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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 11 FEB 2022 (10H00)
SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 11 FEB 2022
- GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 11 FEB 2022 (07H30) Protest reported on R75/ R367 between Uitenhage and Despatch. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are aware of the situation.
- MOUNT FRERE – 11 FEB 2022 (08H40) Road closure reported on N2 Mount Frere due to two trucks that had collided. Emergency and rescue services have been dispatched to the scene. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route.
SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 11 FEB 2022
- BLOEMFONTEIN – 11 FEB 2022 (08H00) The National Education, Health, and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) have expressed their concerns over the water leakage on the ceiling at the Pelonomi Hospital’s Maternity ward. The Secretary of NEHAWU’s Mangaung branch, Thabo Nkomo, has stated that the union have been urging the hospital to repair the issues, however, they had been disregarded. The Free State Department of Health has been notified following the matter.
SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 11 FEB 2022
- VEREENIGING – 10 FEB 2022 (22H00) Flooding reported on the R54 and R82 in the vicinity of the BP filling station opposite Primary School Vryheidsmonument in Duncanville, Vereeniging. The road has been closed to motorists due to flooding following persistent rainfall in the area. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
- RANDFONTEIN – 11 FEB 2022 (09H15) Cash in transit (CIT) robbery reported at the Village Square Shopping centre in Randfontein. Unidentified suspects have robbed an armoured vehicle (AV) and stole an undisclosed amount of money. Authorities have been dispatched to the scene. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area.
SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 11 FEB 2022
- DURBAN – 10 FEB 2022 (23H20) UPDATE The Ethekwini Fire Department has stated that several shops in the area have sustained minimal damage during the fire. However, surrounding buildings have not been affected as firefighters successfully prevented the fire from spreading. No casualties have been reported. Members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) have been dispatched to the scene to assess the situation. (23H00) The Ethekwini Fire Department has stated that the fire at an undisclosed building located on DR A B Xuma Street in Durban Central Business District (CBD) has successfully been extinguished. The reason for the fire and the extent of damages are currently being investigated. (19H40) Fire reported on Dr A B Xuma Street. The reason for the fire is unknown at this stage. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Emergency services are on the scene.
- DURBAN – 11 FEB 2022 (04H20) British Petroleum Company Limited (BP) and Shell have announced the scheduled indefinite halt of operations at Sapref in Durban from March 2022. The companies recently released a joint statement announcing that the decision has been concluded to allow an informed finalisation on the various options available to the shareholders, a sale option being the most preferred. BP and Shell have stated that a spending freeze and a halt of refinery operations for an indefinite period are expected to be initiated by March 2022. Sapref is the largest crude oil refinery in Southern Africa, accounting for 35% of South Africa’s refining capacity. BP and Shell have noted that they are expected to utilise other existing assets and trading arrangements to ensure the ongoing security of fuel supply to the country and their consumers.
- NDUNDULU – 11 FEB 2022 (06H40) Protest reported on R34 in Ndundulu. Community members are protesting due to poor service delivery related to water outages. The community have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are being dispatched to the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 11 FEB 2022
- POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBERG – 11 FEB 2022 (08H30) The Hawks are investigating the Limpopo Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for sports, arts and culture for allegedly relocating the site of a new R23-million community library from Dumela village to another village that had not applied for it. This follows after the Dumela village community development forum made a complaint of corruption in January 2022 against MEC Thandi Moraka, who had allocated the library to be moved to Mulamula village in 2019. The local leadership, Mafemani Dumela, has accused Moraka of corrupt activities over the decision to relocate the library.
SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 11 FEB 2022
- MALELANE – 11 FEB 2022 (06H00) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has announced plans to demonstrate to South African entrepreneur, Johann Rupert, to express their condemnation for the arrival of the European settlers 370 years ago. The EFF is expected to engage with Rupert by marching to the land he claims to own in the Western Cape and Mpumalanga. Rupert allegedly owns a L’Ormains wine estate in Franschhoek in the Western Cape and a Leopard Creek Golf Estate near the Crocodile River and bordering the Kruger National Park near Malalane, Nkomazi local municipality in Mpumalanga. This announcement follows after a press briefing held on Thursday, 10 February 2022, by the leader of the EFF, Julius Malema.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 11 FEB 2022
- STILFONTEIN – 11 FEB 2022 (09H45) The City of Motlosana has announced a planned water interruption in Stilfontein and Khuma from 12 February 2022 until 13 February 2022 from 06H00 to 18H00. The affected areas in Stilfontein will include extensions one and two, and in Khuma, the affected areas will include extensions one until ten. The interruption is due to the cleaning and disinfection of the Stilfontein Mines Roads Reservoirs and Khuma Extension 8 Reservoir. The City has further stated that water tankers will be deployed to assist the affected communities.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 11 FEB 2022
- MOTHIBISTAD – 11 FEB 2022 (06H45) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has announced plans to demonstrate to the Joe Morolong Local Municipality in the Northern Cape. The EFF will be demanding jobs from the private sector for the community, the youth and the poor. This announcement follows after the EFF held its 24th War Council Meeting of the Second National People’s Assembly on Thursday, 10 February 2022.
SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 11 FEB 2022
- KNYSNA – 10 FEB 2022 (19H30) Protest reported on the N2 at the Nekkies Restaurant. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery. 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.
- CAPE TOWN – 10 FEB 2022 (20H50) Stone-throwing reported on Main Road in Wesbank. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
- CAPE TOWN – 10 FEB 2022 (21H10) Protest reported on Old Faure Road approaching Mew Way in the vicinity of Driftsands in Mfuleni, Cape Town. Demonstrators are obstructing the roadway. Motorists are advised to exercise caution when travelling in the area. Authorities are on the scene.
- CAPE TOWN – 10 FEB 2022 (21H30) UPDATE National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has declared the sitting at the Cape Town City Hall open. President Cyril Ramaphosa has stated that the recent fire at the Parliament building is being investigated and that the Government is implementing efforts to address the implications of the incident. Ramaphosa has noted that the Government intends to conclude the National State of Disaster following the finalisation of measures under the National Health Act and other legislations imposed to address the pandemic. The Cabinet has reportedly also approved the Electricity Regulation Act to enable a competitive market for electricity generation and the establishment of an independent state-owned enterprise (SOE) transmission company. Ramaphosa has disclosed a revised loan scheme to assist small businesses in recovery efforts following the COVID-19 pandemic, under which the Government is expected to offer financing, expand funding options available and adjust eligibility criteria. The President has noted that the Government has set aside R100 billion within the fiscus to prioritise the infrastructure fund, which will collaborate with SOE’s in the preparation of upcoming pipeline projects. The Government is also set to invest an initial R1,8 billion in bulk infrastructure to avail seven private sector projects valued at R133 billion. The Head of State has reiterated the severe damage caused by theft of scrap metals and cables to infrastructure, stating that decisive measures on the sale and export of scrap metals are set to be undertaken by law enforcement. Ramaphosa has also extended the R350 social relief distress grants by an additional year until March 2023. Ramaphosa has also vowed to provide increased capacity to the policing sector to mitigate incidents similar to the July 2021 civil unrest, further stating that significant changes are set to be made in the leadership of various security structures. National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Chairperson Amos Masondo has declared the joint sitting closed. (19H00) President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived at the City Hall and will begin with the State of the Nation Address (SONA).
- CAPE TOWN – 10 FEB 2022 (23H00) President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the Government is expected to present a plan of action in response to the recommendations contained in the State Capture Reports by Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on or before June 2022. Ramaphosa made the announcement during the State Of The Nation Address (SONA) today, 10 February 2022. The President is expected to ensure that the Commission’s reports are properly and carefully considered and thereafter acted upon. The reports have detailed the effects of the criminal activity on South Africa Airlines (SAA), Transnet, Denel, South African Revenue Service, and Government Communications. Ramaphosa has also noted that the Government is set to strengthen the country’s legal system to protect whistleblowers upon recommendation from the Commission’s first report. This follows the murder of Gauteng Health Department official Babita Deokoran.
- CAPE TOWN – 11 FEB 2022 (06H20) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, has announced plans to embark on a recruitment campaign in Soweto by the end of February 2022. The EFF has aimed to allocate a target to each province, with the party’s central command team monitoring each region. Meanwhile, the party has decided to remove Vuyani Pambo as its National Spokesperson and will be replaced by Vuyani Pambo. Leigh-Anne Mathys, who served as the Treasurer-General, has been appointed as the party’s Spokesperson, with Sinawo Tambo, an EFF Member of Parliament (MP). The EFF also plans to embark on several campaigns in 2022.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 11 FEB 2022
- 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.
- BISHO: Protest expected by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members on Thursday, 17 February at the Provincial Legislature from 14H00.
- 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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