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

March 17

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 17 MAR 2022

  • QONCE – 17 MAR 2022 (06H10) Parliament has announced that public hearings on the Electoral Amendment Bill are scheduled to take place in the Eastern Cape from 10H00 and 13H00 on Thursday, 17 March 2022. The event is set to be held at the First World War Memorial in Ayliff Street, Qonce.
  • IDUTYWA – 17 MAR 2022 (11H00) Protest reported on the N2, approximately 7- kilometres outside Idutywa towards Seshego. Demonstrators have closed the road to traffic. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 17 MAR 2022

  • BOTSHABELO – 17 MAR 2022 (07H00) Census field staff in Botshabelo in the Free State have vowed to boycott work until their salaries are paid. According to the Census workers, they had not received their February 2022 salaries. The workers have further commenced with their strike on Saturday, 12 March 2022, and delivered a memorandum of demands to their management. Meanwhile, the Census management has noted that the non-payment issue is due to a system faulty. The Head of Stats South Africa (SA) Free State, Boniswa Jonas, has stated that the management is aware of the issue and noted that the DCC unit was not paid, including field workers in Dewetsdorp and Zastron areas.
  • PHUTHADITJHABA – 17 MAR 2022 (16H00) Motorists are advised to avoid the S1579 Road from Phuthaditjhaba towards the Monontsha Border Post. This is due to a landslide occurring 8-kilometres from the turnoff to the Sentinel Primary School. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 17 MAR 2022

  • WYNBERG – 17 MAR 2022 (06H00) Six Operation Dudula members are expected to appear before the Alexandra Magistrate Court today, 17 March 2021. This follows after the members had been arrested at the Pan Africa Mall during a demonstration. The suspects will be provided with the opportunity to apply for bail. A possible demonstration is likely to occur at the court during the hearing. Motorists are advised to be vigilant.
  • ROODEPOORT – 17 MAR 2022 (08H15) City Power has announced that the recent rainfall has disrupted its attempts to repair the JG Strydom switching substation in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg. The electricity supply was disrupted on Wednesday, 16 March 2022, after a fire incident occurred at the substation affecting several areas in Roodepoort. Technical teams have been dispatched to the substation to work on repairing the substation. Spokesperson Isaac Mangena has stated that the affected areas include Weltevredenpark, Randpark Ridge and Allen’s Nek.
  • PRETORIA/ TSHWANE – 17 MAR 2022 (09H00) The City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality has announced that repair work is underway to restore electricity in some areas following a protest by employees. This comes after several service delivery protests in parts of the city on Wednesday, 16 March 2022. Thatchfield residents closed the R55 Road and Brakfontein Road in Centurion due to power disruptions, as well as residents of Olivenhoutboch. City of Tshwane workers is demanding a salary increase.
  • PRETORIA/ TSHWANE – 17 MAR 2022 (11H50) President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as Southern African Development Community (SADC) Facilitator to the Kingdom of Lesotho, is expected to receive a courtesy call from His Majesty King Letsie III at the President’s official residence at Mahlamba Ndlopfu, Pretoria, on Friday, 18 March 2022. The Heads of State are expected to exchange views on bilateral relations and progress regarding the SADC facilitation process in Lesotho. Ramaphosa will be supported by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor.
  • CENTURION – 17 MAR 2022 (12H00) Protest reported on the R55 Olievenhoutbosch in Centurion. The demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery related to power 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.
  • MODDERFONTEIN – 17 MAR 2022 (14H40) UPDATE Police have arrested a suspect, and a total of four suspects have been shot. A shooting ensued as the Police prevented an armed robbery. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are investigating the matter. (12H30) Members of the public are advised to avoid the Stoneridge Shopping Centre due to an active crime scene incident. Reports indicate that three suspects have been killed and one suspect injured following an attempted armed robbery. Police are on the scene.
  • ROODEPOORT – 17 MAR 2022 (16H30) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed outside UNISA campus on Christiaan De Wet Road in Roodepoort. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.  (07H30) Protest reported at the UNISA campus on Christiaan De Wet Road in Roodepoort. Demonstrators have set alight tyres and debris in front of the Campus. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police have been dispatched to the scene.
  • SOSHANGUVE – 17 MAR 2022 (18H10) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed on the R80/ Mabopane Highway. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (15H45) Protest reported on the R80/ Mabopane Highway in Soshanguve. Demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. Traffic has been delayed in both directions. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 17 MAR 2022

  • PIETERMARITZBURG – 17 MAR 2022 (09H40) Politician and a member of the Democratic Alliance (DA), Mbali Ntuli, has tendered her resignation as a member of the DA and the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature. Ntuli has noted that her decision had been made following the challenges she encountered at the party. Ntuli has served the opposition political party for more than ten years.
  • PIETERMARITZBURG – 17 MAR 2022 (13H45) The public is advised to be vigilant in Pietermaritzburg. Community members have advised foreign nationals to leave by 12H00 today, 17 March 2022, in the Jika Joe informal settlement. Operation Dudula members are expected to remove foreign nationals that remain after 12H00. The situation is volatile and can result in clashes. A heightened Police presence is reported in Pietermaritzburg, and the Police are aware of the situation. Motorists are advised to avoid Jika Joe informal settlement.
  • DURBAN – 17 MAR 2022 (18H00) Road closure reported on M13 in Hillcrest at Gillitts. The road is closed due to a heavy motor vehicle accident. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Emergency services are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 17 MAR 2022

  • AMATAVA – 17 MAR 2022 (18H15) UPDATE The N1 between Polokwane and Mokopane has been re-opened to traffic. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (09H45) Road closure reported on the N1 between Polokwane and Mokopane due to a heavy motor vehicle collision. Motorists are advised to use the R101 route as an alternative route. Traffic officers are on the scene to divert traffic.
  • PHALABORWA – 17 MAR 2022 (18H20) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed on the R71 and R40 between Neverland Place and SMB Plant. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (12H15) Motorists are advised to avoid the affected roads due to the demonstration near the Hlanganani Craft/ Coffee shop on the R71 and R40 Road between Neverland Place and SMB Plant. Security personnel are monitoring the situation. (10H15) Protest reported at the Palabora Mining Company on Koper Way. Workers affiliated with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) are demonstrating over alleged deductions of R8 900 dividends per employee. NUM Regional Secretary Phillip Mankge has stated that their dividends were initially expected to be paid out in 2019. However, PMC requested a 2-year extension due to financial constraints. Meanwhile, the management of the company is engaging with the workers over the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. The situation remains volatile. Police are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 17 MAR 2022

  • TONGA VIEW – 17 MAR 2022 (06H25) Protest expected by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) Ehlanzeni Region at the Tonga Hospital and the Nkomazi Sub-District PHC today, 17 March 2022, from 08H00. The union will be embarking on mass action as part of close ranks and defending the base program of the national union. This comes as the union raises concerns over the worker’s and communities’ grievances, such as the shortage of staff, in almost all units or sections, patients on referrals to other healthcare facilities are made to sleep on hospital benches a night before their trips the following morning, overtime accruals for workers date back as from 2020, poor working conditions and shortage of working material, amongst others. The union has scheduled to gather at the Corner of D797, Tonga – Naas Road, and Corner R5812, phase two, Tonga – Mangweni and Block A Road, at 08H00 and begin demonstrating to the taxi rank, and march to the hospital main gate to issue two sets of a memorandum, to Tonga Hospital Management and the Nkomazi PHC Management. Motorists are advised to avoid the area during the duration of the protest. Police are expected to be on the scene.
  • BUSHBUCKRIDGE – 17 MAR 2022 (12H40) Protest reported on the R40 between Marijane A and Marijane G. The demonstrators are burning tyres and debris along the R40 Road. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are on the scene.
  • NELSPRUIT/ MBOMBELA – 17 MAR 2022 (16H40) UPDATE The Police arrested a suspect on charges of arson after he set the ANC Mpumalanga offices alight. The suspect allegedly came to the offices, alleging that his complaints had not been attended to and he wanted to speak to a liaison officer. The liaison officer was not available at that time. The suspect then poured petrol over the offices and set it alight. The fire is extinguished. Three offices have been damaged by the fire. (14H50) Police stated that an unknown individual petrol-bombed the ANC Mpumalanga offices in Mbombela. Police are investigating the motive behind the fire, and no injuries have been recorded in the incident. The Provincial investigative team are closely following the suspect accused of setting alight the ANC’s provincial headquarters. (11H00) Fire reported at the African National Congress (ANC) Mpumalanga offices in Mbombela. The cause of the fire is not yet known. Emergency services are on the scene. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area.
  • MIDDELBURG – 17 MAR 2022 (18H25) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed at the Nkangala FET College on Brug Street. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.  (08H00) Protest reported at the Nkangala FET College in Brug Street. Students, led by Student Representative Council (SRC) members, are demanding skills workshops to be accredited, the library to be refurbished, and the shortage of lecturers to be addressed. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 17 MAR 2022

  • WOLMARANSSTAD – 17 MAR 2022 (15H30) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed on the N12 in Wolmaransstad. The road is open to traffic. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are monitoring the situation. (15H00) Tswelelang residents demand the municipality to take responsibility after the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) hired its own employees to begin the N12 road maintenance in Wolmaransstad. The residents are demanding that SANRAL hire local members to complete the N12 road project. Residents are requesting the Mayor and Municipal Manager to address them. Potchefstroom Public Order Police are on the scene to restore calm. (14H00) Protest reported on the N12 in Wolmaransstad. Community members are protesting over the N12 road project. Demonstrators are barricading the road. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 17 MAR 2022

  • POSTMASBURG – 17 MAR 2022 (08H30) Protest reported on the R385 between Postmasburg and Owendale. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 17 MAR 2022

  • CAPE TOWN – 17 MAR 2022 (16H15) Attempted targeted killing reported outside the Heideveld Public Library near Cameo. Emergency services and Police are on the scene. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
  • ROBERTSON – 17 MAR 2022 (18H30) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed on the R60 near Build-it. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the situation. (10H30) Truck drivers have been advised to avoid the area. The situation is volatile as the Police are firing shots. The road has been closed due to the situation.  (08H50) Protest reported on the R60 at Robertson near Build-it. Demonstrators have closed the road with debris. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police have been dispatched to the scene.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 17 MAR 2022

  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA: Protest expected by the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) members on Friday, 18 March 2022, at the Department of Military Veterans.
  • PRETORIA/ TSHWANE: President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as Southern African Development Community (SADC) Facilitator to the Kingdom of Lesotho, is expected to receive a courtesy call from His Majesty King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho at the President’s official residence at Mahlamba Ndlopfu, Pretoria, on Friday, 18 March 2022.
  • 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.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA: Protest expected by members affiliated with the South African Informal Traders Alliance (SAITA) on Monday, 21 March 2022, from 13H00 at the Union Building.
  • KARIEGA: The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is expected to hold its Uitenhage Massacre Commemoration Rally on Monday, 21 March 2022, from 12H00 at the Jabavu Sports Ground.
  • JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected on Monday, 21 March 2022 from 09H00. The demonstrators are expected to gather at Pieter Roos Park and march to Museum Africa.
  • JOHANNESBURG: Peaceful protest expected by members of Kopanang Africa Against Xenophobia movement on Monday, 21 March 2022, at the office of the Premier.
  • CAPE TOWN: Protest expected at the Parliament Building on Monday, 21 March 2022 at 08H30.
  • 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.
  • ODENDAALRUS: Protest expected at Kutloanong Community Hall on Monday, 21 March 2022 at 10H00. Demonstrators will be protesting against xenophobia in South Africa.
  • 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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