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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 18 FEB 2022 (19H00)

February 18

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 18 FEB 2022

  • 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.
  • PORT ELIZABETH/GQEBERHA – 18 FEB 2022 (16H50) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed outside the Department of Education. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the situation. (11H00) Protest reported outside the Department of Education. Members of the Azanian People’s Organisation are protesting due to the failure of the department to provide stationery supplies to several schools in Nelson Mandela Bay. The demonstrators have barricaded the entrance of the building. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
  • PORT ELIZABETH/ GQEBERHA – 18 FEB 2022 (17H50) UPDATE Taxi operators will be protesting due to the non-payment to those who form part of the scholar transport system. Scholar transport operators have not received their invoices for November 2021 and December 2021. Provincial Transport Spokesperson Unathi Binqose stated that R40-million will be available to settle outstanding debts by next week. (15H00) Protest expected in Eastern Cape from Monday, 21 February 2022. Taxi operators will embark on an industrial strike. The Algoa Bus company will suspend services for the duration of the protest. Motorists are advised to be vigilant during the protest. Police are aware of the situation.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 18 FEB 2022

  • WINBURG – 18 FEB 2022 (03H10) Traffic authorities have announced the re-opening 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.
  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 18 FEB 2022 (15H00) Mangaung residents are threatening to protest due to poor service delivery. This follows after community representatives held a meeting with the Municipality Councillor. The community is demanding toilets, amongst others. The Councillor stated that the Municipality does not have the necessary funds.
  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 18 FEB 2022 (15H50) Protest reported at the University of the Free State. Students are protesting against the vaccination policy. The students are barricading the entrances of the university. Police have arrested several students. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
  • HARRISMITH – 18 FEB 2022 (16H40) The Maluti-a-Phofung (MAP) local municipality has raised concerns regarding service delivery today, 18 February 2022. The Extended Mayoral Committee held a meeting to discuss challenges such as delays in service delivery, water issues, electricity cut-offs, sewer spillages, and illegal electrical connections. The municipal manager, Tseko Mothamaha, presented status reports and highlighted some of the projects that have recently been confirmed. This includes the MAP Gateway, expected to be developed next to the University of the Free State’s Qwaqwa Campus. Mothamaha also discussed the megacity project that will join the towns of Kestell, Harrismith, and Qwaqwa. Furthermore, Mothamaha included the establishment of the Central University of Technology (CUT) in MAP. In conclusion, he announced a neighbourhood grant to improve all three towns.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 18 FEB 2022

  • 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 Extention 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.
  • SANDTON – 18 FEB 2022 (16H00) Road closure reported on Ballyclare Drive between Marico Avenue and Coleraine Drive. The road is expected to re-open at 21H30. The road is closed for maintenance. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 18 FEB 2022

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • AMANZIMTOTI – 18 FEB 2022 (14H45) Road closure reported on the N2 in Amanzimtoti. The road is closed due to a motor vehicle accident. Emergency services are on the scene. Recovery is in progress.
  • PONGOLA – 18 FEB 2022 (17H00) UPDATE The N2 between Piet Retief and Pongola has been re-opened to traffic. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.  (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.
  • PIETERMARITZBURG – 18 FEB 2022 (17H10) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (12H40) Protest reported outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court. Members of the KwaNyavu tribe are protesting to demand their Chief be reinstated. This follows after former Chief Sikhosipho Mdluli was removed from the chieftaincy in December 2020 by Premier Sihle Zikalala. The demonstrators have barricaded the area. The Mdluli family filed a case in court against Zikalala. The demonstrators are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are on the scene

 

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 18 FEB 2022

  • PHALABORWA – 18 FEB 2022 (07H50) Police have announced that 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

  • 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.
  • NELSPRUIT/MBOMBELA – 18 FEB 2022 (17H20) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed outside the Lowveld College of Agriculture. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the situation. (10H05) Protest reported at the Lowveld College of Agriculture in the vicinity of the University of Mpumalanga. 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 – 18 FEB 2022

  • MAHIKENG – 18 FEB 2022 (12H50) Premier Bushy Mape has announced that Noordwes Koöperasie (NWK) is expected to assist the province in fulfilling its service delivery obligations. Mape added that several mining giants have agreed to provide engineering expertise and project management skills to expedite the expansion of the Brits Water Treatment Works falling under the Madibeng Local Municipality. Mape stated infrastructure remains a priority to the Provincial Government’s plan for the next few years and has set aside R14 billion on infrastructure during the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) of 2022/23 and 2023/24. The money will be divided amongst the construction and maintenance of new schools, rehabilitation of health facilities, and the improvement of road conditions.

 

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 – 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.
  • CAPE TOWN – 18 FEB 2022 (13H30) Protest reported on Anzio Road at the NetCare University of Cape Town Academic Hospital in Observatory. Students are protesting as they cannot register due to fee blocks. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene

 

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.
  • PORT ELIZABETH/ GQEBERHA: Protest expected in Eastern Cape from Monday, 21 February 2022. Taxi operators will embark on an industrial strike.
  • 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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February 18