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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 09 FEB 2022 (10H00)

February 9

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 09 FEB 2022

  • PORT ELIZABETH/ GQEBERHA – 09 FEB 2022 (09H30) Local Gqeberha business owners have raised concerns regarding poor service delivery in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality area. This follows after business owners paid to resolve a sewerage pipe that runs across a municipal servitude that left their premises flooded with sewage in December 2021. The business owners have engaged with the Municipality to address the problem permanently. Municipal Spokesperson Mthubanzi Mniki stated that a team would be dispatched to assess the issue as soon as resources are available.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 09 FEB 2022

  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 09 FEB 2022 (07H50) The Hawks in Free State stated that they will oppose the bail application of 27-year-old South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) intruder Jafta Mofokeng. Mofokeng is accused of business burglary, trespassing and malicious damage to property at the SABC offices in Bloemfontein. Mofokeng allegedly entered the building and painted graffiti on the walls before he was shot during a confrontation with the security personnel. Mofokeng appeared briefly at the magistrate’s court after he was discharged from the hospital on Monday, 07 February 2022. The court case has been postponed to Tuesday, 15 February 2022.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 09 FEB 2022

  • JOHANNESBURG – 08 FEB 2022 (19H45) Protest reported on Heidelberg Road/M31. 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.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 08 FEB 2022 (22H10) The City of Ekurhuleni has announced that Rand Water’s Mapleton Booster Station has been restored to full operational capacity after Eskom successfully restored power to the station. This follows after several areas within the City had experienced water supply interruptions due to technical difficulties at the Eskom substation that supplies power to Rand Water’s Mapleton Booster Station. The City has informed residents in areas affected by water outages during the preceding five days that the problem has been resolved successfully.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 09 FEB 2022 (06H00) Protest expected by the African National Congress Women League (ANCWL) members today, 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 perjury. The case relates to her testimony during an inquiry the Constitutional Court had instituted into her role in the 2017 social grants crisis.
  • SANDTON – 09 FEB 2022 (06H15) Johannesburg’s City Power has warned that Eskom’s planned tariff increase will be passed on directly to municipalities and residents. Eskom had applied to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) for a 20.5% increase as part of an annual review. A 20.5% increase would mean a 17.5% increase for municipalities. The increase would not only be limited to Eskom’s direct costs. Network and service charges and other operating costs would also rise.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 09 FEB 2022 (06H30) Werksmans Attorneys stated that it will not be representing the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) in an appeal hearing. PRASA is facing an appeal in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) against the October 2020 Pretoria High Court judgment that set aside contracts between the rail agency and Siyangena Technologies. Siyangena has been found to have unlawfully won contracts to supply security infrastructure to PRASA stations for the 2010 World Cup and subsequent contracts.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 09 FEB 2022 (07H00) Protest reported on Heidelberg Road and Vickers Road in Deep City heading towards Johannesburg Central Business District (CBD). Demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
  • SOWETO – 09 FEB 2022 (07H15) Protest reported on the N12/ Moroka Bypass between the R554 Lenasia exit and the R558 Protea Glen off-ramp. Community members are protesting due to poor service delivery regarding electricity. Demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 09 FEB 2022

  • NEWCASTLE – 08 FEB 2022 (20H45) The Newcastle Magistrate Court has postponed the case of two suspects in connection with the murder of the Speaker of the Amajuba District Municipality, Reginald Ndima, to Monday, 14 February 2022, for bail application. The two suspects were arrested after the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) councillor Reginald Ndima was shot and killed outside his home in Newcastle.
  • BELGRADE – 09 FEB 2022 (06H50) Protest expected on the N2 between Belgrade and Candover today, 09 February 2022. Members affiliated with the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) and community will support IFP candidates nominated for Wards Councillors during the previous local government elections. Demonstrators stated that they will be protesting until their demands are met by the IFP leaders. Motorists are advised to be vigilant during the protest. Police will be dispatched to the scene.
  • PIETERMARITZBURG – 09 FEB 2022 (08H25) Road closure reported on the N3 northbound at Armitage Road. The road is closed due to a motor vehicle accident. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Emergency services have been dispatched to the scene. Recovery is in progress.
  • PORT SHEPSTONE – 09 FEB 2022 (09H50) Protest reported on Izotsha Road near Titus Auto Centre in Riversmead. Demonstrators are marching on the road. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 09 FEB 2022

  • POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG – 09 FEB 2022 (08H00) The Operations and Maintenance Manager at Lepelle Northern Water, Lebohang Sebola, announced that the water authority is launching an infrastructure project to upgrade Olifantspoort and Ebenezer systems. This project is expected to double the water supply to the Polokwane Local Municipality and replace the pipelines that are leaking to ensure a consistent water supply. The water supply challenges are due to vandalism and leaking pipes.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 09 FEB 2022

  • MIDDELBURG – 08 FEB 2022 (23H40) UPDATE The road has been reopened to allow the regular movement of traffic following the completion of recovery operations. (23H00) Road closure reported on the N4 between the Samora Machel Road interchange and the Hendrina turnoff in the vicinity of Middelburg. The N4 Eastbound has been closed to traffic to allow recovery operations following a motor vehicle accident. Authorities are on the scene. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 09 FEB 2022

  • MARIKANA – 09 FEB 2022 (04H10) French independent power producer (IPP) Total Eren and British company Chariot have entered into an agreement to install a 40 Mega Watt peak (MWp) solar power plant at the Tharisa mine in the North West province. The project is not expected to require a permit from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA). The project is the first project undertaken within the framework of the partnership between the IPP Total Ereng, a subsidiary of the French oil group TotalEnergies, and the British company Chariot. The two partners have recently signed a framework agreement with Tharisa PLC, a producer of platinum group metals and chromium. The solar power plant is expected to provide electricity to a Tharisa mine located in the North West province, with its capacity expected to increase over the years of operation at the mine. Total Eren and Chariot are expected to ensure the development, financing, construction, ownership, and operation of the solar power plant at the Tharisa mine.
  • MAHIKENG – 09 FEB 2022 (08H30) The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) in the North West, has warned of a possible provincial strike if the Department of Community Safety and Transport Management does not meet the workers’ demands. Traffic officials at Montshioa Traffic Department in Mahikeng, have already embarked on lunchtime protest since January 2022 due to grievances with overtime and night shift conditions. NEHAWU’s Regional Secretary in Mahikeng, Tsebo Modiko, stated that the union has engaged with Member of Executive Council (MEC) Sello Lehari and the Head of Department (HOD). The HOD vowed to attend to the challenges. The challenges include overtime payment, night time duties and issues of subsistence living, amongst others. The MEC and HOD are yet to respond to the demands.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 09 FEB 2022

  • HARTSWATER – 08 FEB 2022 (21H00) The Hartswater Regional Court has postponed the case of the former Municipal Manager of Phokwane Local Municipality, Matshidiso Cordelia Mogale, to Tuesday, 01 March 2022, due to the failure to appear in court. Mogale has been charged with charges of fraud and contravening the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA), relating to an amount of over R2.7 million.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 09 FEB 2022

  • CAPE TOWN – 08 FEB 2022 (20H30) Parliament has announced that it has allocated R4 million for the State of the Nation Address (SONA) expenses. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver his address to a joint sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces to a sizable audience. Among those expected to attend are former South African president Thabo Mbeki, his former Deputy Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, former Speakers of Parliament Frene Ginwala, Max Sisulu and Baleka Mbete. National Assembly Speaker, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, stated that Parliament is expected to face more expenses due to two Houses of Parliament that are expected to debate the president’s address over two days until 15 February 2022.
  • CAPE TOWN – 08 FEB 2022 (22H15) Road closure reported on the M5 Southbound approaching the N2 Outbound ramp in the vicinity of Observatory, Cape Town. The road has been closed to traffic to allow routine road maintenance operations. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the road closure.
  • CAPE TOWN – 08 FEB 2022 (22H10) The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJoints) has announced that security forces have been placed on high alert ahead of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday, 10 February 2022. This aims to ensure an incident-free event during the SONA proceedings. NATJoints comprises various Government departments, including the Police, Defense Force, and the State Security Agency. NATJoints has stated that measures have been implemented to ensure the safe and secure delivery of the address at the Cape Town City Hall. National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has stated that the security forces have been deployed to ensure there are no incidents of criminal nature before, during, and post SONA.
  • CAPE TOWN – 09 FEB 2022 (01H30) The M5 Southbound approaching the N2 Outbound ramp in the vicinity of Observatory, Cape Town, has been reopened to traffic. This follows after the road had been closed to traffic to allow routine road maintenance operations.
  • CAPE TOWN – 09 FEB 2022 (08H15) Protest reported on the Freedom Way in Milnerton. Demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
  • CAPE TOWN – 09 FEB 2022 (09H00) Protest reported on Hertzog Boulevard outside the Civic Centre. Previously, community members protested against a local Democratic Alliance (DA) ward councillor for Ward 47, Antonio Van der Rheede. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are on the scene.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 09 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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