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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 22 FEB 2022 (10H00)
SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 22 FEB 2022
- GQEBERHA/ PORT ELIZABETH – 21 FEB 2022 (22H20) Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality City officials have requested residents to implement precautionary measures prior to the consumption of water due to water quality concerns until further notice. This follows a statement released by City officials announcing that recent water quality test results have indicated that water quality has deteriorated, with certain microbiological limits exceeded. The statement further indicates that the water is expected to present a risk to human health if ingested. The reduction in water quality has been attributed to recently registered low dam levels and fluctuating reservoir levels. The Municipality has further stated that the matter is receiving urgent attention. An emergency meeting has reportedly been scheduled with the water services and the environmental health departments to develop a turnaround strategy.
SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 22 FEB 2022
- BLOEMFONTEIN – 22 FEB 2022 (06H00) The South African Students Congress (SASCO) at the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein has called on the institution to revisit recent decisions that have restricted students. These decisions include turning away students due to lack of space on campus, mandatory COVID-19 vaccination, which led to the arrest of three protesters at the institution on Friday, 18 February 2022, and the commencement of classes this Monday, 21 February 2022, following recent indications that there will be no further extension of registration. UFS SASCO stated that it supports the protesters who have been arrested on Friday and requested the University to reconsider their recent decisions of students who have been told that they cannot register due to the lack of space.
- BLOEMFONTEIN – 22 FEB 2022 (08H50) Suspended African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Ace Magashule and co-accused are expected to continue with their pre-trial in Bloemfontein Magistrates’ Court today, 22 February 2022. The accused are facing charges regarding the R255-million Free State asbestos roofing corruption case. Supporters are expected to protest outside the Bloemfontein High Court during the proceedings. A heightened security presence is reported.
SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 22 FEB 2022
- JOHANNESBURG – 21 FEB 2022 (19H45) Protest expected by members of the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) on Thursday, 24 February at the Wits University from 09H00. The demonstrators are expected to protest against the implementation of the Wits project. The demonstrators are expected to disperse from 12H00. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are aware of the protest.
- JOHANNESBURG – 21 FEB 2022 (19H50) Peaceful protest expected by the members of the Congress of Muslim Ummah movement on Friday, 25 February 2022, at the Consulate General Of India from 14H00. The demonstrators are expected to protest against Indians banning Muslim women. The demonstrators are expected to disperse from 16H00. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police will be deployed to monitor the situation.
- JOHANNESBURG – 21 FEB 2022 (21H00) UPDATE Police have confirmed eight fatalities following an exchange of fire on Friars Hill Road in the vicinity of The Hill, Johannesburg. In addition, four law enforcement officers have sustained injuries during the incident. The law enforcement officers have been transported to the South Rand Hospital for urgent medical treatment. Reports have indicated that the exchange of fire ensued after Police responded to a cash in transit (CIT) robbery in progress. However, the exact circumstances surrounding the incident are yet to be determined. (15H25) Shooting reported on Friars Hill Road in the vicinity of South Rand Hospital. Reports indicate that five unidentified suspects have fired gunshots towards the Police following a robbery at Saint Martin School. Three Police officers have been injured, and suspects have fled the scene. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 22 FEB 2022 (06H45) The National Energy Regulator (NERSA) is expected to make a decision by Friday, 25 February 2022, on the proposed electricity tariff increase to be implemented this year. This follows after Eskom has applied for an electricity price increase of 20.5% for its 2023 financial year, set to take effect from 01 April 2022.
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 22 FEB 2022 (07H50) Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo stated that work is underway to withdraw the National State of Disaster in line with the risk-adjusted strategy. Dlodlo stated that the Government is working to improve vaccination uptake to attain population immunity and continue to observe non-pharmaceutical health protocols. This will assist the Government in cautiously withdrawing the National State of Disaster.
- RANDBURG – 22 FEB 2022 (08H00) Road closure reported on Ontdekkers Road, between 7th Street and 9th Street in Delarey. 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.
- BOKSBURG – 22 FEB 2022 (09H45) Peaceful protest reported at the Birchwood Conference Centre on View Point Road. Members affiliated with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) Central Executive Committee (CEC) are protesting against retrenchments in the hospital sector. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are on the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 22 FEB 2022
- PIETERMARITZBURG – 21 FEB 2022 (20H00) Premier Sihle Zikalala is expected to deliver the State of the Province Address (SOPA) at the sitting of the Sixth Provincial Legislature on Thursday, 24 February 2022, at the Royal Show Grounds at 10H00.
- DURBAN – 21 FEB 2022 (21H50) Road closure reported on the Coedmore Road bridge over the N2 in the vicinity of Coedmore, Durban. The road has been closed as the area has been declared an active crime scene following a shooting incident on the single bridge. Emergency services and Durban Police are on the scene. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
- DURBAN – 22 FEB 2022 (06H25) Protest reported on M35 near the Muthwas petrol station in Isipingo. Demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. The road is closed to traffic. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
- SOVANE – 22 FEB 2022 (08H00) Road closure reported on the R66 at the Mkuze river bridge between Pongola and Nongoma. The road is closed due to flooding. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
- PIETERMARITZBURG – 22 FEB 2022 (09H00) The student leadership at the Durban University of Technology’s (DUT’s) Indumiso campus distanced themselves from the arson attack by several suspects on Monday, 21 February 2022. This follows after approximately ten suspects attacked a security guard from the pedestrian gate along Edendale Road. The suspects petrol bombed a guardhouse and nine vehicles. Police are continuing to investigate the matter. No arrests have been made.
SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 22 FEB 2022
- POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG – 22 FEB 2022 (00H20) The Limpopo Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs has called on members of the public to refrain from the illegal sale of Government Subsidy (RDP) houses. This follows a social media post advertising the sale of several RDP hoses in various parts of Seshego outside Polokwane. Department Spokesperson Hitekani Magwedze has stated that a policy in the Housing Amendment Act makes provision for an individual to sell an RDP house post-occupation for a fixed term of seven years.
SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 22 FEB 2022
- KANYAMAZANE – 22 FEB 2022 (07H20) The Mpumalanga Government is in the process of developing Nkosi City, the province’s first post-apartheid city, which will be located in the Pienaar area on the western border of the Kruger National Park. Construction on the R8-billion project is expected to start in June 2022. All Government approvals have already been obtained. Dovetail Properties Director Philip Kleijnhans stated that the development would take place through small-scale farming land parcels next to Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) houses, which will be integrated into the urban design from the outset. The farming projects will create jobs for unemployed women and young people. An estimated 15,000 jobs are expected to be created, with power to the new city partially supplied by a solar farm and a biomass renewable energy plant.
- VERENA – 22 FEB 2022 (09H20) The Mpumalanga Education Department officials are expected to assess the damage caused by a fire at Sekemisa Primary School in Verena today, 22 February 2022. This follows after a classroom at the school caught fire on Friday, 18 February 2022, at 19H00. The circumstances that caused the fire are unknown at this moment. However, the Police are investigating a case of arson.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 22 FEB 2022
- POTCHEFSTROOM – 22 FEB 2022 (08H30) The North West Health Member of Executive Council (MEC), Madoda Sambatha, has called on the communities in the JB Marks Local Municipality to remain calm while vigilant as there are no confirmed Typhoid cases in the area. However, The Department has confirmed that the Matlosana Sub-District has reported cases. In the Matlosana sub-district, 21 laboratory-confirmed cases of typhoid fever have been detected from November 2020 to February 2022.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 22 FEB 2022
- UPINGTON – 21 FEB 2022 (23H30) Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul is expected to deliver the State of the Province Address (SOPA) 2022 at the Mxolisi Dicky Jacobs Stadium in Upington on Thursday, 24 February 2022. Northern Cape Provincial Legislature Speaker Newrene Klaaste has stated that an estimated 1,000 people are expected to attend the address under strict COVID-19 protocols. Klaaste has noted that Premier Saul is expected to announce critical priorities of the provincial Government for 2022 ahead and report back to the community on previous commitments.
SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 22 FEB 2022
- CAPE TOWN – 21 FEB 2022 (19H25) The African National Congress (ANC) has announced that it has disbanded the Dullah Omar Region. The ANC provincial convener, Lerumo Kalako, stated that the Interim Provincial Committee (IPC) noted the slow progress in the Dullah Omar Region, which could not meet the required outcomes of the process as outlined in the December meeting. The IPC has mandated the Interim Provincial Working Committee (IPWC) to ensure that the region is prepared for its conference.
- CAPE TOWN – 21 FEB 2022 (20H35) The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, Patricia de Lille and the Head of Infrastructure South Africa (ISA), Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, are expected to brief the media on progress on various projects over the past year in the Infrastructure Investment Plan. The media brief is expected to take place on Tuesday, 22 February 20202 from 12H30 at the Imbizo Media Centre.
- CAPE TOWN – 21 FEB 2022 (22H10) The University of Cape Town (UCT) Council has announced the removal of the fee block prohibiting students from registering for the 2022 academic year. The announcement follows a special meeting convened by the Council amid several days of student protest action. Council Chairperson Babalwa Ngonyama has stated that cumulative fee debt at the UCT is currently estimated at R317,8 million. Ngonyama has also noted that the Council provides financial support annually to approximately 50% of undergraduate students and 35% of postgraduate students. For the 2021 academic year, the cumulative financial support amounted to approximately R1,7 billion. Therefore, the Council has agreed to suspend the block on certain qualifying students’ re-registration for the academic year.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 22 FEB 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.
- CAPE TOWN: Protest expected at the Parliament Building on 23 February 2022 at 10H00.
- CAPE TOWN: Protest expected by the members of the Green Connection on Thursday, 24 February 2022, at the Cape Town High Court from 09H00.
- UPINGTON: Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul is expected to deliver the State of the Province Address (SOPA) 2022 at the Mxolisi Dicky Jacobs Stadium in Upington on Thursday, 24 February 2022.
- JOHANNESBURG: Protest expected by members of the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) on Thursday, 24 February at the Wits University from 09H00.
- POTCHEFSTROOM: Peaceful protest expected at Cachet Park in Potchefstroom by North West University (NWU) students on Friday, 25 February 2022.
- JOHANNESBURG: Peaceful protest expected by the members of the Congress of Muslim Ummah movement on Friday, 25 February 2022, at the Consulate General Of India from 14H00.
- 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.
- SOWETO: Peaceful protest expected at the Orlando Stadium from 11H00 on 05 March 2022.
- JOHANNESBURG: Peaceful protest expected by members of Kopanang Africa Against Xenophobia movement on Monday, 21 March 2022, at the office of the Premier.
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