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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 18 FEB 2022 (10H00)

February 18

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 18 FEB 2022

  • PORT ELIZABETH/ GQEBERHA – 17 FEB 2022 (20H15) The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape has suspended all branch general meetings (BGMs) in two metropolitan regions, W.B Rubusana in East London and Nelson Mandela Bay, due to the violence linked to some recent BGMs. This follows after an ANC councillor in the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan, Mzwandile Booi, has been shot and killed, and gunshots have been fired during the proceedings of a BGM in East London. ANC Eastern Cape Spokesperson, Loyiso Magqashela, stated that the national and provincial leadership will be visiting these areas to engage the branches.
  • GQEBERHA/ EASTERN CAPE – 17 FEB 2022 (22H30) The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has called for the provincial Education Department to be placed under administration. This follows after more than 120 students from the Ikamva Lesizwe Combined School in Kenton-on-Sea had recently been transported to the Port Alfred Hospital as a result of suspected food poisoning, while several schools in Makhanda closed on Wednesday, 16 February 2022, due to the non-delivery of stationery and textbooks. DA Eastern Cape Education Spokesperson has stated that the challenges are compounded by the Department’s shortage of funds to deliver on its primary functions, as well as the overcrowding of schools and the lack of infrastructure and adequate sanitation.
  • GRAHAMSTOWN – 18 FEB 2022 (06H05) The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) in Makhanda has given the Makhanda Municipality until today, 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 – 18 FEB 2022

  • WINBURG – 18 FEB 2022 (03H10) Traffic authorities have announced the reopening of the N1 between Winburg and Ventersburg in the Free State. This follows after the road had been closed to traffic due to a bus fire on Thursday morning, 17 February 2022. Police Spokesperson Steven Thakeng has stated that no injuries have been reported during the incident. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined, pending further investigations.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 18 FEB 2022

  • RANDFONTEIN – 17 FEB 2022 (19H00) Members of Executive Council (MEC) Panyaza Lesufi is meeting with parents at Hoërskool Jan Viljoen. The meeting is held at a sports ground in Randfontein. This follows after a protest at the school due to a racially insensitive incident.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 17 FEB 2022 (19H30) The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has authorised the use of Merck’s COVID-19 treatment pill Molnupiravir. In addition, Pfizer has submitted an application for its COVID-19 pill, Paxlovid, which was under consideration. Molnupiravir is only for patients aged 18 years and older. It has been authorised with conditions, only a limited quantity of the molnupiravir capsules can be imported for a period of six months.
  • VANDERBIJLPARK – 17 FEB 2022 (21H15) The Emfuleni Local Municipality has notified consumers in Boipatong and Tshepiso of an emergency water supply interruption currently in effect. The water interruption is due to a burst main water pipeline supplying the two areas. The Water Demand Team has subsequently shut down the supply to drain the channel to commence repair operations. The Municipal Communications Department has stated that the water supply is expected to be restored tomorrow, 18 February 2022.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 17 FEB 2022 (21H45) UPDATE Police have confirmed the arrests of two people in connection to the death of a security guard during a recent workers’ protest at Clover in Johannesburg. Police Spokesperson Colonel Dimakatso Sello has stated that the two suspects are expected to be charged with murder pending further investigations. (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 stopped the bus to apprehend the wrongdoers, and the workers got out of all three buses and stoned the security guards.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 18 FEB 2022 (06H10) 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 today, 18 February 2022. This is part of the continued collaborative efforts between government and non-governmental organisations to increase vaccine uptake among young people. Youth between the age of 18 to 34 years old are the largest target.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 18 FEB 2022 (06H20) Protest expected by the community members of Ext 14 Shoshanguve at the Union Buildings today, 18 February 2022. The demonstrators are expected to gather on Kgosi Mampuru Street and Madiba Street from 10H00. The demonstrators will be protesting to demand service delivery related to housing and road infrastructure. The following routes are expected to be affected Kgosi Mampuru Street, Sophie de Bruyn Street, Bosman Street, Paul Kruger Street, Thabo Sehume Street, Lillian Ngoyi Street, Sisulu Street, Du Toit Street, Nelson Mandela Drive, Steve Biko Road, Hamilton Street and Government Avenue. The demonstrators are expected to disperse from 13H00. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the situation.
  • SPRINGS – 18 FEB 2022 (06H40) Road closure reported on the N17 towards Leandra due to a heavy motor vehicle accident. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 18 FEB 2022

  • PIETERMARITZBURG – 17 FEB 2022 (20H00) Students at the Pietermaritzburg high school are calling for the removal of teachers who have been accused of sexual harassment. The school has suspended classes for students. However, Grade 12 students will continue with classes. Police are investigating the matter.
  • ESTCOURT – 18 FEB 2022 (07H25) The trial of the former Spokesperson of the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA), Carl Niehaus, is expected to resume today, 18 February 2022, at the Estcourt Magistrate Court. Niehaus is being charged with the contravention of COVID-19 lockdown regulations.
  • PONGOLA – 18 FEB 2022 (08H00) Road closure reported on the N2  between Piet Retief and Pongola due to three Heavy motor vehicles accident. The trucks are on fire. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Emergency services have been dispatched.
  • DURBAN – 18 FEB 2022 (09H30) Protest reported on Electron Road. The Durban Solid Waste (DSW) employees are protesting due to labour disputes. 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 – LIMPOPO – 18 FEB 2022

  • PHALABORWA – 18 FEB 2022 (07H50) Police have announced that the calm has been restored following the Majeje community protest in Phalaborwa Local Municipality. This follows after protests over the relocation of the Majeje Tribal Authority offices and the lack of transparency on upcoming projects. The community blocked the R71 road over allegations that the King of Majeje, Mlungisi Ntsanwisi, plans to build the new tribal offices in Selwane and not Lulekani after community members burned down the old offices and not being transparent of forthcoming projects which include the construction of Majeje City, Majeje Clinic, and a college. The community representative, Alfa Ngwenya, stated that King Ntsanwisi is expected to meet with the community to provide a full report on the projects.
  • NORTHAM – 18 FEB 2022 (09H40) Protest reported on the R510 Northam and Thabazimbi. Taxi operators are protesting due to taxi disputes. The demonstrators have blockaded the road. The situation is volatile. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 18 FEB 2022

  • BUSHBUCKRIDGE – 17 FEB 2022 (22H20) The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has raised concerns regarding the recent attack on a medical worker at a Mpumalanga hospital. This follows after a doctor at the Mapulaneng hospital in Mpumalanga had been hijacked and attacked after her shift on Tuesday evening, 15 February 2022. The incident follows the recent murder of a nurse at the Thembisa Hospital. SAMA has called for stringent security measures to be implemented to ensure the protection of healthcare workers and patients.
  • NELSPRUIT/MBOMBELA – 18 FEB 2022 (06H00) Deputy President David Mabuza, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 Vaccines, is expected to visit Ngodwana Mill today, 18 February 2022. This visit will include the Handover Ceremony of essential materials by Sappi Southern Africa to the local community towards curbing the spread of COVID-19 in schools. The Handover Ceremony will be held at the Sappi Southern Africa in Ngodwana Mill, Ehlanzeni District. Deputy President Mabuza will undertake a guided tour of Sappi’s Enterprise Development Centre during the visit. On conclusion of his visit to Sappi, the Deputy President will embark on a walkabout as part of the COVID-19 vaccination demand strategy.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 18 FEB 2022

  • BRITS – 17 FEB 2022 (20H00) Police in Mothotlung near Brits has launched an investigation into a three-count murder case. Mothotlung community members have killed a suspected murderer as part of vigilante justice. The suspected murderer allegedly killed two children.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 18 FEB 2022

  • KIMBERLEY – 18 FEB 2022 (09H00) The Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane and the Deputy Public Protector, Kholeka Gceleka, are expected to meet with the Provincial Speaker of Legislature, Premier Zamani Saul, Executive Council, Director- General (DG) and Head of Department today, 18 February 2022, at the Premier’s office from 10H00 as part of the Public Protector stakeholder roadshow. The roadshow outreach program of the Public Protector South Africa (PPSA) seeks to strengthen ties and foster collaboration and cooperation between the PPSA and organs of state, including provincial legislatures, government departments, municipalities and traditional authorities, to promote quality service delivery and good governance in state affairs.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 18 FEB 2022

  • CAPE TOWN – 17 FEB 2022 (19H20) Clashes reported on Boundary Road and Schaapkraal Road in Philippi. Rival gangs have caused unrest in the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police have arrested four gang members. The gang members are suspected to be part of the American gang from Parkwood.
  • CAPE TOWN – 17 FEB 2022 (21H00) Road closure reported on the M5 Northbound approaching the Berkley Road offramp in the vicinity of Ndabeni, Cape Town. The M5 Northbound at the N1 Inbound ramp has also been closed to traffic. The road closures follow due to ongoing road rehabilitation operations. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
  • CAPE TOWN – 18 FEB 2022 (04H00) Protest expected on Keizersgracht Street in Zonnebloem, Cape Town, from 11H00 on Wednesday, 23 February 2022. The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) is expected to launch demonstrations to protest against budget reductions. Motorists are advised to avoid areas affected by the demonstrations. Police are expected to be deployed to monitor the protest.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 18 FEB 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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