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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 17 FEB 2022 (10H00)
SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 17 FEB 2022
- BISHO – 17 FEB 2022 (06H00) Protest expected by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members today, 17 February, at the Provincial Legislature from 14H00. The demonstrators are expected to protest in demand of employment, payment of Education Assistants and General School Assistants, reinstatement of health workers, payment to service providers and the removal of Head of Department (HOD) of Treasury, Daliwongs Majeke. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are aware of the protest.
- BISHO – 17 FEB 2022 (09H20) Premier Oscar Mabuyane is expected to deliver the State of the Province Address (SOPA) today, 17 February 2022, at the Provincial Legislature from 17H00.
SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 17 FEB 2022
- WELKOM – 16 FEB 2022 (21H30) UPDATE The Matjhabeng City Councilor has stated that electricity has been restored to the protesting residents’ complex building. This follows extensive negotiations between Ward Councilor Igor Scheurkogel and other City officials. (20H00) Community members are protesting due to the Matjhabeng Municipality that has cut the electricity at the Rehola complex. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (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 – 17 FEB 2022
- JOHANNESBURG – 16 FEB 2022 (22H00) The City of Johannesburg has suspended services to Sandton City Mall due to the non-payment of R158 million for municipal services. Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Phalatse and a delegation from the City has reportedly also disconnected the water supply at Johannesburg’s Radisson Blu hotel for its failure to settle outstanding debts amounting to approximately R14 million. Prior to the campaign, the City reportedly issued notices of termination of service and advised clients to settle the outstanding amount or make alternative arrangements for payments. Phalatse has stated that the operations are expected to continue throughout the City in the following weeks.
- JOHANNESBURG – 16 FEB 2022 (22H00) The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called for submissions on allegations of racial discrimination and general discrimination. This follows after the SAHRC recently stated that it is scheduled to convene an inquiry into such allegations in Johannesburg from 14 March 2022 until 18 March 2022. The Commission has stated that the measure aims to promote respect for human rights, a culture of human rights, and protection, development and attainment of human rights. SAHRC has requested the public, advertising agencies, retailers, regulatory bodies, marketers, organisations, Government departments and entities and interest groups to produce written submissions by Friday, 31 March 2022.
- TSHWANE / PRETORIA – 16 FEB 2022 (22H30) The Presidency has announced that President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to travel to Brussels, Belgium today, 16 February 2022, to participate in the 6th African Union-European Union (AU-EU) Summit from 17 February 2022 and 18 February 2022. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor is expected to accompany the President. This follows an invite sent to Ramaphosa by the Chairperson of the AU Commission to participate in the Summit. During the visit, President Ramaphosa is scheduled to participate in the climate change and energy transition, digital and transport roundtable on 17 February 2022 and chair the roundtable on health systems and vaccine production on 18 February 2022.
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 17 FEB 2022 (01H10) The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) has resolved that President Cyril Ramaphosa will not be required to appear before the Committee. This follows as President Ramaphosa had been set to appear before the SCOPA to account for an audio recording stating that state funds had been used for political party business.
- CENTURION – 17 FEB 2022 (04H00) The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) has issued a warning to motorists stating that the R21 northbound is expected to be reduced to two lanes in the direction of Pretoria after the Olifantsfontein interchange indefinitely. The measure is expected to result in peak hour congestion. SANRAL Engineering Executive Louw Kannemeyer has stated that road users are advised to consider alternative routes such as the M18 and M57. The closure of lanes follows the formation of two sinkholes on the R21 northbound carriageway on Monday afternoon, 14 February 2022. Kannemeyer has stated that preliminary assessments have been conducted by SANRAL engineers. SANRAL is currently in the process of appointing the required geotechnical engineering specialists to assist with the specialist investigations required. In the interim, SANRAL is expected to install concrete barriers to ensure public safety. Kannemeyer has stated that the lane closures are set to remain in place until specialist investigations and remedial measures have been implemented.
- JOHANNESBURG – 17 FEB 2022 (06H05) The Gauteng Provincial Government is scheduled to provide an update regarding the latest developments at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH) at 09H30 tomorrow, 17 February 2022. The update follows the recent fire that occurred at the hospital on 16 April 2021, which caused extensive structural damage. Remedial works have been ongoing at the facility since May 2021.
- JOHANNESBURG – 17 FEB 2022 (06H40) Protest expected at the intersection of Kingsway Avenue and University Road in the vicinity of the University of Johannesburg on today, 17 February 2022. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and students are expected to protest against mandatory vaccination. Motorists are advised to be vigilant during the protest. Police are aware of the protest.
- CENTURION – 17 FEB 2022 (08H30) Protest reported on Central Avenue in the vicinity of Highway Business park. 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 – KWAZULU-NATAL – 17 FEB 2022
- RICHARDS BAY – 17 FEB 2022 (06H20) Protest expected at Bell Equipment Company on today, 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. The demonstrators are expected to depart from 10H00 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.
- DURBAN – 17 FEB 2022 (07H25) Protest reported on Sydney Road in the vicinity of Ethekwini Campus. Students have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
- UMZINTO – 17 FEB 2022 (09H10) The Democratic Alliance (DA) has welcomed the postponement of the by-elections in Ward 13 of the Umdoni Municipality. This follows after the DA filed an urgent application with the electoral court to raise concerns of 235 additional voters who have been allegedly added to the votes roll during registrations in January 2022. The by-elections were scheduled for Wednesday, 23 February 2022.
SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 17 FEB 2022
- POLOKWANE/PIETERSBURG – 17 FEB 2022 (07H50) The University of Limpopo (UL) has announced that it is awaiting a memorandum of demands from the Student Representative Council (SRC) and a formal report on the turn of events at the University before responding to the student’s concerns. This follows after the Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC) and the South African Students Congress (SASCO) failed to submit their memorandum of demands after being fired with rubber bullets by the University security offices during a protest.
SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 17 FEB 2022
- KOMATIPOORT – 17 FEB 2022 (03H20) UPDATE The N4 between the Lebombo Border Post and the Mananga intersection in Komatipoort has been reopened to traffic. (01H50) Road closure reported on the N4 between the Lebombo Border Post and the Mananga intersection. 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.
- HENDRINA – 17 FEB 2022 (06H30) Protest reported on Hendrina Road in the vicinity of Arnot Power Station. Trucks have blockaded the road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 17 FEB 2022
- WOLMARANSTAD – 16 FEB 2022 (20H30) Residents of Wolmaransstad have raised concerns regarding the shortage of water today, 16 February 2022. The community has been without water for four weeks, and the Maquassi Hills Local Municipality has also stopped providing water through tankers. Maquassi Hills Mayor, Mzwandile Feleti, stated that the Government is working to solve this problem. The National Government allocated R5-million to rehabilitate the boreholes in the municipality.
- MOGWASE – 17 FEB 2022 (09H50) Protest reported on the R510 and President Avenue. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery related to water outages. 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 – NORTHERN CAPE – 17 FEB 2022
- KIMBERLEY – 16 FEB 2022 (19H15) The Sol Plaatje Municipality has called for a strict approach to prevent cable theft. This follows after recent cable theft incidents that left the larger part of Cassandra City without electricity. The municipality stated that it has partnered with stakeholders to address the issues of cable theft. This includes conducting patrols and other methods that will assist in getting suspects and illegal scrap metal dealers arrested. Municipal Spokesperson, Sello Matsie, stated that it is challenging for municipalities to deal with criminals who are vandalising municipal infrastructure, as it is the same offenders who have been arrested after being released from prison.
SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 17 FEB 2022
- CAPE TOWN – 16 FEB 2022 (20H00) Firefighters have been called to the Parliament building after engineers discovered hot spots during an inspection today, 16 February 2022. Parliament Spokesperson Moloto Mothapo stated that this is a precautionary safety measure to avert any potential flare-up, and there is no immediate danger to either the inspectors on-site or the general parliamentary community. This comes after structural engineers from the public works and infrastructure department have been conducting inspections inside the National Assembly building. They detected some heat at certain spots on the basement of the building and called in the Cape Town fire and rescue team.
- CAPE TOWN – 16 FEB 2022 (22H40) City of Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has announced that the City has launched the first tender round for independent power providers to provide an estimated 300 megawatts (mW) of majority solar power production. The Mayor made the announcement during the recent Solar Power Africa Conference in Cape Town, stating that independent energy suppliers are expected to significantly reduce the City’s reliance on Eskom.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 17 FEB 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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