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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 16 FEB 2022 (19H00)

February 16

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 16 FEB 2022

  • GRAHAMSTOWN – 16 FEB 2022 (16H00) The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) in Makhanda has given the Makana Municipality until Friday, 18 February 2022, to comply with a high court order of September 2021 to clean up all unofficial landfill sites in Makhanda. The Ezihagwini community committee and the Mary Waters High School took the municipality to court in 2020 for its failure to clean up landfill sites. The Grahamstown High Court ordered the municipality to clean up seven unofficial landfill sites within 14 days; provide three refuse bags to each household per week within 14 days; work with communities to identify all other illegal landfill sites within 30 days; clear all illegal landfill sites within 120 days of the court order, and prepare a comprehensive audit of its waste management needs within three months and provide that to the LRC. However, the municipality has not followed the order.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 16 FEB 2022

  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 16 FEB 2022 (07H15) The former African National Congress (ANC) President Thabo Mbeki is expected to visit the province from Thursday, 17 February 2022, until Saturday, 19 February 2022. The purpose of the visit is to guide the renewal and unity project in the province.
  • WELKOM – 16 FEB 2022 (17H20) Protest reported on the R73/ Stateway in the Bedelia area. Demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 16 FEB 2022

  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 16 FEB 2022 (02H50) Gautrain has announced plans to launch legal action against the City of Tshwane in a bid to compel the Municipality to restore electricity and water supply services to Gautrain’s Hatfield Station. This follows after City of Tshwane officials recently discontinued the supply of water to the Hatfield Gautrain Station, stating that it is currently indebted to the Municipality in the amount of approximately R10-million for services rendered to the station. Gautrain Spokesperson Kesagee Nayager has stated that the Hatfield Gautrain Station has a pre-paid electricity meter and that the account is currently in credit to the value of approximately R120,000. Nayager has further noted that the water account is similarly up to date. Gautrain services have urged the City of Tshwane to urgently reconnect the water and electricity supply to Hatfield Station and schedule a meeting with Gautrain management to obtain a complete statement of the account. In the interim, Gautrain is expected to approach the court to interdict the City to restore services to the station.
  • BRAKPAN – 16 FEB 2022 (11H30) Cash in Transit (CIT) robbery reported on 12th Road in Maryvlei. Reports indicated that unidentified suspects have robbed an armoured vehicle of an undisclosed amount of money. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
  • SPRINGS – 16 FEB 2022 (14H45) Cash-in-transit (CIT) robbery reported in the vicinity of Golden Springs Road in Kwa Thema. Several suspects are attempting to rob an armoured vehicle. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
  • SANDTON – 16 FEB 2022 (15H15) Police operation reported in Sandton Region E, Sandown. The Police have turned off the electricity and water at Radisson Blu Hotel due to the hotel that owes the city R14-million. The Police and the City of Johannesburg are cutting services to businesses due to non-payment as part of operation Buya Mthetho.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 16 FEB 2022 (16H15) UPDATE Demonstrators are protesting outside the University of Pretoria (UP) in Hatfield. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. (06H05) Protest expected by members affiliated with the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) and other unions at the University of Pretoria (UP) in Hatfield from 10H00 on Wednesday, 16 February 2022. SAFTU General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi is expected to join members of the Academic and Professional Staff Association (APSA) at the UP to demand, amongst others, a wage increase of 10%, the 13th cheque and housing allowances. Authorities are expected to be deployed in the area during the protest action. Motorists are advised to exercise vigilance when travelling in affected areas.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 16 FEB 2022 (16H30) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed on the R104/ WF Nkomo Street in the West Park area. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the situation.  (06H10) Protest reported on the R104/ WF Nkomo Street in the West Park area. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery related to electricity. 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.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 16 FEB 2022 (16H30) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed on Kingsway Avenue at the University of Johannesburg. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the situation. Students stated that they will continue to protest on Thursday, 17 February 2022. (13H30) Roads affected by the protest include Kingsway Avenue, the intersection of M5/Beyers Naude and Auckland Avenue, Streatley Avenue and Windsor Road. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. (13H00) Protest reported on Kingsway Avenue in the vicinity of Campus Square. The Economic Freedom Fighters are marching to the University of Johannesburg (UJ) to protest against mandatory vaccination. The demonstrators have barricaded the road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 16 FEB 2022 (17H30) UPDATE EFF Secretary-General Dlamini Marshall and EFF leader Julius Malema are addressing supporters outside the Equality Court. The court case will continue on Thursday, 17 February 2022. A large gathering of EFF supporters is expected outside the court on Thursday. (10H00) Malema has arrived in court ahead of his case against Afriforum.  (09H35) The Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) Chief in Command (CIC), Julius Malema, is expected to appear at the Equality Court Wednesday, 16 February 2022, from 09H00 in a case against Afriforum. The court is expected to hear the Afriforum case against the EFF for using hate speech.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 16 FEB 2022

  • PIETERMARITZBURG – 16 FEB 2022 (11H45) UPDATE The High Court has postponed to Monday, 11 April 2022 for the trial. (11H10) The High Court has dismissed Zuma’s appeal of his special plea to have advocate Billy Downer recused.  (06H50) Road closures are expected ahead of Zuma’s court case. The affected routes will include  Church Street, Boshoff Street, Old Market Street, Otto Street. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Traffic Officers will monitor the area and assist with traffic flow. (06H20) Former President Jacob Zuma is expected to appear at the Pietermaritzburg High Court today, 16 February 2022. The High Court is expected to hand down its ruling in the application for leave to appeal the dismissal of former President Jacob Zuma’s special plea in his corruption case.
  • DURBAN – 16 FEB 2022 (12H15) Protest reported on Lamont Road in the vicinity of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Howard Campus. Students are protesting to demand the resumption of in-person registration. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Stone-throwing has been reported. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes.
  • RICHARDS BAY – 16 FEB 2022 (14H40) Protest expected at Bell Equipment Company on Thursday, 17 February 2022. The North Coast Workers Forum will be marching against the alleged favouritism in employment practice and employment of foreign nationals. Demonstrators will gather on Bullion Boulevard near the BP Garage at 09H00. At 10H00, the protesters will depart and march along Bullion Boulevard towards Slimline Pools, turn left into Guldengracht towards ZCBF, left into Alumina Allee, right towards Bell Equipment. Demonstrators will deliver a memorandum of demands at Bell Equipment. The demonstrators are expected to disperse at 13H00.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 16 FEB 2022

  • PHALABORWA – 16 FEB 2022 (12H20) UPDATE Road closure reported on the R71 due to ongoing protest. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (11H50) Protest reported on the R71 between Namakgale and Lulekani. 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.
  • MANKWENG – 16 FEB 2022 (14H20) Protest expected at the University of Limpopo, Turfloop Campus on 04 March 2022 at 10H00. The Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC) will be protesting for free education. Motorists are advised to be vigilant during the protest. Police will be dispatched to the scene.
  • VAALWATER – 16 FEB 2022 (16H45) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed on the R33 at Mohlakamotala Secondary School. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the situation. (10H55) Demonstrations reported on the R33 in the vicinity of Mokhlakamotala Secondary School. Students are protesting against the school’s permanent closure at the end of the year. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with debris.  (09H10) The R33 routes have been reported for traffic flow. Demonstrations have been dispersed. The situation remains volatile. Motorists are advised to be cautious.  (08H30) Protest reported on the R33 between Vaalwater and Modimolle in the vicinity of Viva 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.
  • POLOKWANE/PIETERSBURG – 16 FEB 2022 (16H50) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed at the University of Limpopo by Mafoko security with rubber bullets. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the situation. (11H20) Protest reported at the  University of Limpopo (UP). The Economic Freedom Fighter Student Command (EFFSC) and the South African Students Congress (SASC) members are protesting over student allowances, financial clearance,  disbursement of data and other student issues. The demonstrators have barricaded the entrance of the university. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 16 FEB 2022

  • MIDDELBURG – 16 FEB 2022 (17H10) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed outside the Steve Tshwete Local Municipality. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the situation. Employees of the Municipality is expected to continue their protest on Thursday, 17 February 2022. (10H45) Protest reported outside the Steve Tshwete Local Municipality. Employees are protesting due to salary-related matters. 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

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 16 FEB 2022

  • KROONDAL – 16 FEB 2022 (12H00) UPDATE The R104 route has been reopened for traffic flow. Police have dispersed the demonstrations. The situation remains volatile. Motorists are advised to be cautious. (11H00) Violent demonstrations reported on the R104. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (10H35) Protest reported on the R104 in the vicinity of Altkriondal Outehuis. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Stone-throwing has been reported. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
  • MAHIKENG – 16 FEB 2022 (13H45) North West Premier Bushy Maape is expected to deliver the State of the Province Address (SOPA) on Friday, 18 February 2022. Maape will deliver his first SOPA at the official opening of the Provincial Legislature Chamber in Mahikeng, where the sitting will be presided over by the Speaker of the Legislature, Susanna Dantjie. Maape is expected to highlight the provincial government’s plans to grow the economy, expedite the delivery of basic services, and create jobs.
  • KROONDAL – 16 FEB 2022 (17H45) UPDATE The N4 between Kroondal and Marikana plaza has been re-opened to traffic. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (15H00) Road closure reported on the N4 between Kroondal and Marikana plaza. The road is closed due to a motor vehicle accident. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Emergency services are on the scene. Recovery is in progress.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 16 FEB 2022

  • KIMBERLEY – 16 FEB 2022 (09H30) The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced that it has made an urgent appeal to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) to scale up its locust combatting efforts to better mitigate the impact of the ongoing invasion of veld and farmland by locusts that have been reported over a wide area in the vicinity of Vosburg, Van Wyksvlei, Prieska, Marydale and Hopetown. This follows after district locust officers and workers struggle to contain the growing outbreak due to several challenges related to the programme. The DA stated that shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), including protective eyewear, good overalls, and low-quality ponchos, poses a threat to the effective control of the locusts and officers’ health and poor quality of pump seals. The DA added that DAFF must implement urgent solutions before further outbreaks follow due to additional rainfall.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 16 FEB 2022

  • CAPE TOWN – 16 FEB 2022 (00H10) Road closure reported on Nelson Mandela Boulevard approaching the Cape Town International Convention Centre in the vicinity of Foreshore, Cape Town. The road has been closed to allow recovery operations following a motor vehicle accident. Authorities are on the scene. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
  • CAPE TOWN – 16 FEB 2022 (06H00) Minister of Transport Mbalula Fikile is expected to visit the Central Business District taxi rank today, 16 February 2022, at 07H00. Fikile will engage with taxi operators to apply for the COVID-19 Taxi Relief Fund (TRF). The TRF is a financial support scheme introduced to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the taxi industry.
  • CAPE TOWN – 16 FEB 2022 (07H40) Protest expected by the members affiliated with the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) on Wednesday, 23 February 2022 at the City Hall ahead of the Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana budget speech. The SAFTU members are expected to protest against budget cuts, wage cuts, job losses and unemployment. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are aware of the protest.
  • CAPE TOWN – 16 FEB 2022 (14H00) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to reply to the State of the Nation Address (SONA) Debate at the Cape Town City Hall today, 16 February 2022, at 14H00. The President delivered the State of the Nation Address to a hybrid Joint Sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) last Thursday, 10 February 2022. Members of Parliament (MPs) have, over the last two days, engaged on and debated the State of the Nation Address.
  • CAPE TOWN – 16 FEB 2022 (15H45) Students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have protested today, 16 February 2022, amid registration and outstanding fee debt problems. Students planned to shut down the campus last Friday, 11 February 2022. However, their plans have been put on hold following discussions with the university. The academic year has begun on Monday, 14 February 2022. Acting student representative council (SRC) president, Siya Plaatjies, stated that a commitment has been made to students that they would still be able to access academic material pending registration and council decisions of fee blocks. However, UCT has failed to uphold its commitment.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 16 FEB 2022

  • BISHO: Protest expected by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members on Thursday, 17 February at the Provincial Legislature from 14H00.
  • RICHARDS BAY: Protest expected at Bell Equipment Company on Thursday, 17 February 2022.
  • MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT: Deputy President David Mabuza, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 Vaccines, is expected to visit Ngodwana Mill on Friday, 18 February 2022.
  • GRAHAMSTOWN: The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) in Makhanda has given the Makana Municipality until Friday, 18 February 2022, to comply with a high court order of September 2021 to clean up all unofficial landfill sites in Makhanda.
  • JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected at the Short Street Park in the vicinity of the Pikitup Head Office in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, from 10H00 on Saturday, 19 February 2022.
  • CAPE TOWN: Protest expected on Saturday, 19 February 2022 at 11H00 in Cape Town. The truckers convoy will be protesting in support of the Freedom World Wide Movement.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana is expected to deliver the inaugural National Budget Speech on Wednesday, 23 February 2022.
  • CAPE TOWN: Protest expected by the members affiliated with the South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) on Wednesday, 23 February 2022 at the City Hall ahead of the Minister of Finance, Enoch Godongwana budget speech.
  • JOHANNESBURG: South African Airways (SAA) announced that it will resume flights to Durban with three daily return flights from 04 March 2022.
  • MANKWENG: Protest expected at the University of Limpopo, Turfloop Campus on 04 March 2022 at 10H00.

 

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