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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 09 FEB 2022 (19H00)

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.
  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 09 FEB 2022 (12H45) The labour union, Solidarity, in Bloemfontein, is seeking to remove the minimum wage of South African workers as it can lead to an increase in unemployment. Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi published the new minimum wage for South Africa on Monday, 07 February 2022, with the new figure set at R23.19 for each ordinary hour worked. This represents an increase of 6.9% from the minimum wage set in 2021, R21.69. Solidarity has also warned that a higher minimum wage could lead to an increase in xenophobia and illegal labour practices in the country.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 09 FEB 2022

  • 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.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 09 FEB 2022 (10H30) UPDATE ANCWL supporters are outside the Johannesburg Magistrates Court, where the league’s President and former Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini is appearing for closing arguments in the perjury case against her. (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.
  • SOWETO – 09 FEB 2022 (10H45) UPDATE Police are attempting to disperse the demonstrators. Police are clearing the burning tyres and debris from the N12. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. (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.
  • VEREENIGING – 09 FEB 2022 (14H10) UPDATE Taxi operators have blocked Voortrekker Road and Standley Street in the vicinity of Vereeniging Police station. The taxi operators are protesting due to the high crime rate in the area. (13H00) Protest reported on Voortrekker Street in Vereeniging. Taxi operators are obstructing the road. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
  • BOKSBURG – 09 FEB 2022 (14H30) Shooting in progress reported between illegal miners, also known as Zama Zama’s, and the South African Police Service (SAPS) on Rondebult Road and Main Reef Road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 09 FEB 2022 (16H10) UPDATE The Magistrate Court has postponed the perjury case to Wednesday, 09 March 2022, for judgement. (10H30) ANCWL supporters are outside the Johannesburg Magistrates Court, where the league’s President and former Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini is appearing for closing arguments in the perjury case against her. (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.
  • TEMBISA – 09 FEB 2022 (16H50) UPDATE The Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH) has announced that the Hospital has been reopened for the public. (14H50) Peaceful march reported outside by employees of the Hospital. (11H30) Tembisa Hospital is temporarily closed due to the shooting incident. This follows after a 30-year-old Police officer shot and killed an Enrolled Nursing Assistant and turned the weapon on himself. The Police officer has been admitted to the Hospital. Police are investigating the matter. (10H30) Shooting reported at the Tembisa Hospital. One person has been shot and killed. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene investigating the matter.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 09 FEB 2022 (17H15) UPDATE Violent demonstration reported outside the High Court by EFF members. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (10H55) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and EFF Member of Parliament Mbuyiseni Ndlozi are appearing at the Johannesburg Magistrate Court today, 07 February 2022. This follows after Afriforum opened a court case against the EFF for using hate speech. EFF members have gathered outside the court. Motorists are advised to be vigilant.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 09 FEB 2022

  • 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.
  • RICAHRDS BAY – 09 FEB 2022 (12H00) Foskor stated that it found no gas leak at its facilities after receiving a complaint from the uMhlathuze Municipality on Monday, 07 February 2022. This follows after 37 Richards Bay High School students have been hospitalised after experiencing nausea and difficulty breathing. Arboretum residents stated that they also had symptoms. The Richards Bay Clean Air Association had recorded sulphur dioxide levels that exceeded air quality limits. Foskor management stated that two of its three sulphuric acid plants had been down for planned maintenance. The third facility shows it has been operating within the minimum emission standards at the time of the incident.

 

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

  • EMALAHLENI/WITBANK – 09 FEB 2022 (13H45) The South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) in the province has welcomed the election of Cornelia Nkalitshana as the new Mayor of eMalahleni Municipality. The union stated that Nkalitshana will identify and address challenges in the Municipality. The African National Congress (ANC) in the Nkangala Region stated that Nkalitshana’s vast knowledge in local government will strengthen the functioning of the Municipality and enhance good governance.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 09 FEB 2022

  • MARIKANA – 09 FEB 2022 (04H10) French independent power producer (IPP) Total Ereng 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, nighttime duties and issues of subsistence living, amongst others. The MEC and HOD are yet to respond to the demands.
  • LICHTENBURG – 09 FEB 2022 (11H20) Protest reported at the Ditsobotla Municipality. Employees of the Municipality is calling for the removal of the Municipal Manager, Jonas Letlhaku. The Municipal management is currently attending a meeting to discuss the mid-term budget. A heightened security presence has been reported. The Municipal security has confiscated a weapon from one of the protesters. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
  • POTCHEFSTROOM – 09 FEB 2022 (15H50) Protest expected by members affiliated with The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) on Monday, 14 February 2022 from 10H00 at the Department of Education. The demonstrators are expected to protest following the Department’s failure to address demands raised by the union. The demonstrators are expected to disperse from 12H45. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are aware of the protest.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 09 FEB 2022

  • UPINGTON – 09 FEB 2022 (16H35) Premier Zamani Saul is expected to address the State of the Province Address (SOPA) on Thursday, 24 February 2022, at 11H00 at the Mxolisi Dick Jacobs Stadium. The SOPA will be addressed under the theme The People’s SOPA.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 09 FEB 2022

  • 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.
  • CAPE TOWN – 09 FEB 2022 (10H20) Protest reported at Blomvlei Primary School. Parents are protesting due to a circular that was given to children to hand to parents approximately a year ago where parents need to subsidise the rights for the school to have the freedom to administer any form of vaccinations that the school finds fit to prescribe to its scholars. 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.
  • POTCHEFSTROOM: Protest expected by members affiliated with The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) on Monday, 14 February 2022 from 10H00 at the Department of Education.
  • 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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