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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 15 MAR 2022 (10H00)
SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 15 MAR 2022
• PORT ELIZABETH/GQEBERHA – 15 MAR 2022 (06H10) The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has announced a planned water outage today, 15 March 2022, from 08H00 until 17H00. The water outage will allow the Municipality to conduct maintenance on the City’s water infrastructure in an effort to reduce water losses. The affected areas include Arcadia, Holland Park and Kensington. The Municipality has stated that updates will be provided to the public as the situation progresses.
SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 15 MAR 2022
• BLOEMFONTEIN – 15 MAR 2022 (09H15) The Supreme Court of Appeal has ordered Letsemeng Municipality to pay its outstanding debt to Eskom its outstanding bill of R108.5 million. Letsemeng Local Municipality was also directed by the Supreme Court to pay all arrear debts due and payable to Eskom per the terms of the acknowledgement of debt and payment plan concluded between the parties. The Municipality is also expected to pay R5 million the National Treasury had made available to the Municipality for the payment of its electricity debt.
SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 15 MAR 2022
• TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 14 MAR 2022 (22H00) The National Department of Health has announced the implementation of further amendments to the country’s COVID-19 vaccination program. The amendments allow for the provision of a second booster vaccine to individuals previously inoculated with the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine as their primary dose. Individuals are now eligible to receive an additional or second booster dose of either J&J or Pfizer at least three months after the first booster vaccine. Health Spokesperson Foster Mohale has stated that the decision forms part of ongoing efforts to improve the country’s vaccination drive. The changes are in effect as of Monday, 14 March 2022.
• JOHANNESBURG – 15 MAR 2022 (06H05) Protest expected by members affiliated with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) outside the Comair offices in Kempton Park, Johannesburg today, 15 March 2022. This follows after the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) recently announced the suspension of Comair’s Air Operation Certificate (AOC) due to unsatisfactory safety standards. NUMSA is expected to stage a picket outside Comair offices to demand the immediate suspension of Comair Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Glenn Orsmond. Authorities are expected to be deployed to monitor the situation. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant when travelling in the area during the demonstration.
• SPRINGS – 15 MAR 2022 (06H20) Road closures reported in KwaThema due to ongoing protests. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery. The situation is volatile. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are monitoring the area.
• TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 15 MAR 2022 (09H40) The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has extended the National State of Disaster until Friday, 15 April 2022.
• TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 15 MAR 2022 (09H55) Protest reported on the M1 in the vicinity of Hyerama in Caravan Park. 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.
SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 15 MAR 2022
• EMPANGENI – 14 MAR 2022 (23H00) The University of Zululand’s KwaDlangezwa campus has suspended academic activity following recent protest action by students at the KwaDlangezwa campus in Empangeni. The suspension follows threats by protesting students to torch the campus in Empangeni due to an alleged increase in sexual assault cases, murder and gang-related activity at off-campus accommodation facilities. The demonstrators have raised concerns regarding a lack of university security for students who reside off-campus. University Management has stated that the decision to suspend academic activities aims to protect the lives of other students, staff members, and the university’s property.
• DURBAN – 15 MAR 2022 (06H00) Protest expected by members affiliated with the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) today, 15 Mach 2022, at the Dube Trade Port Cooperation (DTPC). The demonstrators are expected to protest due to the non-payment of salary increments for the 2020/21 financial year. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be dispatched.
SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 15 MAR 2022
• POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG – 14 MAR 2022 (21H00) The African National Congress (ANC) List Committee in Limpopo has released an accusatorial report regarding the selection of Councillor candidates prior to the previous Local Government Elections. The list has reportedly been submitted to the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). The List Committee has stated that the placement of several Councillor candidates on the final list had been in contravention of the set guidelines. The alleged manipulation of the list has resulted in the party recommending Alpheus Thulare as Mayor of the Lephalale Municipality, pending a final decision. ANC Spokesperson Donald Selamolela has stated that the National List Committee is expected to evaluate the matter and make a determination to enable the province to take decisive action.
SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 15 MAR 2022
• WAKKERSTROOM – 15 MAR 2022 (08H00) Police Minister Bheki Cele and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, Jennifer Ntlatseng, are expected to host a community Imbizo on Friday, 18 March 2022, from 10H00 at the Esizameleni Sports field in Wakkerstroom. The two officials are expected to visit the area following high unemployment, crime and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) cases.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 15 MAR 2022
• BRITS – 14 MAR 2022 (19H30) Road closure reported at N4 west between R511 and Brits Plaza. The road is closed due to ongoing maintenance operations. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes for the duration of the road closure.
• MAHIKENG – 14 MAR 2022 (22H00) The North West Government has announced a decision to implement urgent interventions in four of the province’s local municipalities. The announcement follows concerns regarding continued dysfunctionality due to political and administrative instability, which has significantly affected service delivery. The municipalities are Ditsobotla in Lichtenburg, Maquassi Hills in Wolmaransstad, Moses Kotane in Mogwase and Mamusa in Schweizer-Reneke. North West Premier Bushy Maape has raised concerns regarding a possible collapse of services within the four municipalities.
• MORULENG – 15 MAR 2022 (04H00) Pilanesberg Platinum Mines, a division of South African platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Sedibelo Platinum Mines, has announced a planned renewable energy programme aimed at powering its mining operations. The company has stated that it has appointed a consortium including Juwi and Sturdee Energy as the preferred bidder to supply renewable energy. The parties have reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and are set to launch discussions on entering into a power purchase agreement (PPA). The plan includes purchasing solar and wind power to meet a 40 megawatt (mW) mine load via a wheeling arrangement from two separate sites in Limpopo and the Western Cape and the construction of a 35 mW solar park adjacent to the mining site. The PPA is set to include approximately 55% to 60% of the mine’s energy needs with effect from 2024, while the on-site photovoltaic (PV) installation is set for completion by 2026.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 15 MAR 2022
• PORT NOLLOTH – 15 MAR 2022 (08H50) Protest expected by members affiliated with the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) on Monday, 21 March 2022, at the Port Nolloth Community Health Centre. The demonstrators are expected to protest due to the failure of the Department of Health to intervene and resolve the current impasse and service delivery challenges at Port Nolloth Community Health Centre and other clinics in Namaqua District. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are expected to monitor the area during the protest.
SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 15 MAR 2022
• CAPE TOWN – 14 MAR 2022 (21H30) Road closure reported on the N2 Inbound approaching Searle Street in the vicinity of Woodstock, Cape Town. The road has been closed to allow recovery operations following a motor vehicle accident. Emergency services are on the scene. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
• CAPE TOWN – 14 MAR 2022 (21H10) Cape Town Police have deployed reinforcements to Manenberg following a significant increase in gang-related violence in the area. This follows after the Western Cape Community Safety Department also deployed its Law Enforcement Advancement Plan (LEAP) officers to the area on Saturday, 12 March 2022. Community Safety Spokesperson Reagen Allen has stated that the unit is expected to further capacitate and improve ongoing operations led by the Anti-Gang Unit (AGU) and Metro Police, which aims to mitigate gang violence in the area. The increased Police presence follows the recent murder of five people due to an ongoing rivalry between three identified gangs, locally known as the Hard Livings, Clever Kids and Fancy Boys gangs.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 15 MAR 2022
• 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.
• GERMISTON: Protest expected on Saturday, 19 March 2022 at the Meadowdale Mall in the vicinity of Mcdonald’s from 11H00.
• 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.
• PORT NOLLOTH: Protest expected by members affiliated with the National Education Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) on Monday, 21 March 2022, at the Port Nolloth Community Health Centre.
• 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 15H00 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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