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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 04 MAR 2022 (10H00)

March 4

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 04 MAR 2022

  • GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 03 MAR 2022 (21H30) Road closure reported on Ferguson Road approaching the Grahamstown Road turnoff in the vicinity of Deal Party, Gqeberha. The road has been closed to traffic to allow recovery operations following a motor vehicle accident. Traffic flow on Grahamstown Road is also being severely affected. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Authorities are on the scene.
  • EAST LONDON – 04 MAR 2022 (08H45) The trial of Economic Freedom Fighter, leader Julius Malema and co-accused Adriaan Snyman is expected to continue today, 04 March 2022, at the East London Magistrate Court. Malema and Snyman face charges of illegal possession of a firearm, contravention of the Firearms Control Act, the illegal possession of ammunition and reckless endangerment to persons or property.
  • PORT ELIZABETH/GQEBERHA – 04 MAR 2022 (09H30) Protest reported at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) South Campus. Students are protesting to demand an extension of registrations. The demonstrators have barricaded with burning tyres and debris. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 04 MAR 2022

  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 03 MAR 2022 (20H00) The Free State Provincial Government has reportedly avoided power outages at various Government buildings. The Spokesperson of Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality’s power utility, Centlec, has confirmed that the two parties agreed to pay monies in arrears. Spokesperson Lele Mamatu stated that the money owed to Centlec by the Provincial Government is more than R200-million. Centlec did institute power outages to some of the Government buildings today, 03 March 2022. However, it has been restored after talks with the Government.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 04 MAR 2022

  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 03 MAR 2022 (19H00) The United States (US) has imposed sanctions on a Tanzanian national, Peter Charles Mbaga, for his alleged role in the financing of the Islamic State (ISIS) insurgency in Mozambique. Mbaga, currently based in South Africa,  facilitated funds transfers from South Africa, assisting ISIS to purchase the equipment at South African Market and Weapons in Mozambique. This follows after the ISIS staged attacks in villages and towns in northern Mozambique from October 2017, killing more than 2,500 civilians and destroying crucial infrastructure, including schools and health centres.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 03 MAR 2022 (22H30) The United Kingdom (UK) and Norway have invested approximately R600 million to develop renewable energy projects in South Africa. This aims to assist the country in funding the transition from coal power generation to renewable clean fuels. The countries’ development-finance institutions are expected to assist renewables company H1 Capital construct 2,400 megawatts (mW) of wind and solar power plants. The investment follows commitments made by several countries during the recently held 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) Summit. Several of the Norwegian and UK funding is set to be used for projects awarded to H1 during South Africa’s fifth round of renewable-energy auctions. The company’s portfolio includes wind, solar and hydro projects.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 04 MAR 2022 (03H30) National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) Spokesperson Livhuwani Mmamburu has announced that union members have rejected an offer of R700 wage increase per year for three years by Sibanye-Stillwater. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) and NUM members are demanding an R1,000 increase per year for three years. This follows after the involved parties failed to reach an agreement at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA). Mmamburu has further stated that 79% of NUM members have voted in favour of the launch of industrial action in protest against the offer. AMCU Treasurer-General Jimmy Gama has urged Sibanye to review the offer to avoid industrial action. Sibanye Gold operations include the Driefontein, Kloof, Cook, and Beatrix mines.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 04 MAR 2022 (06H00) South African Airways (SAA) announced that it will resume flights to Durban with three daily return flights today, 04 March 2022. SAA will make it easier for customers from across its growing Africa network to reach Durban on a single SAA ticket and easier for Durbanites to conveniently connect on SAA to Accra, Harare, Kinshasa, Lagos, Lusaka and Mauritius services.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 04 MAR 2022 (06H05)  The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is expected to hold an EFF Red Friday and 1-Million Member Recruitment Drive at Atteridgeville Community Hall today, 04 March 2022, at 11H00. Motorists are advised to be vigilant during the event.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 04 MAR 2022

  • PIETERMARITZBURG – 03 MAR 2022 (19H30) Road closure reported on the N3 between Town Bush Road and Peter Brown Drive in Town Bush Valley. The road is closed due to a heavy motor vehicle accident. A truck is on fire. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Emergency services are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 04 MAR 2022

  • POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG – 03 MAR 2022 (20H40) Students at Capricorn TVET College, Seshego campus, raised concerns that the college is delaying the payment of allowances from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). It is alleged that the college is requesting students to submit supporting documents such as an affidavit and a signature of a parent on the declaration form before they can receive their allowances. The College Spokesperson, Madire Mashabela, stated that the college is within its rights to request the said documents in order to comply with NSFAS eligibility requirements.
  • MANKWENG – 04 MAR 2022 (06H10)  Protest expected at the University of Limpopo, Turfloop Campus today 04 March 2022 at 10H00. The Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC) will be protesting for free education. Motorists are advised to be vigilant during the protest. Police will be dispatched to the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 04 MAR 2022

  • BARBERTON – 04 MAR 2022 (08H20) The City of Mbombela has announced a planned power outage expected on Sunday, 06 March 2022, in Barberton from 08H00 until 18H00. The electricity will be interrupted to allow Eskom to conduct maintenance on their 22 000-volt equipment at various substations. The following areas are expected to be affected include Barberton Ext. 1, 2, 3, 4,5, the Central Business District (CBD), Kamadakwa, Umjindi trust, Umjindi Ext. 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18. Eskom has stated that updates will be provided to the public as the situation progresses.
  • WITBANK/EMALAHLENI – 04 MAR 2022 (09H15) Protest reported on Ferrobank/N4 off-ramp and Schonland Drive. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 04 MAR 2022

  • RUSTENBURG – 03 MAR 2022 (19H00) Protest reported on the R510 between Boitekong Mall and Tlou Street. Demonstrators are barricading the road with debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
  • MAHIKENG – 03 MAR 2022 (19H20) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to participate in a Post State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Mmabatho Stadium on Saturday, 12 March 2022, at 10H00.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 04 MAR 2022

  • ALEXANDER BAY – 03 MAR 2022 (19H45) The Democratic Alliance (DA) is calling on the Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan, to clarify the appointment of the acting General Manager (GM) Leilani Swartbooi of the Pooling and Sharing Joint Venture (PSJV) between Alexkor and the Richtersveld Mining Company (RMC) in the Alexander Bay area. Swartbooi was previously the Environmental Manager at the diamond mine. The DA has raised concerns regarding her appointment as she is allegedly responsible for the environmental damage along the Northern Cape coast, where cofferdams have been built under her supervision.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 04 MAR 2022

  • PLETTENBERG BAY – 03 MAR 2022 (22H10) The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) has announced that tariffs at the Tsitsikamma tollgate on the N2 outside Plettenberg Bay have increased by 5% as of this week. The adjustments to the fees are part of SANRAL’s annual tariff changes in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as obtained from Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). SANRAL Communications Manager Vusi Mona has stated that the CPI percentage of 5% has been published in the Government Gazette. Mona has further noted that the toll fees are applied to maintain, operate, and improve toll roads and decrease service debt incurred to implement toll road projects.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 04 MAR 2022

  • SOWETO: Peaceful protest expected at the Orlando Stadium from 11H00 on 05 March 2022.
  • MIDDELBURG: The new resident’s forum, known as Dis Nou Genoeg, is expected to apply for an interdict at the Middelburg High Court on Tuesday, 08 March 2022, against the Steve Tshwete Local Municipality, resigned Municipal Manager Bheki Khenisa and striking employees.
  • CAPE TOWN: Peaceful protest expected at the Parliament Building on Thursday, 08 March 2022, from 12H00 till 14H00 as part of the Women’s Climate Strike.
  • MAHIKENG: President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to participate in a Post State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Mmabatho Stadium on Saturday, 12 March 2022, at 10H00.
  • CAPE TOWN: Protest expected on Saturday, 19 March 20202 at the Paarden Kraal Pub from 11H00.
  • PORT ELIZABETH/GQEBERHA: Protest expected on Saturday, 19 March 2022 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium from 10H00.
  • JOHANNESBURG: Peaceful protest expected by members of Kopanang Africa Against Xenophobia movement on Monday, 21 March 2022, at the office of the Premier.

 

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