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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 21 JAN 2022 (10H00)
SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 21 JAN 2022
- GQEBERHA / PORT ELIZABETH – 21 FEB 2022 (03H30) The Central Energy Fund has launched a request for a proposal for the appointment of a gas aggregator partner to increase its capacity to trade in fuel. This follows after the Manager of South Africa’s energy assets recently stated that South Africa is seeking a partner to assist in efforts to trade gas in 2022, as the country develops supply chains and generation capacity for fossil fuels. The Government plans to add an estimated 2,100 megawatts (mW) of gas-generated electricity capacity at the Port of Ngqura, along with the construction of the Coega liquefied natural gas (LNG) Terminal Project. The state-owned gas trading entity is set to commence business in 2022 and be thoroughly independent within the following five years.
SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 21 JAN 2022
- BLOEMFONTEIN – 21 FEB 2022 (08H25) UPDATE Suspended ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule has arrived at the Bloemfontein Magistrates’ Court. The court proceedings have begun. (07H30) The Police have cordoned off the Bloemfontein Magistrates’ Court ahead of Magashule’s appearance. Carl Niehaus has arrived outside the court. Niehaus stated that the charges against Magashule is politically motivated and should be thrown out of court. (06H10) Suspended African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Ace Magashule and co-accused are expected to appear in the Bloemfontein High Court today, 21 February 2022 and Tuesday, 22 February 2022. Magashule has been arrested, charged and granted bail in November 2021 for his alleged involvement in the R255-million Free State asbestos roofing corruption case. A heightened security presence is expected at the court. Motorists are advised to be vigilant.
- ALLANRIDGE – 21 FEB 2022 (08H40) Road closure reported on the R30 outside Allanridge heading towards Bothaville. The road is closed due to construction. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 21 JAN 2022
- SOSHANGUVE – 21 FEB 2022 (06H25) The R15-million housing project in Soshanguve extension 19 has been delayed after the contractor experienced extortion by community members. The contractor has been coerced to pay a protection fee. Some of the structures are yet to be completed, and others are ready to be occupied. However, criminals have stolen kitchen sinks, bathtubs, doors, and some windows have been broken. Department Spokesperson Fred Mokoko stated that the project is still with the contractor and has not been handed over to the department. Mokoko stated that they expect the contractor to provide security and also rely on the Community Liaison Officer to work with community members to protect the project. The project is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2022.
- JOHANNESBURG – 21 FEB 2022 (07H45) Police have launched an investigation into a gas leak in Parktown, Johannesburg. Sixty people have been admitted to the hospital following a suspected gas leak on Sunday night, 20 February 2022. Paramedics have been called to a university residence, where students complained about shortness of breath. Of the 170 people who have been assessed, dozens have been taken to the hospital for further care and monitoring.
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 21 FEB 2022 (07H50) The Health Department has announced that South Africans older than 18 can combine their COVID-19 vaccine booster dose. Adults who have received one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be eligible to receive a booster dose of either the same vaccine or Pfizer after an interval of three months. The interval between the first and the second doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be reduced from 6 weeks to three weeks from Wednesday, 23 February 2022. In addition, three months after the second dose, a person is eligible for a booster inoculation instead of waiting six months.
- JOHANNESBURG – 21 FEB 2022 (08H20) Gauteng Premier David Makhura is expected to deliver the State of the Province Address (SOPA) at the Brixton Multipurpose Centre today, 21 February 2022, from 10H00.
- MONUMENT – 21 FEB 2022 (09H15) The Witwatersrand Basin gold project (WBP) has produced its first ore. The delivery of ore indicates the company progressed the development of the mine. The early works are expected to produce 5,000 t to 8,000 t of ore while Stage 1 of the larger project, Qala Shallows, will be building up to 53,000 oz/y while production from the overall WBP once in full production is targeting 95 000 oz/y. The Stage 1 operation is expected to have a mine life of 17 years.
SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 21 JAN 2022
- PIETERMARITZBURG – 21 FEB 2022 (01H30) Attack reported at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) Indumiso Campus this morning, 21 February 2022. Approximately ten suspects attacked a security guard from the pedestrian gate along Edendale Road. The suspects petrol bombed a guardhouse whilst the guard was inside. The security guard escaped and called the Protection Services offices. The suspects followed the guard and approached parking bays where they threw petrol bombs, and nine vehicles caught fire. The suspects fled the scene. Police are investigating the matter. The public is advised to be vigilant.
- MKHWAKWENI – 21 FEB 2022 (08H00) Road closure reported on the N2 between Pongola and Piet Retief at Mkhwakweni. 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.
- IQADIA – 21 FEB 2022 (09H30) Protest reported on Oakford Road heading towards Osindisweni hospital in Iqadia. Demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 21 JAN 2022
- THOHOYANDOU – 21 FEB 2022 (08H50) The bail application of one of the three accused who allegedly murdered two South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) leaders in Limpopo three years ago will resume in the Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court today, 21 February 2022. The three suspects allegedly shot and killed Timson Musetsho and Ronald Mani, in two separate incidents in Thohoyandou. The other two accused abandoned their bail application.
SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 21 JAN 2022
- MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT – 21 FEB 2022 (06H00) The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is expected to conduct a Military Parade in Mbombela, Mpumalanga today, 21 February 2022. The parade follows in commemoration of the Annual Armed Forces Day Parade 2022. Motorists are advised that several road closures are expected for the duration of the event. The roads that are set to be closed include the corner of Bafana Bafana and Halls onto the R104/N4, the corner of Matsafeni Road and Samora Machel Drive, the P116, corner of Granite Street and Samora Machel Drive, the Ilanga off-ramp from the R104, Penny Gum and R104, Old Pretoria Road and Kaapschehoop Road, the main entrance to the Mpumalanga High Court on the R104, and the vehicle crossing at Spar on the R104 Southern Gate entrance, among other roads in the area. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes during the road closures.
- BARBERTON – 21 FEB 2022 (06H00) The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is expected to conduct a Military Parade in Barberton, Mpumalanga, from 07H00 until 10H00 today, 21 February 2022. The parade follows in commemoration of the Annual Armed Forces Day Parade 2022. Motorists are advised that several road closures are expected for the duration of the event. The roads that are set to be closed include De Villiers Street between the Barberton South African Police Service (SAPS) offices and Galito’s. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes during the road closure period.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 21 JAN 2022
- POTCHEFSTROOM – 21 FEB 2022 (03H15) Peaceful protest expected at Cachet Park in Potchefstroom by North West University (NWU) students on Friday, 25 February 2022. NWU students are expected to conduct a march to protest against the University’s mandatory vaccination policy. Motorists are advised to exercise caution when travelling in the area during the protest action. Authorities are expected to be deployed to monitor the event.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 21 JAN 2022
- KATHU – 21 FEB 2022 (06H45) Protest reported on the R380 at PI Mitton between Kathu and Deben. Demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. Previously, community members protested due to unemployment and service delivery in the area. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 21 JAN 2022
- OUDTSHOORN – 21 FEB 2022 (07H00) Nine suspects, including employees from the Oudtshoorn Traffic Department, are expected to appear at the Oudtshoorn Magistrates’ court today, 21 February. This follows after the Police arrested the suspects for allegedly issuing fraudulent driver’s licences. The arrests stem from covert operations done over a period of time. The accused all form part of an organized syndicate whereby learner or driver’s licences have been issued to applicants in return for gratification, using a local driving school. The Police have seized a Mercedes 14 ton truck, a sedan motor vehicle, cell phones, computer equipment and an undisclosed amount of money directly linked to the illicit transactions.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 21 JAN 2022
- 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.
- POTCHEFSTROOM: Peaceful protest expected at Cachet Park in Potchefstroom by North West University (NWU) students on Friday, 25 February 2022.
- 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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