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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 01 APR 2022 (10H00)
SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 01 APR 2022
- MOUNT AYLIFF – 31 MAR 2022 (21H40) UPDATE The N2 has been reopened to allow the movement of traffic. However, motorists are advised that traffic remains severely congested. Police are also on the scene and monitoring the situation. (20H15) Road closure reported on the N2 road between Kokstad and uMthatha. Reports indicate the closure is due to landslides. Furthermore, suspects are allegedly looting trucks in the area. Members in the area are advised to remain cautious. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
- GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 01 APR 2022 (03H00) The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has raised concerns regarding the recent increase in the SARS-CoV-2 virus detected in wastewater in the Nelson Mandela Bay and Cape Town municipalities. The SAMRC Wastewater Surveillance and Research Programme (WSARP) conducts weekly wastewater sampling and analysis at approximately 80 sites across the country. Traces of the virus found at wastewater plants are not able to transmit to humans as it is not live but rather microscopic genetic material. SAMRC President Glenda Gray has stated that the recent increase follows several months of low concentrations of SARS-CoV-2. The analysis reportedly indicates a significant increase in SARS-CoV-2 concentrations in wastewater samples collected from sentinel towns in the Western Cape’s Breede Valley area and at the Cape Town International Airport
SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 01 APR 2022
- ALLANRIDGE – 01 APR 2022 (09H25) Road closure reported on the R30 in Allanridge towards Bothaville due to recent motor vehicle accidents related to flooding. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Emergency services are monitoring the area.
SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 01 APR 2022
- PRETORIA/TSHWANE – 31 MAR 2022 (19H10) President Cyril Ramaphosa has elected General Sehlahle Masemola as the new National Police Commissioner. The appointment follows the mutually agreed removal of previous Commissioner General Khehla Sitole. His removal follows the July unrest of 2021, in addition to continued debates between Sitole and Police Minister Bheki Cele.
- PRETORIA/TSHWANE – 31 MAR 2022 (20H20) Protest expected at 123 Francis Baard Street on 05 April 2022 at 10H00 by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters Students Command Council (EFFSC). Demonstrators are expected to protest in solidarity with the Free Education movement for higher education. This follows after President Zuma announced the Government would provide free education to students with a combined annual household income of approximately R350,000 from 2018. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
- BRAKPAN – 31 MAR 2022 (21H10) Protest reported at the intersection of Koot Street and the R23 in the vicinity of Minnebron, Brakpan. Community members have obstructed the roadway with debris in protest against service delivery related matters. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Authorities are on the scene.
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 31 MAR 2022 (22H40) Deputy President David Mabuza has announced that President Cyril Ramaphosa has approved the amendment of Scheduled 2 of the Electricity Regulations Act 4 of 2006. This effectively increases the embedded generation threshold from 1 megawatt (mW) to 100 megawatts (mW). In this regard, the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has amended the electricity regulations of new generation capacity and has established processes to be followed to ensure requests by Municipalities for their own generation are attended to. Mabuza has stated that 292 small-scale generators have registered with the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA), with a generation capacity of 187 mW. The Independent Power Producers Office is also processing offers by independent power producers for approval by Eskom and the National Treasury. The Deputy President has further noted that requests for proposals (RFPs) for 1,600 mW of renewable energy are expected to be issued by the end of August 2022.
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 31 MAR 2022 (22H35) Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has announced that the general fuel levy is scheduled to be reduced by R1,50 per litre from Wednesday, 06 April 2022, until 31 May 2022. The measure is set to reduce the levy for petrol from R3,85 per litre to R2,35 per litre, with diesel decreasing from R3,70 per litre to R2,20 per litre. Approximately R6 billion of the state’s strategic oil reserves are set to be sold to fund the levy reductions to avoid an impact on Government’s debt. In addition, the Government plans to alter fuel prices from 01 June 2022. This is set to include a reduction in the basic fuel price of 3c per litre. The Demand Side Management Levy (DSML) of 10c per litre on 95 unleaded petrol sold inland will be eradicated. A price limit is expected to be introduced on 93 octane petrol, which means retailers are able to sell below the regulated prices. The Government is also set to stop publishing guidance on diesel prices to promote greater competition.
- JOHANNESBURG – 01 APR 2022 (06H20) The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) President, Bathabile Dlamini, is scheduled to appear before the Johannesburg Central Magistrates Court today, 01 April 2022, at 08H30, for her perjury case. The case relates to her statement at an inquiry established by the Constitutional Court during her role in the 2017 social grant at the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). Demonstrations are expected to occur outside the court in solidarity with Dlamini. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police will be deployed to monitor the area.
- SANDTON – 01 APR 2022 (06H30) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to appear before the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) today, 01 April 2022. The hearing will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton at 09H00. President Ramaphosa will give evidence at the National Investigative Hearing into the July 2021 unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. The Commission launched the investigative hearings to exercise its constitutional and statutory mandate related to the causes of the unrest and its impact on human rights.
- MIDRAND – 01 APR 2022 (06H35) The Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, is expected to provide an update on the deadline for the extension of licence validity today, 01 April 2022, at 09H00 at the Licensing Department offices in Vorna Valley. This follows after the Department of Transport announced the extension of learner’s licences, driving licence cards, temporary driving licences and professional driving permits until 31 March 2022, as part of Government measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 01 APR 2022
- UMZIMKULU – 01 APR 2022 (06H00) The Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele and the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, are expected to undertake a two-day District Development Model (DDM) visit to the Harry Gwala District Municipality from Saturday, 02 April 2022 until 03 April 2022. During the visit, the Ministers, accompanied by Members of the Executive Council (MECs), the Executive Mayor of the District and Local Mayors, will assess progress on construction projects linked to the District One Plan. These include the Community Residential Units in Ixobho and Kokstad, Umzimkhulu Stadium in Umzimkhulu, Bulwer Dam in Bulwer, Singisi Power Station and N2/R56 Interchange in Kokstad.
- RICHARDS BAY – 01 APR 2022 (08H20) The Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordan, is expected to oversee the historic conclusion of the land claim agreement in Richards Bay for future port expansion and provide an update on third party rail slots between Transnet and the Isizwe sase Mandlanzini Trust today, 01 Friday, 2022 at the Action Cricket Hall, Tuzi Gazi Waterfront from 09H00. The agreement is expected to pave the way for expanding the Port of Richards Bay. The Government has prioritised massive investment in the port system across the country to improve efficiency by upgrading and developing port infrastructure.
SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 01 APR 2022
- MARBLEHALL – 31 MAR 2022 (20H00) Leader of the Limpopo Permanent Delegates to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Lilliet Mamaregane, has announced that the Flag Boshielo Bulkwater System in Marblehall, Sekhukhune, is expected to reach completion in 2028. The project currently supplies 40 villages with water, with 106 additional villages set to benefit from the project upon its completion. The announcement follows the conclusion of a site visit to projects in the district as part of the NCOPs Provincial Week programme in the province.
SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 01 APR 2022
- MALELANE – 01 APR 2022 (06H05) Peaceful protest expected by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) at Ruperts Farm on Wednesday, 06 April 2022. EFF members and supporters are expected to conduct the party’s Land Day Picket at Rupert Farms in Malelane. The demonstrators are expected to gather at the Malelane Gate RCL Foods Procurement from 09H00 before marching to Ruperts Farms. Motorists are advised to avoid the area during the protest and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the area.
- BELFAST – 01 APR 2022 (09H00) Protest reported on the R540 in Belfast towards Dullstroom. The demonstrators are blocking Trucks and business vehicles from driving through the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
- EMALAHLENI/WITBANK – 01 APR 2022 (09H10) UPDATE The ANC Provincial Task Team (PTT) coordinator, Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, has addressed the ANC members. Ntshalintshali stated that corrections will be made to the delegate list for the ANC provincial conference. (08H50) Clashes reported at the Emalahleni City Hall between security officers and African National Congress (ANC) members. The ANC members demand access to the registration venue ahead of the ANC Provincial Conference. Members of the public are advised to be vigilant. Police have been dispatched.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 01 APR 2022
- MAHIKENG – 31 MAR 2022 (21H00) National Council of Provinces (NCOP) members have raised concerns regarding the North West Government’s inability to address poor road infrastructure in the province. The NCOP raised concerns regarding the state of affairs during the member’s ongoing visit to the province. The North West has a road network of approximately 1 960 kilometres (km), with an estimated 80% of the infrastructure in a deplorable state due to a lack of adequate maintenance.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 01 APR 2022
- UPINGTON – 01 APR 2022 (08H00) A suspect is expected to appear at the Upington Magistrate Court today, 01 April 2022, on charges of fraud. The suspect was arrested after investigations and a search conducted at the Upington casino hotel, where he used R80, 000 using details of three different bank accounts.
SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 01 APR 2022
- CAPE TOWN – 31 MAR 2022 (21H35) Protest reported on Victoria Road between Earl Street and Princess Street in the vicinity of Hout Bay, Cape Town. Demonstrators are obstructing the roadway to traffic. The protest action is also affecting traffic movement on Harbour Road at the Atlantic Skipper Street junction. The reason for the demonstration is unclear at this time. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Authorities are on the scene.
- CAPE TOWN – 31 MAR 2022 (22H00) Deputy President David Mabuza has confirmed that discussions between Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe and Mozambican officials are underway for an agreement to allow the purchase of gas from Mozambique. Mabuza made the announcement during a National Assembly sitting in Cape Town, stating that the Government has established a regulatory environment that is conducive to exploring the market for alternative power generation producers. Within the framework of the integrated resource plan (IRP), alternative energy generation measures are being studied and implemented to increase electricity supply and improve the stability of the national power grid.
- CAPE TOWN – 31 MAR 2022 (23H25) Protest reported at the Parliament building in the Cape Town City Centre. Reports indicate that Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) students are marching in the area to demand free education. The demonstration is causing ground travel disruptions on St. Johns Street, Roeland Street and Hope Street, and other routes in the affected area. Authorities are on the scene and monitoring the situation. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
- CAPE TOWN – 01 APR 2022 (00H10) Peaceful protest expected by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) at Ruperts Farm in Stellenbosch on Wednesday, 06 April 2022. EFF Cape Winelands members and supporters are expected to conduct the party’s Land Day Picket at Rupert Farms in Stellenbosch, Cape Town. Participants are expected to gather at the corner of Simmons Street and Koelenhof Road from 09H00 before marching to Ruperts Farms. Motorists are advised that ground travel disruptions are expected during the march. Authorities are expected to be deployed to the area to monitor the demonstration
UPCOMING EVENTS – 01 APR 2022
- TSHWANE/PRETORIA: Protest expected at 123 Francis Baard street on 05 April 2022 at 10H00 by members of the Economic Freedom Fighters Students Command (EFFSC).
- TSHWANE/PRETORIA: Protest expected by the members of the Forgotten Nation on Wednesday, 06 April 2022, at the Department of Employment and Labour.
- MALELANE: Peaceful protest expected by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) at Ruperts Farm on Wednesday, 06 April 2022.
- CAPE TOWN: Peaceful protest expected by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) at Ruperts Farm in Stellenbosch on Wednesday, 06 April 2022.
- BLOEMFONTEIN: The pre-trial hearing of former Premier Ace Magashule and co-accused in the asbestos corruption case are expected to start on Sunday, 10 April 2022.
- BLOEMFONTEIN: Former President Jacob Zuma is expected to appear in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein on Monday, 11 April 2022.
- KING WILLIAMS: Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality is expected to hold elections for ward 33 on Wednesday, 20 April 2022.
- RUSTENBURG: Unrest expected at the Olympia Park Stadium by Operation Dudula members from 09H00 on 27 April 2022.
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