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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 08 FEB 2022 (19H00)

February 8

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 08 FEB 2022

  • PORT ELIZABETH/ GQEBERHA – 08 FEB 2022 (08H00) The Democratic Alliance (DA) intends to table a motion in the Eastern Cape legislature today, 08 February 2022, calling for the Departments of Health and Education to be placed under administration. The party’s Provincial Leader, Nqaba Bhanga, claimed the province has been facing a money shortage due to the two departments’ finances and the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality’s inaction on the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) recommendations. The party is expected to table a motion for the two departments to be placed under administration in terms of Section 100 of the constitution. Other demands included in the motion are that an immediate overdraft facility is made available to allow the Education Department to distribute all outstanding textbooks and stationery to schools before the end of February 2022.
  • PORT ELIZABETH/GQEBERHA – 08 FEB 2022 (14H40) Aspen Pharmacare has announced that it has partnered with German-based Siemens to increase vaccine production in Africa. Aspen stated that it is in the process of licensing the rights for the first African COVID-19 vaccines, which is expected to be launched as Aspenovax during the second quarter of 2022. Aspen is expected to use Siemens South Africa’s (SA) digital technologies to enhance the current manufacturing in the Eastern Cape. The partnership between the two companies follows after Aspen reached a deal with Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to produce its COVID-19 vaccine to sell on the continent.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 08 FEB 2022

  • VILLIERS – 08 FEB 2022 (02H40) The N3 highway in the vicinity of Wilge Plaza, Villiers, has been reopened to traffic. This follows after the road had recently been closed to allow recovery operations following a motor vehicle accident involving a minibus taxi and a truck. 07 FEB 2022 (21H45) Road closure reported on the N3 approaching the Wilge Plaza Toll Booth in the vicinity of Villiers. The road has been closed to allow recovery operations following a motor vehicle accident. The N3 Northbound is currently obstructed to traffic. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 08 FEB 2022

  • WELVERDIEND – 08 FEB 2022 (08H50) Protest reported on the R501 at the Welverdiend turn-off. Community members are protesting due to poor service delivery regarding electricity. The area has been without electricity for six days. Demonstrators are barricading the road with debris and vehicles. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 08 FEB 2022 (09H30) The Democratic Alliance (DA) is calling for Ministers Bheki Cele and Ayanda Dlodlo to be removed from Cabinet immediately. This follows the release of the report into the July 2021 unrest that affected parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, claiming the lives of more than 300 people. The report revealed that the security services executive must take responsibility for its lapse of leadership, as it failed to respond to the unrest. The DA stated that the President now has concrete evidence to dismiss the Minister of Police and then the Minister of Intelligence.
  • KATLEHONG – 08 FEB 2022 (10H00) Cash-in-transit (CIT) robbery reported on the King Mohlala Road in Palm Ridge, Katlehong. Several suspects bombed an armoured vehicle. Shots have been fired. A large gathering of bystanders is reported. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 08 FEB 2022 (10H15) AfriForum’s civil case against the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is continuing in the Johannesburg High Court today, 08 February 2022. This follows after Afriforum opened a court case against the EFF for allegedly using hate speech during the Brendin Horner trial. EFF members have gathered outside the court. Motorists are advised to be vigilant.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 08 FEB 2022 (10H30) Fifteen suspects are expected to appear in Palm Ridge Specialised Crimes Court in connection with corruption at the South African Police Service (SAPS) today, 08 February 2022. The arrests are related to the acquisition of personal protective equipment (PPE) valued at R1.9-million. Six of the accused are former police officers, two are current serving police officers and one serving administrative clerk. The rest of the accused are civilians linked to the supplier. The accused have been arrested on charges of fraud, theft, corruption and forgery arising from a scheme to unlawfully benefit a third-party supplier of latex gloves for the SAPS nationally in April 2020.
  • CENTURION – 08 FEB 2022 (12H00) UPDATE The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) International is leading the protest at NetCare Unitas hospital. Demonstrators stated that health conditions are deteriorating in eSwatini. However, the royal family is receiving better treatment in South Africa. (20H40) Protest expected on Tuesday, 08 February 2022 at the NetCare Unitas Hospital in Centurion. The members affiliated with the United eSwatini Diaspora are expected to protest to demand the Queen mother of Eswatini, Ntombi Tfwala, to return to Eswatini to receive medical treatment in Eswatini Hospital. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the situation.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 08 FEB 2022 (13H30) Cash in Transit (CIT) robbery reported in the vicinity of China Mall in Crown City. Reports indicate that unidentified suspects have robbed an armoured vehicle of an undisclosed amount of money. One injury has been reported. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 08 FEB 2022 (15H20) Protest expected by members of Operation Dudula movement on Thursday 10 February 2022 at the Booysens Magistrate Court from 08H30. The members would be protesting in solidarity with Advocate Ike Khumalo. Ike Khumalo’s is expected to appear in court following his arrest in connection with the looting and unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal in July 2021. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to the area to monitor the situation.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 08 FEB 2022 (17H10) President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Daniel Mminele as the new head of the newly established Presidential Climate Finance Task Team. Mminele is expected to lead the country’s efforts to mobilise finance for a just transition. The Presidential Climate Finance Task Team, led by Mminele together with the Asset and Liability Division from National Treasury, will analyse the offer to advise the Cabinet on its composition, affordability, alignment with the regulatory environment. Mminele will engage with partner countries, coordinate relevant Government Departments, development finance institutions, the private sector, and oversee the development of relevant financing mechanisms and facilities to enable the flow of international climate finance to support the country’s just transition in the electricity, electric vehicles and green hydrogen sectors.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 08 FEB 2022 (18H00) Protest expected by the African National Congress Women League (ANCWL) members on Wednesday, 09 February 2022 at 08H30. The ANCWL is expected to protest in solidarity with ANCWL President Bathabile Dlamini, that is expected to appear in Johannesburg Central Magistrate Court. Bathabile Dlamini has been accused of r perjury. The case relates to her testimony during an inquiry the Constitutional Court had instituted into her role in the 2017 social grants crisis.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 08 FEB 2022 (18H25) Transnet has announced that it has launched investigations following a fire that broke out at the Transnet engineering facility in Koedoespoort today, 08 February 2022. Reports indicated that a fire broke out in a coach while the train was in for repairs. One suspect has been arrested, and two suspects have fled the scene. The Transnet Spokesperson, Ayanda Shezi, stated that details would be provided after investigations.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 08 FEB 2022

  • RICHARDS BAY – 08 FEB 2022 (08H40) Protest reported on the R34/ John Ross Highway near Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone (RBIDZ). Demonstrators are barricading the road. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene
  • MPOPHOMENI – 08 FEB 2022 (10H00) Aircraft accident reported on Birnhamwood road in Merrivale. An aircraft has crashed into a maize field. The pilot has been injured and transported to Life Hilton Hospital. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Emergency services are on the scene. Recovery is in progress.
  • ESHOWE – 08 FEB 2022 (14H00) UPDATE The R66 has been reopened for traffic flow. Motorists are advised to be cautious. The situation remains volatile.  (06H40) Community members are protesting due to poor service delivery regarding electricity supply in the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.  (06H30) Protest reported on the R66 between Eshowe and Gingindlovu. Demonstrators are barricading the road with debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 08 FEB 2022

  • THOHOYANDOU – 08 FEB 2022 (12H25) UPDATE Former Thulamela Mayor Avhashoni Tshifhango and Municipal Manager Hlengani Maluleke have been granted bail of R30,000 each. They are accused of investing R30-million of municipal funds into VBS Mutual Bank. (07H30) A former Mayor and a Municipal Manager are expected to appear in the Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court today, 08 February 2022. This follows after the accused have been arrested on allegations of corruption and maladministration in connection with the Thulamela Local Municipality’s investment of R30-million into VBS Mutual Bank. Hawks’ National Spokesperson Katlego Mogale stated that the former Mayor accepted a vehicle valued at R638,000 through a VBS money laundering the third party. The Municipal Manager invested the municipality money into the bank, which is in contravention of the Municipal Finance Management Act.
  • THAKGALANI – 08 FEB 2022 (15H40) UPDATE Ramaphosa has expressed satisfaction over the progress in constructing a 32 kilometre (km) D11 road that connects several villages from Morebeng, Thakgalani and Sekgoses in the Capricorn and Mopani Districts. Ramaphosa stated that the construction of the road will enhance economic activities in the area, which is dominated by agricultural activities. Ramaphosa added that the Government has managed to construct the road in phases without fail for three years, and the road is currently at 95% completion and is expected to be completed by the end of March 2022. (08H25) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to conduct an oversight visit in Thakgalani village today, 08 February 2022, at 09H00. Ramaphosa will inspect progress made by the National Department of Transport in completing a 40-kilometre rural access road project.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 08 FEB 2022

  • MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT – 08 FEB 2022 (07H40) Australian mining company Vantage Goldfields is attempting to stop the sale of two Mpumalanga mines. This follows after Vantage approached the Mbombela High Court to appeal Judge President Francis Legodi’s 26 October 2021 judgment, in which he ordered business rescue practitioners Rob Devereux and Daniel Terblanche to recognise Arqomanzi (Pty) Ltd as the bidder for Lily and Barbrook mines. Arqomanzi had been trying to purchase the mines in Louisville, near Barberton. However, its attempts had been continuously thwarted by Vantage. Legodi also issued an order restraining the business rescue practitioners from making misrepresentations to any person that the mining rights could be transferred to another entity during the business rescue process. The judge dismissed Vantage’s application for leave to appeal, with costs, in a ruling issued on Friday, 04 February 2022.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 08 FEB 2022

  • BRITS – 08 FEB 2022 (06H05) Road closure expected on the R511 Westbound off-ramp from the N4 between Brits and Hartbeespoort from 07H00 today, 08 February 2022, until 11 February 2022. The road is expected to be closed to motorists to allow emergency road repair operations. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the road closure.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 08 FEB 2022

  • KATHU – 08 FEB 2022 (07H10) Protest reported on the R380 and Ian Flemming Street near the Traffic Department in Kathu. Demonstrators are barricading the roads with debris. Previously, community members have been protesting due to the lack of work opportunities at the local mines. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
  • PETRUSVILLE – 08 FEB 2022 (17H30) UPDATE Motorists are advised to avoid the R48 and entrances to Petrusville. The situation remains volatile. (11H20) Protest reported on the R48 at the four-way intersection in Petrusville. Demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. Previously, municipality employees protested due to non-payment of salaries. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 08 FEB 2022

  • CAPE TOWN – 08 FEB 2022 (06H10) The Presiding Officers of Parliament is expected to address the media today, 08 February 2022, at 09H30 on Parliament’s state of readiness to host the State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2022 by the President of the Republic on 10 February 2022. The briefing will take place at Parliament, Imbizo Centre.
  • CAPE TOWN – 08 FEB 2022 (06H45) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has renounced its court application to have all Members of Parliament (MPs) physically present for the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday, 10 February 2022. The party launched an urgent application in the Western Cape High Court after Parliament announced the SONA would be a hybrid event, with a limited number of MPs attending physically and others connecting virtually. After a fire at the National Assembly building, this year’s SONA will be held at the Cape Town City Hall. Only 300 MPs will attend the event in person, while the rest will participate through the virtual platform.
  • CAPE TOWN – 08 FEB 2022 (13H00) Road closures are expected ahead of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday, 10 February 2022. The road closures have been divided into 8 phases. In phase one, roads will be closed from 05H00, 01 February 2022 until 00H00, 16 February 2022. The roads include Corporation Street between Darling and Longmarket Street and curbside fencing around the Cape Town City Hall perimeter.
  • CAPE TOWN – 08 FEB 2022 (13H00) Road closures are expected ahead of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday, 10 February 2022. The road closures have been divided into 8 phases. In phase two, roads will be closed from 15H00, 07 February 2022 until 00H00, 09 February 2022. The roads include Darling Street between Plein Street and Buitenkant Street, Darling Street between Buitenkant and Castle of Good Hope, Parade Street between Caledon Street and Darling Street.
  • CAPE TOWN – 08 FEB 2022 (13H00) Road closures are expected ahead of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday, 10 February 2022. The road closures have been divided into 8 phases. In phase three, roads will be closed from 00H00, 09 February 2022 until 23H45, 10 February 2022, to include 14, 15, 16 February 2022. The roads include Roeland Street, Buitenkant Street,   Plein Street, Spin Street, Commercial Street, Parade Street, Corporation Street and Caledon Street.
  • CAPE TOWN – 08 FEB 2022 (13H00) Road closures are expected ahead of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday, 10 February 2022. The road closures have been divided into 8 phases. In phase four, roads will be closed from 00H00, 09 February 2022 until 23H45, 10 February 2022, to include 14, 15, 16 February 2022. The roads include Darling Street, Longmarket Street, Corporation Street, Parade Street, Plein Street and Commercial Street.
  • CAPE TOWN – 08 FEB 2022 (13H00) Road closures are expected ahead of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday, 10 February 2022. The road closures have been divided into 8 phases. In phase five, roads will be closed from 04H00 till 23H45 on Thursday, 10 February 2022. The roads include Commercial Street between Plein Street and Buitenkant Street.
  • CAPE TOWN – 08 FEB 2022 (13H00) Road closures are expected ahead of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday, 10 February 2022. The road closures have been divided into 8 phases. In phase six, roads will be closed from 04H00 till 23H45 on Thursday, 10 February 2022, to include 14, 15, 16 February 2022. The roads include Plein Street between Roeland and Barrack Street.
  • CAPE TOWN – 08 FEB 2022 (13H00) Road closures are expected ahead of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday, 10 February 2022. The road closures have been divided into 8 phases. In phase seven, roads will be closed from 17H45 till 19H30 on Thursday, 10 February 2022. The roads include Klipper Road, Princess Anne Avenue, Newlands Avenue, Dean Street, M3, Union Avenue, Rhodes Drive, Philip Kgosana Drive, Roeland Street,  Buitenkant Street, Darling Street, Hanover Street, Anzio Road and N2 Settlers Way.
  • CAPE TOWN – 08 FEB 2022 (13H00) Road closures are expected ahead of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday, 10 February 2022. The road closures have been divided into 8 phases. In phase eight, roads will be closed from 17H45 till 19H30 on Thursday, 10 February 2022. The roads include Roeland Street between Buitenkant and Brandweer Street and Buitenkant Street between Roeland and Darling Street.
  • CAPE TOWN – 08 FEB 2022 (17H20) UPDATE The case against a suspect accused of setting alight in the basement at St. Georges Cathedral has been withdrawn due to insufficient evidence. (04H00) Authorities have announced that a suspect is expected to appear in court today, 08 February 2022, on allegations of arson in connection to the recent fire at the St George’s Cathedral in the Cape Town City Centre. The suspect has been accused of being involved in the fire that occurred in the basement of the St George’s Cathedral on Sunday, 06 February 2022. Western Cape Police Spokesperson Andrè Traut has stated that surveillance cameras of a hospitality establishment in the area captured footage of a possible suspect who had been seen in close proximity of the crime scene. Traut has noted that the motive for the arson is yet to be established and that further investigations are underway to establish the extent of damage caused by the fire.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 08 FEB 2022

  • BRITS: Road closure expected on the R511 Westbound off-ramp from the N4 between Brits and Hartbeespoort from 07H00 on Tuesday, 08 February 2022, until 11 February 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.
  • JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected by members of Operation Dudula movement on Thursday 10 February 2022 at the Booysens Magistrate Court from 08H30.
  • 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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February 8