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

March 18

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 18 MAR 2022

  • MDANTSANE – 18 MAR 2022 (06H40) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is expected to host a political rally outside the Mdantsane City Mall and other locations within the Buffalo City Metro Region from 09H30 today, 18 March 2022. The rally coincides with the EFF’s one million membership campaign. EFF party members are also set to gather at the Kwa Bholweni Taxi Rank in Eqonce and the Spar Shopping Centre opposite Ebenezer High School in the East London sub-region. Members of the public are advised to exercise caution when travelling within affected areas. Ground travel disruptions are expected.
  • FLAGSTAFF – 18 MAR 2022 (13H00) The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has announced that voter registration will be held on Saturday, 19 March 2022 and Sunday, 20 March 2022, for four municipal ward by-elections from 08H00 to 17H00. The IEC has stated that the by-elections are expected to take place on Wednesday, 04 May 2022. In the Eastern Cape, the by-elections will be held in Ward 11 Ntabankulu and Ward 20 in Nelson Mandela Bay. Meanwhile, by-elections will be held in Gauteng in the City of Tshwane Ward 96, which became vacant as a result of a resignation of a councillor. Meanwhile, the IEC said the African National Congress (ANC) retained three seats, and the African Unified Congress (AUM) won one seat during the by-elections contested in the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 18 MAR 2022

  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 18 MAR 2022 (14H20) Five students are expected to appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court today, 18 March 2022, following a protest at the Central University of Technology (CUT) Free State on Thursday, 17 March 2022. Four of the students have been arrested for public violence, for blocking the main entrance of the university with burning tyres. The students demonstrated their dissatisfaction with the management of the institution. The fifth suspect was arrested for breaking into the university and allegedly setting fire to the storeroom. The student faces charges of burglary at business premises and arson.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 18 MAR 2022

  • JOHANNESBURG – 18 MAR 2022 (04H00) The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) has confirmed the arrests of three suspects on allegations of contravening the Immigration Act and human trafficking in Hillbrow, Johannesburg. JMPD officers reportedly received information regarding suspects involved in smuggling undocumented foreign nationals into the country. An intelligence-driven operation had been launched, which led the officers to identify and halt a suspicious vehicle in King George Street. Upon searching the vehicle, officers identified two Zimbabweans and one Malawian transporting 34 illegal immigrants from Malawi. The suspects have been detained by Hillbrow Police and charged with human trafficking and contravention of the Immigration Act. The illegal immigrants have been handed over to the Home Affairs Immigration Unit for deportation. The detained suspects are expected to appear in the Hillbrow Magistrates Court in due course.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 18 MAR 2022 (05H10) The N4 Eastbound approaching the Watermeyer Street offramp in Brummeria, Pretoria, has been re-opened to traffic. This follows after the N4 had been closed in both directions due to a cash in transit (CIT) robbery yesterday, 17 March 2022. Authorities have stated that two lanes remain closed to traffic. Motorists are advised to exercise caution when approaching the scene.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 18 MAR 2022 (06H30) Protest expected by the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) members today, 18 March 2022, at the Department of Military Veterans. The demonstrators are expected to gather at Hatfield Station from 10H00, and the Department. The demonstrators are expected to protest against the inadequacies of the database verification of the MKMVA members. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the protest.
  • PRETORIA/ TSHWANE – 18 MAR 2022 (06H45) 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, today, 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.
  • PRETORIA/ TSHWANE – 18 MAR 2022 (08H40) Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane will engage with her lawyers today, 18 March 2022, after President Cyril Ramaphosa gave her ten days to explain why he should not suspend her in terms of Section 194 of the Constitution. The Speaker of the National Assembly Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has further informed the President about the National Assembly’s intention to resume impeachment proceedings against Mkhwebane following the recent Constitutional Court ruling, which has allowed the proceedings to continue. This comes after the Constitution called on Ramaphosa to suspend Mkhwebane after the start of the proceedings, pending the outcome of the process.
  • PRETORIA/ TSHWANE – 18 MAR 2022 (09H50) The City of Tshwane Bus Service (TBS) has suspended operational services in Olievenhoutbosch due to protest actions until further notice. This comes after a protest had been held in the Olievenhoutbosch area by community members who had set alight a Tshwane Metro Police Department vehicle on Thursday evening, 17 March 2022. The TBS management has stated that updates will be provided to the public after the afternoon operations.
  • ROODEPOORT – 18 MAR 2022 (11H45) The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) has suspended operations at the University of South Africa’s Roodepoort campus after a wage dispute. NEHAWU members at UNISA have vowed to continue to protest until there is a resolution to the wage impasse as negotiations continue. This announcement comes after the union at UNISA disrupted a graduation ceremony at the institution, causing graduations to be suspended.
  • KRUGERSDORP – 18 MAR 2022 (14H30) Road closure reported on Chamdor Road at the R24/ Main Reef Road intersection. The road is closed due to maintenance. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 18 MAR 2022 (15H30) Anglo American announced an agreement with the Anglo and Electricite de France (EDF) to target carbon neutrality at its mining operations. The companies have agreed to jointly develop on-site and off-site solar and wind farms with 3,000 to 5,000 megawatts of production capacity over the next decade. The companies also intend to establish storage facilities and help bolster local manufacturing.
  • SANDTON – 18 MAR 2022 (15H50) Road closure reported on Bryanston Drive in the Bryanston area. The road is closed due to a motor vehicle accident. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Emergency services are on the scene. Recovery is in progress.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 18 MAR 2022 (17H30) The High Court in Pretoria, Judge Colleen Collis, found that the region worst affected by air pollution is in breach of residents’ constitutional right to an environment that is not harmful to their health and wellbeing. Judge Collis ordered Environmental Affairs Minister Barbara Creecy to implement and enforce the Highveld Priority Area (HPA) Air Quality Management Plan within 12 months. Judge Collis stated that adequate financial support, resources and human resource capacity must be made available to address the pollution issue. This follows after activists from the groundWork Trust and Vukani Environmental Movement (VEM), represented by the Centre for Environmental Rights, had approached the court in 2019 to stop the high pollution levels in the Highveld Priority Area.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 18 MAR 2022

  • DURBAN – 18 MAR 2022 (07H15) Protest expected in Durban at the King Dinizulu Park, today, 18 March 2022 at 10H00 held by the Environmental conservation organisation, Youth for Marine Protected Areas (Y4MPAs). The demonstrators are expected to protest against Shell’s seismic surveys along the Wild Coast and urge the Government to support the 30×30 goal. The demonstrators will gather at the King Dinizulu Park and march to the City Hall in Durban Central. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police will be deployed to the scene.
  • PUMALANGA – 18 MAR 2022 (11H50) UPDATE The Pongola to Louwsburg Road, R69 has been opened to traffic. Traffic officers are on the scene. Clean up efforts are underway. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.  (07H10) Protest reported on the R69 Louwsburg Northern Natal near Vaalbank. The demonstrators have reportedly closed the road to traffic. Police are on the scene.(06H35) Protest reported on the R66 between Ulundi and Nongoma. Demonstrators are burning tyres and debris. Reports indicate that a truck had been torched by the demonstrators. Police have been dispatched to the scene. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route.
  • DURBAN – 18 MAR 2022 (13H45) Protest reported at Pailpac, a plastics manufacturing company, on Lanner Road in Pinetown by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA). Demonstrators are protesting against the changed shift system and the reduced salaries. The company management implemented the changes without consulting workers. The NUMSA Regional Secretary, Mbuso Ngubane is addressing workers. This is an indefinite strike until management meets NUMSA’s demands. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.
  • DURBAN – 18 MAR 2022 (17H10) The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) stands in solidarity with the Abahlalibase Mjondolo movement, calling for justice for Ayanda Ngila. Ngila was assassinated by a group of suspects on 08 March 2022. The suspects are known for intimidating the commune of eKhenana. NUMSA is calling on Police to arrest the suspects responsible for Ngila’s murder and the National Prosecuting Authority to prosecute.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 18 MAR 2022

  • GA-MOTHIBA – 18 MAR 2022 (09H00) The Polokwane Municipality has announced that street lights along the R71 have been affected due to suspected theft of scale cable. Municipal Communications and Marketing Manager Matshidiso Mothapo has stated that the streetlights from the Nobody area, including towards Boyne are affected. Mothapo has advised the residents within the area to exercise caution. More updates will be provided to the public as the situation progresses.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 18 MAR 2022

  • MBOMBELA// NELSPRUIT – 18 MAR 2022 (09H40) The suspect, who has allegedly torched the African National Congress (ANC) offices in Mpumalanga, is expected to appear before the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court today, 18 March 2022. The suspect has been charged with arson for allegedly petrol-bombing the office on Thursday, 17 March 2022.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 18 MAR 2022

  • MAKWASSIE – 18 MAR 2022 (07H50) Protest reported on the R505/ R502 in Makwassie. Community members are protesting against the road infrastructure in the area. The community has accused the Government of failing to provide good service delivery. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police will be deployed to the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 18 MAR 2022

  • KIMBERLEY – 18 MAR 2022 (16H10) Parents of learners at Homevale High School and Emmanuel Intermediate School in Kimberley have raised concerns about the shortage of teachers. Northern Cape Department of Education Spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe stated that the district office intervened to attend to the parents’ grievances. The Department has appointed two additional educators at Homevale High School, and additional educators will be appointed soon.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 18 MAR 2022

  • CAPE TOWN – 18 MAR 2022 (07H00) Protest expected in Cape Town at the Green Point Stadium on Sunday, 20 March 2022 at 10H00 held by the Environmental conservation organisation, Youth for Marine Protected Areas (Y4MPAs). The demonstrators are expected to protest against Shell’s seismic surveys along the Wild Coast and urge the Government to support the 30×30 goal. The demonstrators will be marching to the Grande Parade Town Square Centre. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police will be deployed to the scene.
  • CAPE TOWN – 18 MAR 2022 (10H30) The former President of the Republic of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, is expected to embark on a two-day visit to Western Cape from Sunday, 20 March 2022. During the visit, Mbeki will be hosting an African National Congress (ANC) two-day program held under the theme of The Year of Unity and Renewal to defend and advance South Africa’s Democratic gains. The event will be held on 20 March 2022 and 21 March 2022 from 09H00 until 17H30 at the Community House. Members of the interim provincial committee (IPC), National Executive Committee (NEC) Deployees and other political officials will be attending the programme.
  • NYANGA – 18 MAR 2022 (14H40) UPDATE The N2 at Borcherds Quarry has been re-opened to traffic. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the situation. (10H40) Five vehicles have been set alight during the ongoing protest action in Nyanga. Reports indicate that the unrest occurred following a law enforcement operation held on Thursday, 17 March 2022,  to search for a taxi driver and owner who escaped from custody during an attack at the Philippi East Police station. The City of Cape Town Traffic Spokesperson Richard Coleman has stated that the council’s LDV was set alight at the intersection of Klipfontein and Borcherds Quarry. Golden Arrow has further suspended operations in the Nyanga due to the attacks carried out on their busses. Police are on the scene and monitoring the situation.  (08H30) Road closure reported on the N2 inbound to Borchards Quarry. Demonstrators have set several vehicles alight, including an Eskom company vehicle. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. (09H15) Reports indicate that alleged Nyanga Taxi operators are protesting against the Golden Arrow Bus operators who carry out routes in the area. All busses by the Golden Arrow Company are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene.  (08H30) Protest reported at the Nyanga Taxi Rank. Demonstrators are burning tyres and debris. Reports indicate that the council truck has been set alight at Gugulethu Rank. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are on the scene.
  • CAPE TOWN – 18 MAR 2022 (14H50) Eskom announced the suspension of all services in areas affected by taxi violence today, 18 March 2022. Areas affected include Boystown, Crossroads, Luzuko, Mandalay, Marcus Garvey and Philippi. This will delay electricity restoration efforts, and consumers may experience prolonged durations without electricity. Taxi violence in parts of the Cape Flats is posing a threat to the safety of Eskom staff travelling in Eskom branded vehicles.
  • CAPE TOWN – 18 MAR 2022 (15H00) Looting reported on Strandfontein Road/ M17 in Glen View. People are looting a South African Breweries truck involved in a heavy motor vehicle accident. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Authorities have been dispatched to the scene.
  • NKQUBELA – 18 MAR 2022 (15H20) UPDATE Public Order Police officers have restored clam in Nkqubela informal settlement. Several people have been injured, and informal residences have been damaged by fire. The public is advised to remain vigilant. (11H00) Clashes reported in Nkqubela in Robertson between Lesotho and Zimbabwean nationals. Reports indicate that the nationals are in dispute over jobs within the community. Community leaders are currently addressing the community. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.
  • CAPE TOWN – 18 MAR 2022 (18H00) Community members have been protesting against the closure of the Plumstead Library. The library is expected to close in June 2023. However, residents have requested the City of Cape Town move the library to another location in the area. The City is closing the library due to a decline in revenue as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • CAPE TOWN – 18 MAR 2022 (18H30) UPDATE The R27/ West Coast Road between the Darling and Langebaan exits has been re-opened to traffic. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.  (16H20) Road closure reported on the R27/ West Coast Road between the Darling and Langebaan exits. The road is closed due to a heavy motor vehicle accident. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Emergency services are on the scene. Recovery is in progress.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 18 MAR 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.
  • CAPE TOWN: Protest expected in Cape Town at the Green Point Stadium on Sunday, 20 March 2022 at 10H00 held by the Environmental conservation organisation, Youth for Marine Protected Areas (Y4MPAs).
  • 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.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA:  The Presidency has announced that the 4th South African Investment Conference is scheduled to take place on 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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