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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 12 APR 2022 (19H00)

April 12

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 12 APR 2022

  • PORT ELIZABETH/ GQEBERHA – 12 APR 2022 (16H40) The N2 Nodal Development project in Gqeberha is expected to grow the region’s economy. The project is bringing development in the form of housing, a hospital, and the largest mall in the Eastern Cape. The R551-million development is creating employment for local residents. Over 86,956 people have been employed during the construction phases of the three-phased development project. The first phase was the construction of the Baywest Mall by the Billion Group company. The mall currently employs over 2,800 people. During the construction phase, it employed 6,900 people. The N2 Nodal Development has been approved as a strategic development for social and economic upliftment and is a Priority Human Settlement and Housing Development Area (PHSHDA) and a Strategic Integrated Project (SIP 24e).
  • LUSIKISIKI – 12 APR 2022 (18H00) Road closure reported on the R61 in Lusikisiki heading towards Port St Johns. The road is closed due to a landslide near Ntafufu. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 12 APR 2022

  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 12 APR 2022 (08H55) Premier, Sisi Ntombela, is expected to deliver the Departmental Budget Vote Speech for 2022/23 today, 12 April 2022, from 09H00 at the Fourth Raadsaal. Ntombela is expected to respond to and address residents’ concerns during her 2022/23 budget speech.
  • THEUNISSEN – 12 APR 2022 (18H15) Businesses in the Masilonyana Municipality called on the communities of Theunissen, Winburg, Verkeerdevlei, and Frankfort to gather in Theunissen today, 12 April 2022, for a meeting with municipal leaders. Delegates from the Departments of Mineral and Energy Resources (DMRE) and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) facilitated the engagement between the community and two mines operating in the municipality, Sibanye Stillwater and Harmony. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss benefits and employment opportunities. The parties also want to ensure that these mines provide skills development programmes and bursaries, as they committed to.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 12 APR 2022

  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 12 APR 2022 (06H10) Protest expected at the Department of National Treasury and the Department of Employment and Labour today, 12 April 2022. Former City of Tshwane Waste Management employees will be protesting for their reinstatement. The demonstrators will gather from 10H00 at the open space in Madiba Street and Kgosi Mampuru Street. From the open space, demonstrators will join Madiba Street and proceed straight to the Department of National Treasury. From the Department of Treasury, demonstrators will turn right at Thabo Sehume Street, then right at Pretorius Street, left at Paul Kruger Street, and turn left at Francis Baard Street to reach the Department of Employment and Labour. The streets that will be affected include Kgosi Mampuru Street, Sophie de Bruyn Street, Bosman Street, Paul Kruger Street, Thabo Sehume Street, Helen Joseph Street, Pretorius Street and Francis Baard Street. Demonstrators are expected to disperse from the Department of National Treasury at 11H30 and at the Department of Employment and Labour at 13H30. Tshwane Metro Police officers will be deployed to monitor the march and all affected streets. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes during the march.
  • SOWETO – 12 APR 2022 (06H20) Protest reported on the M77 in the vicinity of Tshepo Themba Hospital. 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.
  • GERMISTON – 12 APR 2022 (07H20) Protest reported on Forsdick Road at York Timbers. The demonstrators are protesting due to labour-related matters. The demonstrators have blockaded the area. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police have been dispatched.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 12 APR 2022 (10H50) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to participate in a Southern African Development Community (SADC) Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit that will include countries that are contributing military personnel to the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMM) today, 12 April 2022, from 11H00. The Summit will receive a progress report on the decisions taken at the Extraordinary Summit on the SAMIM that was held in Lilongwe, Malawi. The Mission has been deployed by SADC to support Mozambique to combat terrorism and acts of violent extremism.
  • SANDTON – 12 APR 2022 (11H00) Eskom has announced that stage two of loadshedding will be implemented from today, 12 April 2022, from 17H00  and will be suspended on Wednesday, 13 April 2022, from 05H00. Eskom stated that three generating units at the Camden Power Station tripped, contributing to the current shortage of capacity. The power utility runs at 4,804 megawatts (MW) on planned maintenance, while another 14,449MW capacity is unavailable due to unplanned breakdowns.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 12 APR 2022 (15H30) The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mine Workers and Construction Union (AMCU) have agreed to intensify strike action by means of additional protest marches and increase pressure on Sibanye-Stillwater. This follows after unions held a meeting on Monday, 11 April 2022. The unions discussed the ongoing protected strike action at Sibanye-Stilwaters’s gold operations. The planned protest action includes marches to the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), the Union Buildings and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). NUM and AMCU also will be giving a notice of a second strike at Sibanye-Stilwaters’s platinum operations, where wage negotiations are currently ongoing. This includes the Rustenburg and Marikana operations and will involve 35,000 workers. The unions will also request President Cyril Ramaphosa to resolve the labour dispute at Sibanye-Stillwater.
  • BRESWOL – 12 APR 2022 (16H50) Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has launched the 2022 Easter Road Safety campaign on the N12 in Breswol, Gauteng today, 12 April 2022. The road safety campaign will focus on the use of safety belts, roadworthiness of vehicles, fatigue, drunk driving, pedestrian safety and dangerous driving, which includes speeding, recklessness and overtaking on barrier lines. A collaborative effort by the South African Police Service, the National Traffic Police, provincial and municipal traffic officers will apply this Easter.
  • SANDTON – 12 APR 2022 (18H30) Eskom announced the extension of stage 2 loadshedding to Wednesday, 13 April and Thursday, 14 April 2022, from 17H00 till 05H00. Loadshedding will be suspended on Friday, 15 April 2022. The extension of loadshedding is caused by the shortage of generation capacity and continued delays in returning to service four generation units at Camden Power Station and two generating units at Tutuka Power Station. A single unit has tripped at Lethabo Power Station this morning and has returned to service this evening.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 12 APR 2022

  • DURBAN – 12 APR 2022 (03H00) Flooding reported at the Viranna’s Express CC yard in Durban North’s Sea Cow Lake area. The flooding follows significant rainfall in the area and the overflow of a canal situated nearby the company’s premises. Extensive damage has been recorded due to the incident.
  • PINETOWN – 12 APR 2022 (04H20) Road closure reported on the N3 Eastbound after the Mariannhill Toll Plaza tollgate in Pinetown. The road has been closed to traffic due to ongoing mudslides following persistent rainfall in the region. Motorists are advised to avoid travelling in affected areas. Emergency response efforts are underway.
  • DURBAN – 12 APR 2022 (04H50) Road closure reported on the N2 Northbound after the M7/ Edwin Swales Drive offramp in the vicinity of Ridgeview, Durban. The road is closed to motorists due to mudslides and unsafe driving conditions amid floodings and persistent rainfall in the region. Motorists are advised to avoid travelling in affected areas. Emergency response efforts are underway.
  • GOLELA – 12 APR 2022 (11H45) Protest expected by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Tuesday, 19 April 2022, from 10H00 at the Golela Border Post. Demonstrators are expected to protest in demand for democratic reforms and the release of political prisoners in eSwatini. Motorists are advised of potential ground travel disruptions during the demonstration. Police are expected to be deployed in the area during the event.
  • KWAMASHU – 12 APR 2022 (12H45) Protest reported on the M21 in the vicinity of BP KwaMashu Fuel Station. 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 are on the scene.
  • DURBAN – 12 APR 2022 (14H15) The eThekwini Municipality announced that services are disrupted due to the severe flooding in all areas of eThekwini. The City has experienced damage to infrastructure through landslides, flooding and wash aways. This has caused power and water outages. The City’s emergency personnel have been responding to calls and have been working to restore services as soon as possible. There are several major high voltage substations that have flooded and are currently inaccessible.
  • DURBAN – 12 APR 2022 (14H20) Road closure reported on the N2 between uMdloti and the Tongaat Toll plaza. The road is closed due to flooding. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
  • VERULAM – 12 APR 2022 (15H50) UPDATE Community members are barricading the R102 road at the bridge in Canelands. Demonstrators are protesting due to water outages in the area. (14H40) Protest reported on the R102 in Canelands. Demonstrators are barricading roads heading into Verulam. The reason for the protest is unknown at this stage. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are aware of the situation.
  • DURBAN – 12 APR 2022 (17H10) The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued an Orange Level 6 warning and a Yellow Level 4 warning for today, 12 April and Wednesday, 13 April 2022. Rainfall and widespread flooding are expected overnight in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of the Eastern Cape. This follows as the cut-off low system began moving eastward over KwaZulu-Natal and parts of the Eastern Cape.
  • DURBAN – 12 APR 2022 (16H25) The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal announced that 45 people have been killed by the floods since the heavy rainfall started. The heavy rains have caused numerous road closures and flooding in low-lying areas. The cost of repairing buildings and houses is estimated to be in the millions of rands. The Mayor of eThekwini, Mxolisi Kaunda, has urged residents to stay at home and avoid leaving their residences as roads remain impassable. Trucks are being diverted from the N3 to the Hammarsdale offramp as a precautionary measure due to waterlogging on some sections of the N3.
  • DURBAN – 12 APR 2022 (18H45) UPDATE Looting reported on Fibres Road at Pepkor.  (18H20) Looting reported on the M30 between Umlazi Mega City and Pascoe Road and the old Durban Airport. People are looting containers and trucks. Motorists are advised to avoid the areas. (17H50) Possible looting reported in parts of KwaZulu-Natal following floods in the area. Property, vehicles, and other infrastructure have been severely damaged. Therefore, they are vulnerable to criminal activities. Areas with looting incidents reported include Umhlazi and Avoca. The public is advised to be vigilant. Police presence is limited.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 12 APR 2022

  • SEBAYENG – 12 APR 2022 (16H10) The residents of Sebayeng and Ga-Dikgale have made a request to the Polokwane Executive Mayor, John Mpe, to prioritise service delivery in their area. Residents have raised concerns during the 2022/23 Draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) Budget consultation held by the Polokwane Local Municipality today, 12 April 2022. Residents raised concerns over RDP houses distributed to people who do not need them. Other issues that they have raised include the provision of water, transport not being accessible due to poor road conditions and electricity not being prioritised in new extensions. The residents have also requested a library, parks and apollo lights in their area.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 12 APR 2022

  • JEPPES REEF – 12 APR 2022 (12H10) UPDATE Demonstrations reported at the Matsamo Border Post. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (06H00) Protest expected at the Matsamo Border Post today, 12 April 2022, at 10H00 by the members affiliated with the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU). Members of NEHAWU will be protesting in solidarity with eSwatini detained Members of Parliament. Demonstrators will be protesting for the release of detained political members. Motorists are advised to be vigilant during the protest. Police are aware of the protest.
  • HOUTBOS – 12 APR 2022 (12H20) UPDATE Demonstrations reported at the Oshoek Border Post. The demonstrators have blockaded the road. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. (06H05) Protest expected at the Oshoek Border Post today, 12 April 2022, at 10H00 by members affiliated with the  National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU). Members of NEHAWU will be protesting in solidarity with eSwatini detained Members of Parliament. Demonstrators will be protesting for the release of detained political members. Motorists are advised to be vigilant during the protest. Police are aware of the protest.
  • HOUTBOS – 12 APR 2022 (12H55) Protest expected by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Tuesday, 19 April 2022, from 10H00 at the Oshoek Border Post. Demonstrators are expected to protest in demand for democratic reforms and the release of political prisoners in eSwatini. Motorists are advised of potential ground travel disruptions during the demonstration. Police are expected to be deployed in the area during the event.
  • HECTORSPRUIT – 12 APR 2022 (14H00) Spiking incidents reported on the N4 in the Nkomazi area and on either side of Hectorspruit, from Impala Siding to Komatipoort. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. This follows after a taxi heading towards Mozambique was spiked around 23H00 on Monday, 11 April 2022. Approximately 20 suspects robbed the passengers. The taxi operator was killed, and two passengers remain missing. Police are investigating the matter.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 12 APR 2022

  • MAHIKENG – 12 APR 2022 (08H30) The Molopo Magistrate Court has postponed the theft case against the Former Head of the Special Commercial Crimes Unit (SCCU), Jeanette Nevelling, to Monday, 13 June 2022. Nevelling was arrested on 16 February 2021 on an allegation of shoplifting at a retail store at the Crossing Shopping Mall in Mahikeng. Nevelling allegedly stole clothing and food items valued at R3000.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 12 APR 2022

  • DANIELSKUIL – 12 APR 2022 (08H45) The Department of Road and Public Works has announced that the R31 in the vicinity of Koopmansfontein to the Danielskuil intersection has been reopened for traffic flow following the road closure due to flooding. Motorists are advised to be vigilant.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 12 APR 2022

  • CAPE TOWN – 12 APR 2022 (06H15) Stones and debris reported on Baden Powell Drive towards the Mitchells Plain turnoff. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Authorities have been dispatched.
  • GRABOUW – 12 APR 2022 (06H45) Protest reported on the N2 in the vicinity of Houw Hoek Hotel. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The demonstrators have blockaded the Botrivier railway crossing with stones to derail goods trains operating between Cape Town and Caledon. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
  • CAPE TOWN – 12 APR 2022 (07H05) Protest reported on Old Faure Road/M49 towards Mew Way. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 12 APR 2022

  • JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected by the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) members on Wednesday, 13 April 2022, at the Constitutional Court.
  • MAHIKENG: Protest expected by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members on Wednesday, 13 April 2022, at the  Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) from 09H00 and Premier’s office from 13H00.
  • MANANGA: Protest expected at the Mananga border post between Lubombo, eSwatini and Mpumalanga, South Africa, from 09H00 on Tuesday, 19 April 2022.
  • GOLELA: Protest expected by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Tuesday, 19 April 2022, from 10H00 at the Golela Border Post.
  • HOUTBOS: Protest expected by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Tuesday, 19 April 2022, from 10H00 at the Oshoek Border Post.
  • KING WILLIAMS: Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality is expected to hold elections for Ward 33 on Wednesday, 20 April 2022.
  • VRYBURG: Protest expected by the Naledi Community Against Crime (NCAC) on 20 April 2022 at 08H30.
  • NGCOBO: Protest expected at the Engcobo Municipality on 20 April 2022.
  • RUSTENBURG: Unrest expected at the Olympia Park Stadium by Operation Dudula members from 09H00 on 27 April 2022.
  • UPINGTON: The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is expected to hold its Workers Day Rally on Sunday, 01 May 2022, at the Dicky Mxolisi Jacobs Stadium.
  • RUSTENBURG: The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is expected to hold its Workers Day Rally on Sunday, 01 May 2022, at the Impala Rugby Stadium.
  • EMPANGENI: The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is expected to hold its Workers Day Rally on Sunday, 01 May 2022, at the Esikhawini TVET College Sports Field.
  • THOHOYANDOU: The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is expected to hold its Workers Day Rally on Sunday, 01 May 2022, at the Makhuvha Stadium, R524/Punda Maria Road.
  • CAPE TOWN: The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is expected to hold its Workers Day Rally on Sunday, 01 May 2022, at the Langa Stadium.
  • TROMPSBURG: The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is expected to hold its Workers Day Rally on Sunday, 01 May 2022, at the Caleb Motshabi Stadium.

 

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