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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 11 MAR 2022 (19H00)

March 11

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 11 MAR 2022

  • ZWELITSHA – 11 MAR 2022 (10H50) Protest reported on the R346 at Sweetwaters between the Zwelitsha Taxi Rank and the BP Express Fuel Station. 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.
  • MTHATHA – 11 MAR 2022 (14H35) UPDATE Local residents from Mthatha are marching in support of NEHAWU and DENOSA against allegations of assault by Mthatha Private Hospital Management. The demonstration is affecting traffic movement on Nelson Mandela Drive and Sprigg Street, as well as other routes in the vicinity of the hospital. Motorists are advised to exercise caution when travelling in the area. (12H40) Protest reported outside the Mthatha Private Hospital. Members affiliated with the Congress of the South African Trade Union (COSATU), the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHWAU and the  Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) are protesting against the assault and victimisation of workers and shop stewards. The demonstrators have blockaded the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 11 MAR 2022

  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 11 MAR 2022 (16H40) The Mangaung Metro Municipality (MMM) has initiated efforts to recover an estimated R8 billion in outstanding funds for the supply of water to various provincial departments in Bloemfontein. The MMM has stated that water supply to the province’s Government headquarters, the OR Tambo House, which houses the Office of the Premier, has been restricted due to R1 billion in outstanding debt. This follows after the Metro’s power utility, Centlec, recently cancelled plans to suspend power supply at Government buildings due to successful negotiations. The provincial Government reportedly agreed to pay R90 million monthly in order to settle the R200 million in outstanding debt. Water supply to the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State (PACOFS), together with the Free State Department of Police, Roads and Transport, have also been disconnected due to non-payment.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 11 MAR 2022

  • SANDTON – 11 MAR 2022 (06H00) The Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Transport, Funzi Ngobeni, has announced that the City of Johannesburg and Taxi operators are expected to sign three agreements to implement Phase 1C (a) of Rea Vaya today, 11 March 20222 from 10H00 until 11H00 at Indaba Hotel. The agreements will be entered into between the City and two Alexandra taxi associations, Alexandra, Randburg, Midrand, Sandton Taxi Association (ARMSTA) as well as Alexandra Taxi Association (ATA), for the implementation of Rea Vaya Phase 1C (a) – a new route that will connect Rea Vaya Phase 1A and 1B from the Johannesburg CBD to Alexandra, Greenstone and Sandton.
  • CENTURION – 11 MAR 2022 (10H55) UPDATE Itireleng residents have locked members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) inside the Police Station and demand to be addressed by Senior officials.  (09H40) Protest reported in Laudium.  Itireleng residents are marching to the Laudium Police Station. The demonstrators are protesting due to the high crime rate in the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
  • ROODEPOORT – 11 MAR 2022 (14H00) The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called on Sibanye Stillwater shareholders to remove Neal Froneman as the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) with immediate effect. This follows Sibanye Stillwater’s refusal to meet with South African trade union leaders to discuss wage increase disputes. The NUM has further called on the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) to withdraw the mining licenses on all mines or operations that have been placed under the care or maintenance of Sibanye Stillwater. The Union has reiterated its demands for a wage increase of R1,000 for surface and underground miners and a 6% increase for artisans, miners and officials.
  • SANDTON – 11 MAR 2022 (14H10) Eskom Holdings Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Andre de Ruyter has held discussions with the World Bank amid efforts to evaluate options for transitioning from coal-powered stations to cleaner sources of energy generation in South Africa. Currently, the power utility supplies more than 90% of South Africa’s electricity. The discussions form part of ongoing engagements between the bank and counterparts in-country and in Washington, United States (US) regarding various proposed projects. This follows as the US, United Kingdom (UK), France, Germany, and the European Union (EU) have pledged $8.5 billion to assist South Africa to reduce its reliance on coal at the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow in November 2021. Details of how the funds will be used are still under discussion.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 11 MAR 2022 (16H10) UPDATE President Cyril Ramaphosa and Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi have concluded discussions during Nyusi’s working visit to South Africa today, 11 March 2022. The two Heads of State have co-chaired the 3rd Session of the Bi-National Commission (BNC) between the two countries. The Presidents held discussions regarding various issues of common interest across the bilateral, regional and international sectors. Ramaphosa and Nyusi have agreed on an implementation plan to ensure the establishment of strict timeframes with regard to the execution of the decisions taken during the BNC. The Heads of State also reiterated the importance of ongoing economic cooperation between the two countries, emphasising the need to intensify collaboration in several areas. In addition, the Presidents called upon the United Nations (UN) Security Council to mandate the UN Secretary-General to initiate a dialogue between Russia and Ukraine. (06H30) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to host Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi today, 11 March 2022, as part of a working visit. The visit is expected to strengthen mutual, regional and continental cooperation between the two nations. President Nyusi will be attending the third session of the Binational Commission of Cooperation between the two countries. The two parties are also expected to share views on regional, continental and global issues of mutual interest, particularly peace, security and economic development matters.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 11 MAR 2022 (18H25) Defence and Military Veterans Deputy Minister Thabang Makwetla has rejected the State Capture Commission’s findings against him in regard to allegations of corruption. This follows after the third report of the Commission requesting that Makwetla be investigated for breaching the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act. Makwetla has stated that the Commission had failed to present relevant evidence to support the findings and that the Commission failed to institute an inquiry into the incident. Makwetla further noted that Bosasa installed a security system into his residence without his due permission. Advisory – Follow Company travel security advisories, refer to med

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 11 MAR 2022

  • HILTON – 11 MAR 2022 (04H50) UPDATE The N3 ramp to Cedara has been re-opened to traffic. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (04H00) Road closure reported on the N3 near the ramp to Cedara. The road is closed due to a motor vehicle accident. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Emergency services are on the scene.
  • PIETERMARITZBURG – 11 MAR 2022 (12H45) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed from the scene. Authorities will continue monitoring the area. (06H40) Protest reported on Sweetwaters Main Road. 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.
  • DURBAN – 11 MAR 2022 (13H00) Transnet has announced that it is collaborating with law enforcement agencies to increase security at its pipelines. This follows after unidentified suspects tampered with a block valve chamber, resulting in a diesel spillage on Wednesday, 09 March 2022, between Durban and Heidelberg. Transnet has appealed to all strategic role players in the industry, including petroleum retailers and members of the public, to refrain from purchasing fuel from unregistered traders. Joint special operations have been mobilised to investigate illegal activities relating to fuel theft.
  • WESTVILLE – 11 MAR 2022 (13H10) Road closure reported on the M13 in the vicinity of Berea West, Westville. The road has been closed to allow assessments of a sinkhole that has formed on the road surface. A Department of Transport engineering team is currently on-site to assess the extent of damage. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
  • PIETERMARITZBURG – 11 MAR 2022 (14H30) UPDATE Congress of the South African Trade Unions (COSATU) members are picketing outside the Treasury Office in Pietermaritzburg against increasing living costs in South Africa. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant when travelling in the area. (06H05) Protest expected by the members affiliated with the Congress of the South African Trade Unions (COSATU) today, 11 March 2022, at the Provincial Treasury offices from 11H00. The demonstrators are expected to protest against a high cost of living related to increased fuel prices, electricity tariffs and toll gate prices. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the area.
  • CAMPERDOWN – 11 MAR 2022 (17H55) Road closure reported on the N3 in the vicinity of Camperdown approaching the Umlaas interchange. The road has been closed to traffic to allow recovery operations following a heavy motor vehicle accident. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Emergency services are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 11 MAR 2022

  • TSHILAMBA – 11 MAR 2022 (08H00) The Mutale Magistrate’s Court has postponed the case of the Executive Mayor of Musina, Godrey Mawela, to Friday, 29 April 2022. Mawela has been charged with assault with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm. The charges follow after Mawela’s involvement in an altercation with Muswodi-Dipeni village on Saturday, 26 February 2022,  with Carris Munzhelele.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 11 MAR 2022

  • WITBANK/EMALAHLENI – 11 MAR 2022 (06H15) UPDATE Police have dispersed the demonstrations. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. The situation remains volatile.  (05H40) Protest reported on the R544. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The road has been closed for traffic. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
  • HENDRINA – 11 MAR 2022 (17H00) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed from outside the Hendrina Magistrate Court. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant when travelling in the area. (11H40) Protest reported outside the Hendrina Magistrate’s Court. The demonstrators are protesting against the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) involvement and its decision to block the sale of Optimum mine. The demonstrators have blockaded the area. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 11 MAR 2022

  • KLERKSDORP – 11 MAR 2022 (12H00) UPDATE Police have announced that the R503 has been reopened for traffic flow. Motorists are advised to be cautious. The situation remains volatile.  (08H40) Protest reported on R503 between Klerksdorp and Hartbeesfontein at the Jacaranda Informal Settlement. 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.
  • WOLMARANSSTAD – 11 MAR 2022 (18H10) UPDATE Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced that R45 million has been allocated to the necessary reparation of the N12 road in Wolmaransstad in the North West province. The Minister has also handed over the national road to the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) to conduct the necessary repairs. Maintenance work is scheduled to be launched one month from the handover date. (13H30) Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula is currently on the N12 national road at the R504 turnoff in Wolmaransstad. Minister Mbalula is conducting an inspection visit with intentions to assess the state of the national highway. This follows ahead of plans by the Department of Transport to hand over the roadway to the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL).

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 11 MAR 2022

  • VICTORIA WEST – 11 MAR 2022 (06H10) Peaceful protest expected at the Ubuntu Local Municipality today, 11 March 2022, by parents of the Victoria West Combined School. Parents are expected to march from Victoria West Combined School to the Municipality building. Parents have raised concerns regarding the shortage of teachers at the school. Parents demand that the school return to daily classes for all learners. Parents stated that their children will not return to school until their demands are met. In addition, there is currently a shortage of classrooms for the 600 learners attending the school. Motorists are advised to be vigilant during the protest.
  • BARKLY WEST – 11 MAR 2022 (11H50) Protest reported R31/ Cambell Street. The demonstrators are marching to the Barkly West Police Station. The demonstrators have blockaded the road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 11 MAR 2022

  • KHAYELITSHA – 11 MAR 2022 (04H30) Protest reported on Mew Way/M44 and the N2. The demonstrators are protesting due to service delivery. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres. The road has been closed for traffic. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
  • CAPE TOWN – 11 MAR 2022 (09H00) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are expected to hold the Langa Massacre Commemoration Rally on Monday, 21 March 2022, at the Langa High School from 12H00. The EFF National Chairperson, Veronica Mente, is expected to address the rally.
  • CAPE TOWN – 11 MAR 2022 (14H20) The City of Cape Town has announced the suspension of loadshedding for City-supplied customers with immediate effect. The City has stated that loadshedding is scheduled to remain suspended until 22H00 tonight, 11 March 2022. Thereafter, City customers are expected to move to Stage 1 loadshedding until 05H00 tomorrow, 12 March 2022. The City has noted that further updates will be provided as the situation progresses.
  • CAPE TOWN – 11 MAR 2022 (15H00) Peaceful protest expected outside the Parliament building in Cape Town from 12H00 until 14H00 on Friday, 25 March 2022. Members of the public are expected to embark on a global climate strike to call for increased efforts to address climate change. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant when travelling in affected areas for the duration of the demonstration. Authorities are expected to monitor the event.
  • CAPE TOWN – 11 MAR 2022 (15H10) Metrorail has implemented additional security measures after two attempts to steal electricity cables of trains in the Western Cape. This follows after all trains in the province had recently been halted due to the vandalism of cables during loadshedding. Trains between Cape Town and Muizenberg have been cancelled at the Retreat Station on Thursday evening, 10 March 2022, due to the vandalism of electricity cables. Western Cape Metrorail Acting Regional Manager Kaparo Molefi has stated that the attempted theft and vandalism of the electrical infrastructure indicate attempts to sabotage Metrorail services. Metrorail Spokesperson Nana Zenani has stated that Metrorail is engaging with Eskom and law enforcement to launch an investigation into the sabotage.
  • CAPE TOWN – 11 MAR 2022 (15H40) The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has taken legal action against Gautrain for suspending its members for refusal to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The union has approached the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) regarding the matter, accusing Gautrain’s management company, the Bombela Operating Company (BOC), of failing to consult labour on vaccination mandates. NUMSA has alleged that 27 members of the union employed at Gautrain have been placed on suspension. However, the BOC has denied the allegations. The employees’ disciplinary hearings are scheduled to take place on 14 March 2022 and 15 March 2022.
  • CAPE TOWN – 11 MAR 2022 (15H45) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed from the scene. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant when travelling in the area. (10H40) Protest reported on Old Faure Road in the vicinity of Mfuleni, Cape Town. Residents from Driftsands have blockaded the roadway with burning tyres and debris to protest against service delivery related issues. Demonstrators are demanding that Eskom restore electricity to the area. Residents have reportedly been without electricity since Monday, 07 March 2022. Eskom has stated that the outage is due to illegal connections made by a neighbouring informal settlement. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Authorities are on the scene.
  • CAPE TOWN – 11 MAR 2022 (16H20) UPDATE Protest reported at the Nyanga Bus Terminus in Nyanga, Cape Town. Taxi operators have launched a demonstration at the bus terminus. Golden Arrow Bus Services has confirmed that one of its buses and a company vehicle has been set alight at the terminus. The company has stated that it is currently operating from the Nyanga Police Station to ensure the safety of staff and commuters. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Authorities are on the scene. (15H20) Cape Town Police have been deployed to the Nyanga Bus Terminus in Cape Town. This follows reports of a Golden Arrow Bus that has been set alight by unknown suspects at the bus terminus. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (13H40) Fire reported at the corner of Emms Drive and Sithandatu Avenue at the Nyanga Bus Terminus in Cape Town. Reports indicate that a bus and a pickup truck has been set alight at the Nyanga Terminus. Emergency services are on the scene. Motorists are advised to exercise caution when approaching the area.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 11 MAR 2022

  • MAHIKENG: President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to participate in a Post State of the Nation Address (SONA) at the Mmabatho Stadium on Saturday, 12 March 2022, at 10H00.
  • CAPE TOWN: Protest expected on Saturday, 19 March 2022 at the Paarden Kraal Pub from 11H00.
  • PORT ELIZABETH/GQEBERHA: Protest expected on Saturday, 19 March 2022 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium from 10H00.
  • DURBAN: Protest expected at the Durban City Hall on Saturday, 19 March 2022. Demonstrators are expected to gather at King Dinuzulu Park and march to City Hall.
  • CAPE TOWN: Protest expected at the Parliament Building on Saturday, 19 March 2022. Demonstrators will gather at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) and march to the Parliament Building.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: Protest expected at the Union Buildings on Saturday, 19 March 2022. Demonstrators will gather at the Pretoria Art Museum and march to the Union Buildings.
  • JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected at the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Saturday, 19 March 2022. Demonstrators will gather at the Civic Boulevard parking lot across the Johannesburg Theatre and march to the Union Buildings.
  • JOHANNESBURG: The six Operation Dudula members arrested at the Pan Africa Mall are expected to appear in the Alexandra Magistrate Court on Thursday, 17 March 2021.
  • JOHANNESBURG: Peaceful protest expected by members of Kopanang Africa Against Xenophobia movement on Monday, 21 March 2022, at the office of the Premier.
  • VEREENIGING: The Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) are expected to hold a Sharpeville Commemoration Rally on Monday, 21 March 2022, from 12H00 at the Dlomo dam.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: National industrial strike expected by e-hailing operators on Tuesday, 22 March 2022 until Thursday, 24 March 2022.
  • CAPE TOWN: Peaceful protest expected outside the Parliament building in Cape Town from 12H00 until 14H00 on Friday, 25 March 2022.
  • CAPE TOWN: President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to face the first vote of no confidence on Wednesday, 30 March 2022.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA: Protest expected by the members of the Forgotten Nation on Wednesday, 06 April 2022 at the Department of Employment and Labour.

 

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