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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 17 FEB 2022 (19H00)

February 17

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.
  • MAKHANDA/ GRAHAMSTOWN – 17 FEB 2022 (15H30) The High Court in Makhanda has dismissed Shell and Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe’s application for leave to appeal a ruling that temporarily halted a seismic survey off the Wild Coast. The interim interdict remains in place. Judge Gerald Bloem made the ruling today, 17 February 2022. The application has been dismissed with costs. Shell will not undertake the seismic survey before 31 May 2022. The company, instead, is expected to carry out the survey between December 2022 to May 2023, provided it is allowed to do so.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 17 FEB 2022

  • WELKOM – 17 FEB 2022 (11H00) Protest reported on the R73/ Stateway in the Bedelia area. Community members are protesting due to poor service delivery related to power outages. The demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 17 FEB 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 today, 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.
  • HAMMANSKRAAL – 17 FEB 2022 (14H30) Eskom, in a joint operation with the local Police, are removing illegal connections and transformers in Sekampaneng, Hammanskraal to prevent electrocutions and energy losses. The public is advised to be vigilant.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 17 FEB 2022 (14H50) The Minister of Health, Joe Phaahla, together with the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Buti Manamela, is expected to lead the launch of the Youth Vaccination Programme at Tshwane North Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College on Friday, 18 February 2022. This is as part of the continued collaborative efforts between government and non-governmental organisations to increase vaccine uptake amongst young people. Youth between the age of 18 to 34 years old are the largest target.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 17 FEB 2022 (15H45) President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived at Brussels International Airport in the Kingdom of Belgium. President Ramaphosa is expected to participate in the 6th African Union-European Union (AU-EU) Summit from today, 17 February 2022, till 18 February 2022. 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.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 17 FEB 2022 (16H00) The City of Johannesburg is expected to hand over the City’s Brixton Multipurpose Centre to Gauteng Provincial Legislature today, 17 February 2022, ahead of the State of the Province Address (SOPA) on Monday, 21 February 2022. The Legislature will host the SOPA event on Monday at the said venue, where Premier David Makhura will deliver the State of the Province Address and the Gauteng Provincial Government plans for the year ahead.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 17 FEB 2022 (16H10) UPDATE The City of Tshwane announced that PRASA has paid its outstanding debt. Services will be reconnected to the building. (10H50) The City of Tshwane Executive Mayor, Randall Williams, and the revenue collections team have disconnected services at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) head office. PRASA has over R28 million outstanding payments owed to the City.
  • CENTURION – 17 FEB 2022 (16H30) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed on Central Avenue in the vicinity of Highway Businesspark. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.  (08H30) Protest reported on Central Avenue in the vicinity of Highway Businesspark. 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 – 17 FEB 2022 (17H45) Clover announced that a security guard has been killed and two others injured at its Clayville facility in Olifantsfontein today, 17 February 2022. Clover employees have been protesting against a Section 189 process currently underway at the company. Over 800 employees have been retrenched as part of its restructuring process. Protesting employees threw rocks at the security guards. The security guards attempted to apprehend the wrongdoers, and the workers attacked security guards.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 17 FEB 2022

  • RICHARDS BAY – 17 FEB 2022 (06H20) Protest expected at Bell Equipment Company 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.
  • 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.
  • ESTCOURT – 17 FEB 2022 (10H20) The former Spokesperson of the Mkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association, Carl Niehuis, is expected to appear at the Estcourt Magistrate Court today, 17 February 2022, for trial. Niehaus has been charged with mobilising a gathering of former President Jacob Zuma supporters in violation of COVID-19 regulations.
  • DURBAN – 17 FEB 2022 (16H30) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed on Sydney Road in the vicinity of the Ethekwini Campus. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (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.
  • DURBAN – 17 FEB 2022 (16H50) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed on Election Road. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the situation. (12H05) Protest reported on Election Road. The Durban Solid Waste (DSW) employees are protesting due to labour disputes. The demonstrators have barricaded the road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

 

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.
  • NORTHAM – 17 FEB 2022 (13H45) Unrest expected on the R510 between Northam and Thabazimbi. Two rival taxi associations are disputing operational routes. Public Order Police (POP) are aware of the situation. The public is advised to be vigilant.
  • PHALABORWA – 17 FEB 2022 (18H00) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed on the R71. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the scene. (12H00) Protest reported on the R71. 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.

 

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 (18H10) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed on Hendrina Road in the vicinity of Arnot Power Station. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the scene.  (07H10) Road closure reported in the vicinity of Arnot Power Station due to ongoing protest. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (06H30) Protest reported on Hendrina Road in the vicinity of Arnot Power Station. Trucks have blockaded the road. Motorists are advised o avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 17 FEB 2022

  • MAHIKENG – 17 FEB 2022 (10H35) The Mahikeng High Court is expected to hear an urgent application from dissatisfied African National Congress (ANC) members challenging the party’s processes in the build-up to the 2021 Local Government Elections (LGE) and events that occurred afterwards. The members have allegedly accused the Interim Provincial Committee (IPC) of changing the ANC list to reflect their own prefered candidates instead of those selected by community members.
  • RUSTENBURG – 17 FEB 2022 (14H30) Eskom announced the collapse of Trident tower, causing power outages in some suburbs of Rustenburg. The structure collapsed as a result of vandalism. Eskom has dispatched technicians to the site. The estimated time of restoration is unknown at this stage.
  • MOGWASE – 17 FEB 2022 (18H10) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed on the R510 and President Avenue. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the scene.  (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.
  • RUSTENBURG – 17 FEB 2022 (18H15) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed on Fatima Bhayat Street in the Central Business District (CBD). Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the scene. (11H25) Peaceful protest reported on Fatima Bhayat Street in the Central Business District (CBD). The Deputy Minister of Health, Sibongiseni Dlomo and the demonstrators are marching to raise awareness on illegal termination of sexual and reproductive health. The demonstrators have barricaded the road. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are on the scene.
  • KLERKSDORP – 17 FEB 2022 (18H20) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed outside Klerksdorp Magistrate Court. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the scene. Accused Tshiamo Sekgoro has been found guilty for the murder of Mohamed Dangor.  (12H55) Protest reported outside the Klerksdorp Magistrate Court. The demonstrators are protesting to demand justice for Mohamed Dangor, who was shot at Speedy Car Sales dealership in 2019. The demonstrators have barricaded the entrance of the court. Members of the public are advised to be vigilant. Police are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 17 FEB 2022

  • KIMBERLEY – 17 FEB 2022 (18H35) Police arrested two suspects at the New Park Centre in Kimberley today, 17 February 2022. The suspects attempted to rob a person who withdrew money from an Automated Teller Machine (ATM). The suspects were armed with balaclavas and weapons. The Police have received information and stopped the suspects during the robbery. The suspects are expected to appear in the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court soon.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 17 FEB 2022

  • MALMESBURY – 17 FEB 2022 (12H15) Protest reported on the intersection of Bokom Street and the R302. The demonstrators have barricaded the road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
  • CAPE TOWN – 17 FEB 2022 (14H15) The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) announced that there is currently four outbreaks of enteric fever, formerly known as typhoid fever. Three of the outbreaks are in the Western Cape. There are currently 64 cases of enteric fever in the Western Cape, in three separate outbreaks, 18 in North West, 45 in Gauteng, 12 in Mpumalanga, 9 in KwaZulu-Natal, 7 in the Eastern Cape, 4 in the Free State and 4 in Limpopo. Enteric fever is caused by a bacterium that is endemic to South Africa, is potentially life-threatening and is spread by contaminated water or food. The disease is often seen in communities where there is no adequate sanitation or a lack of access to clean drinking water.
  • CAPE TOWN – 17 FEB 2022 (15H00) Protest reported at the University of the Western Cape in Bellville. Roads affected include the M171/ Symphony Road and East Drive. Students are demanding accommodation. The demonstrators are barricading the entrances to the University. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene.

 

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.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: The Minister of Health, Joe Phaahla, together with the Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Buti Manamela, is expected to lead the launch of the Youth Vaccination Programme at Tshwane North Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College on Friday, 18 February 2022.
  • 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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