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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 07 FEB 2022 (19H00)

February 7

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 07 FEB 2022

  • PORT ELIZABETH/ GQEBERHA – 07 FEB 2022 (05H45) The South African Democratic Teachers Union’s (SADTUs) Eastern Cape Chairperson Tabile Kunene has been elected as the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) Eastern Cape Provincial Chairperson.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 07 FEB 2022

  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 07 FEB 2022 (06H10) The Free State Co-operative Governance Department has filed an urgent High Court application to annul several decisions taken by the Mangaung Metropolitan Council. The Government has submitted court papers stating that the special council meeting has not been lawfully convened and that Speaker, Stefani Lockman-Naidoo, did not convene the meeting on her own accord. Instead, the meeting has been convened at the direction of two African National Congress (ANC) councillors and 17 Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) caucus members. The disputed meeting led to the removal of Acting Municipal Manager Sello More, who has been replaced by Teboho Maine.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 07 FEB 2022

  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 07 FEB 2022 (00H10) The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) has announced the closure of a section of the N1 Southbound in Centurion. The scheduled road closure follows increased rainfall in January 2022 and forms part of efforts to rehabilitate a sinkhole and allow traffic to return to normal. The measure is required to enable gravity survey testing to be conducted on the highway. The surveys are expected to assist SANRAL in completing the design of remedial works for the sinkhole’s rehabilitation. The N1 Southbound between the Flying Saucer Interchange and Botha Avenue on the N1 has been closed as of 23H00 on Sunday, 06 February 2022, and is expected to reopen to motorists as at 04H00 on Monday, 07 February 2022. SANRAL has requested motorists to consider alternative routes and exercise caution when utilising the road.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 07 FEB 2022 (00H20) Eskom has announced the suspension of loadshedding with effect from 21H00 on Sunday, 06 February 2022. The power utility has stated that the suspension follows due to sufficient recovery of electricity generation capacity across the country.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 07 FEB 2022 (08H30) The trial of accused Tony-Lee and Brandon-Lee Thulsie are expected to start in the Johannesburg High Court today, 07 February 2022. The accused face charges for plotting terrorist attacks on South African soil. Tony-Lee and Brandon-Lee Thulsie were arrested in 2016 following raids in various parts of Gauteng. The accused have been suspected of having links to the Islamic State. The accused have been denied bail twice and have been incarcerated for over five years, awaiting trial.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 07 FEB 2022 (09H15) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and EFF Member of Parliament Mbuyiseni Ndlozi are expected to appear at the Johannesburg Magistrate Court today, 07 February 2022. This follows after Afriforum opened a court case against the EFF for using hate speech during the Brendin Horner trial. EFF members have gathered outside the court. Motorists are advised to be vigilant.
  • SPRINGS – 07 FEB 2022 (10H00) Flooding reported on Ermelo Road on the bridge at Blesbok Spruit. Motorists are advised to use the N17 as an alternative route.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 07 FEB 2022 (14H50) President Cyril Ramaphosa has authorised the release of the expert panel report that reviewed the Government’s response to the July 2021 unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal to the public. Ramaphosa tasked the panel to lead a thorough and critical review of the security services preparedness for the July 2021 events and examine all aspects of the security response, and make recommendations on strengthening security capabilities. Ramaphosa is expected to outline the first actions Government will take in response to the findings and recommendations of the report during his State of Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday, 10 February 2022.
  • SOWETO – 07 FEB 2022 (14H55) UPDATE Road closure reported on the Abu Baker Asvat Drive/ R554 and Chris Hani road due to ongoing protest. The situation is volatile. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (12H15) Protest reported on Abu Baker Asvat Drive/ R554 in Midway. Community members are protesting due to poor service delivery regarding electricity. Demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris between Chris Hani Road and the N12. The situation is volatile. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
  • SANDTON – 07 FEB 2022 (16H00) Eskom has announced that stage two of load shedding will be implemented from today, 07 February 2022 at 21H00 until Tuesday, 08 February 2022 at 05H00 to conserve and replenish emergency services. Eskom stated that it has lost units at Camden, Kusile, Duvha and Matla power stations. The return of a unit at Kusile and two units at Majuba power stations have been delayed. The total breakdowns amount to 16,261 megawatts (MW), while planned maintenance is 5,350 MW of capacity.
  • SANDTON – 07 FEB 2022 (16H40) Eskom Group Chief Executive, Andre de Ruyter, is expected to hold a media briefing where Eskom’s management team will provide an update on the current system challenges. The brief is expected to take place today, 07 February 2022, from 17H00 until 18H00.
  • CENTURION – 07 FEB 2022 (17H10) Protest reported outside the Netcare Unitas Hospital. Members of the United Eswatini Diaspora in the country are protesting to demand Queen Mantfombi Dlamini of Eswatini to return to Eswatini to receive medical treatment. The demonstrators have barricaded the entrance of the hospital. Members of the public are advised to be vigilant. Police have been dispatched.
  • CENTURION – 07 FEB 2022 (17H20) Protest reported on the R55 in Olievenhoutbosch. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery related to power outages. 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.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 07 FEB 2022 (18H20) The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has approved the use of China’s COVID-19 vaccine, Sinopharm. The two-dose injection was registered on 31 January 2022 and deemed fit for the use of adults aged 18 years and older. The vaccines offer 79% protection against hospitalisation, but its data has not included research around Omicron.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 07 FEB 2022

  • PIETERMARITZBURG – 07 FEB 2022 (04H00) Road closure reported on the N3 Westbound approaching the Chatterton Road offramp in Pietermaritzburg. The road has been closed to motorists to allow recovery operations following a motor vehicle accident. Authorities are on the scene. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
  • PIETERMARITZBURG – 07 FEB 2022 (08H15) Municipalities owe Umgeni Water R1,2-billion in KwaZulu-Natal. The Ladysmith’s uThukela District Municipality owes R268-million for bulk water. Umgeni Water currently has seven municipal customers, namely eThekwini Metro, uMgungundlovu, Harry Gwala, iLembe, Ugu and King Cetshwayo district municipalities, and Msunduzi. Umgeni Water Corporate Stakeholder Manager, Shami Harichunder, stated that three of the seven customers are in a situation of delayed payment. The others municipalities are up-to-date with payment.
  • DURBAN – 07 FEB 2022 (08H45) Police have launched an investigation into the murder of a victim on Butcher Road in Sydenham, Durban. This follows after a group of suspects shot and killed the victim on Sunday, 06 February 2022. Police stated that the incident is suspected to be gang-related.
  • RICHARDS BAY – 07 FEB 2022 (10H20) Gas leak reported at Foskor mine in Richards Bay. Ambulance services, the City of uMhlathuze Fire and Rescue and other emergency services have been dispatched to Richards Bay High School and other affected locations. Several children and adults have collapsed and have been transported to the hospital. Richards Bay High School is being evacuated. The Richards Bay Clean Air Association (RBCAA) is aware of the situation and made contact with Foskor. The public is advised to be vigilant.
  • PIETERMARITZBURG – 07 FEB 2022 (12H00) UPDATE Residents from Jika Joe Informal Settlement are demanding housing from the municipality. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the situation. (04H50) UPDATE Demonstrators have barricaded the road at the N3 Northbound approaching the Chota Motala onramp. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (03H40) Protest reported on Manning Avenue in the vicinity of Mountain Rise in Pietermaritzburg. Demonstrators have barricaded the roadway with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the protest action is unclear. However, previous demonstrations in the area have been related to service delivery issues regarding electricity. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 07 FEB 2022

  • MAROBENG – 07 FEB 2022 (06H30) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to inspect progress made by the National Department of Transport in completing a 40-kilometre rural access road project in the Greater Letaba local municipality on Tuesday, 08 February 2022. The road includes the R36 provincial route from Marobeng to the D11 road at Tshabelane, Capricorn and Mopani district municipalities. The construction of the road has created 115 work opportunities for youth and women from different villages in the local municipality. Ramaphosa’s visit comes at a time Limpopo is experiencing an increase in unemployment.
  • GA-MASEMOLA – 07 FEB 2022 (09H45) Protest reported on the R579 road at Ga-Masemola in Sekhukhune District. Demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The demonstrators are throwing passing vehicles with stones. Motorists are advised to use the R37 road. Police are on the scene.
  • THOHOYANDOU – 07 FEB 2022 (16H30) A former mayor and a municipal manager have been arrested on allegations of corruption and maladministration related to the Thulamela Local Municipality’s inappropriate investment of R30 million. The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) National Spokesperson, Katlego Mogale, stated that the former mayor accepted a vehicle amounting to R630 000 through the Venda Building Society (VBS) Mutual Bank. Mogale added that the municipal manager invested R30 million of the municipality money into the bank, which is in contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act. The suspects are expected to appear at the Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 08 February 2022.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 07 FEB 2022

  • MALELANE – 07 FEB 2022 (08H00) Suspended African National Congress (ANC) Chairperson of the Ehlanzeni region, Ngrayi Ngwenya, has allegedly organised and sent 20 full minibuses to a venue where acting Mpumalanga ANC Chairperson Mandla Ndlovu was due to address Nkomazi municipality councillors on Thursday, 03 February 2022. This is in an attempt to unseat Mayor Johan Mkhatshwa. The group arrived first and prevented Ndlovu to address the ANC caucus. Ngwenya is serving a five-year suspension from the ANC after he was found guilty on charges relating to his support for the campaign against the incarceration of former President Jacob Zuma on contempt of court charges.
  • PHOLA – 07 FEB 2022 (09H00) The community of Phola has raised concerns regarding local mining companies in the area. The mining activities have caused damages to local infrastructure, including houses and tombstones. In 2019 Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe visited Phola to hear complaints and grievances from the affected communities. The ministry has not reported back nor resolved their grievances.
  • TONGA – 07 FEB 2022 (14H20) Stones and debris reported at the intersection of Mananga Road and the R571 due to protests in the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 07 FEB 2022

  • RUSTENBURG – 07 FEB 2022 (07H45) Rustenburg Local Municipality announced that Sebetsa Trading and Rolyn Engineering is expected to conduct an inspection of the pipeline burst affecting residents of Tlhabane West and Geelhout Park today, 07 February 2022. This follows after the pipe had previously burst and been repaired. However, burst again on Monday, 31 January 2022. Residents of Tlhabane West and Geelhout Park have been without water for more than a week.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 07 FEB 2022

  • KIMBERLEY – 07 FEB 2022 (07H10) The Police have launched an investigation into a business burglary after suspects robbed the Kimberley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) offices. Police Spokesperson Dikeledi Gopane stated that items valued at R90,000 and R4,000 have been stolen during the incident. Three offices have been broken into and one storeroom. No arrests have been made yet. The SPCA offices will be closed for the next two days.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 07 FEB 2022

  • GEORGE – 07 FEB 2022 (02H00) George Municipality Communications Officer Debra Sauer has called on members of the public to decrease water usage significantly. This follows after the Municipality recently expressed continued concerns regarding the primary drinking water reservoirs, which are reportedly experiencing severe pressure. The Municipality has stated that water consumption is being monitored hourly for all areas within the Municipality and that water restrictions have been implemented. Sauer has noted that the flow of water from reservoirs to the system is being restricted on an ongoing basis to compel a reduction in daily consumption.
  • PAARL – 07 FEB 2022 (07H30) Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungube and Deputy Minister in the Presidency Thembi Siweya are expected to conduct a Pre-State of the Nation Address (SONA) awareness campaign in Mbekweni today, 07 February 2022. The programme includes a door-to-door campaign at Mbekweni Thusong Service Centre and surrounding areas.
  • KLAWER – 07 FEB 2022 (12H45) UPDATE Demonstrators are reported outside the Klawer Police Station. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene. (10H30) Police are attempting to disperse demonstrators at the Magistrate Court with stun grenades. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (09H30) Protest reported outside the Klawer Magistrate’s court. A 56-year-old suspect is expected to appear at the court due to the alleged murder of a 13-year-old victim, Jerobijin van Wyk. Klawer residents are demanding justice for the victim. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are on the scene.
  • CAPE TOWN – 07 FEB 2022 (15H00) UPDATE The High Court has ordered the Australian multinational Searcher Seismic to stop its seismic blasting of the West Coast of South Africa from Cape Town to Namibia. (13H50) Demonstrations reported outside the court. The demonstrators have blockaded the entrance of the building. (11H30) Protest expected at the Cape Town High Court today, 07 February 2022, at 12H00. Climate activists will call for the end of seismic surveys in the country. The protest will take place during the interdict hearing against seismic surveys off the West Coast. Motorists are advised to be vigilant during the protest. Police will be dispatched to the scene.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 07 FEB 2022

  • CAPE TOWN: President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to deliver his State of the Nation Address (SONA) to the Joint Sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces on Thursday, 10 February 2022, at 19H00.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana is expected to deliver the inaugural National Budget Speech on Wednesday, 23 February 2022.
  • JOHANNESBURG: South African Airways (SAA) announced that it will resume flights to Durban with three daily return flights from 04 March 2022.

 

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