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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 23 MAR 2022 (10H00)
SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 23 MAR 2022
- PORT ELIZABETH/GQEBERHA – 23 MAR 2022 (09H10) The Nelson Mandela Bay has announced a 24-hour shutdown of the Nooitgedagt Water Treatment Works to perform the final connection of the new Phase 3 upgrade on Tuesday, 29 March 2022. The shutdown will allow the contractor on-site to connect the new Phase 3 section into the existing Nooitgedagt Water Treatment and Transfer system. The following areas will be affected, Rowallan Park, Francis Evatt Park, Hunters Retreat, Bay West, Parsonsvlei / Westbrook, Morningside, Kabega Park, Sherwood, Westering, Cotswold, Helenvale, Malabar, Parts of Schauderville, Framesby, Sunridge Park, Parts of Lorraine, Parts of Theescombe, Kamma Park, Motherwell, Colchester, Coega IDZ, Nothern areas, and Kariega. The Municipality stated that updates will be provided to the public as the situation progresses.
- MTHATHA – 23 MAR 2022 (09H30) Protest reported on the N2 between Mthatha Shell Ultra City and the Walter Sisulu University (WSU). 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 – FREE STATE – 23 MAR 2022
- BLOEMFONTEIN – 22 MAR 2022 (21H00) The Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality is supplying water tankers to areas in Bloemfontein affected by recent water supply interruptions. Mangaung’s Mayor, Mxolisi Siyonzana, stated that he is engaging with Bloem Water’s board to remedy the situation. The water board is still busy with emergency repairs at the Welbedacht Dam. Affected suburbs include Lourierpark, Pellissier, Bayswater, Pentagon Park, Heuwelsig, Westdene and parts of the city’s central business district (CBD).
SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 23 MAR 2022
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 22 MAR 2022 (20H25) UPDATE President Ramaphosa stated that the national state of disaster will be lifted as soon as the draft regulations are finalised. The Department of Health has published new regulations under the National Health Act, which will effectively act as a long-term replacement to South Africa’s state of disaster COVID-19 regulations. Lockdown level one has been adjusted effective from 00H00 Wednesday, 23 March 2022. Indoor and outdoor venues can now take up to 50% of its capacity. This will only be done with either proof of vaccination or a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test not older than 72 hours. If there is no way for this provision, the current restriction will remain. After tears and night vigils are still not allowed. Masks are no longer required outdoors. However, masks are required indoors, including offices, malls, taxis, busses or any other indoor place. Masks when working on the streets, jogging, or outdoor gathering are no longer required. Travellers entering South Africa will either need to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours. If a traveller wants to be vaccinated in South Africa, they will be offered one. (20H00) President Cyril Ramaphosa has begun to address the nation. (17H55) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation at 20H00 today, 22 March 2022. President Cyril will discuss the developments in South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 22 MAR 2022 (22H00) The Master of High Court in Pretoria has announced that the office will not be accessible from Wednesday, 23 March 2022. The building will be closed until further notice due to rent-related disputes. Reports indicate disputes between the landlord of the building and the Department of Justice. The Chairman of the Pretoria Lawyers Association (PPV), Tian Jourbet, precautions that the closure is expected to heighten administrative matters, including expenses that need approval from the master and legal proceedings.
- CENTURION – 22 MAR 2022 (23H15) The African Development Bank Group President Akinwumi A Adesina has arrived in the country for his three-day official visit. Adesina is expected to meet Cyril Ramaphosa and various Government and industry leaders. The leaders will discuss essential global and regional concerns, including the African Development Bank Group’s development agenda and South Africa’s potential for increased trade and investment with the rest of Africa.
- SOWETO – 23 MAR 2022 (06H00) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is expected to accompany Victor Ramerafe, who is expected to open a case against Operation Dudula leader Nhlanhla Lux today, 23 March 2022, at the Dobsonville Police Station at 11H00. Ramerafe will open against Lux for allegedly breaking and entering into his residence and assault.
- SOWETO – 23 MAR 2022 (08H40) Protest expected by Operation Dudula today, 23 March 2022, at the Dobsonville Police Station from 09H00. The members are expected to protest ahead of the EFF support with Victor Ramafe, who is expected to open a case against Nhlanhla Lux. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the area.
SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 23 MAR 2022
- DURBAN – 22 MAR 2022 (20H00) Police have launched an investigation into the murder of a bus driver. This follows after a suspect boarded the bus, stole the driver’s cellphone, and then shot him before fleeing the scene. Police are yet to make an arrest.
- PIETERMARITZBURG – 22 MAR 2022 (23H40) The KwaZulu-Natal ActionSA’s Executive Committee has announced that it is the process of appointing a candidate to contest for the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) Chairperson. This follows a meeting of the party senate, whereafter Makhosi Khoza’s membership has been terminated. ActionSA national chairperson Michael Beaumont stated that Khoza seized to be a member of the party. The charges against Khoza included bringing the party into disrepute, deliberately acting in a way that negatively impacted the party, and acting in a manner that caused disunity in the party.
SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 23 MAR 2022
- POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG – 22 MAR 2022 (20H45) Temporary Statistics South Africa (SSA) employees with the African Transformation Movement (ATM) have protested at the SSA offices in Polokwane today, 22 March 2022. The employees are protesting due to the non-payment of their salaries. Head of SSA in Limpopo, Nthambeleni Mukwevho, stated that they have met with their employees and listened to their grievances, adding that some have been as a result of human error from both the employer and employee.
SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 23 MAR 2022
- KRIEL – 23 MAR 2022 (06H45) UPDATE Police have dispersed the demonstrations. The road has been reopened for traffic flow. The situation remains volatile. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. (06H30) Protest reported on the R547 in the vicinity of Thubelihle Waste Water Treatment Plant. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 23 MAR 2022
- SWARTRUGGENS – 22 MAR 2022 (19H00) Road closure reported on the N4 between Swartruggens plaza and town. The road is closed due to a truck that lost its load. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Emergency services are on the scene. Recovery is in progress.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 23 MAR 2022
- KIMBERLEY – 23 MAR 2022 (07H45) The Oceans Not Oil (ONO) has called on Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) to submit their appeals following the authorisation of a proposed seismic exploration by Tosaco Energy in the province. ONO is expected to submit an appeal on Wednesday, 06 April 2022, to the Department of Mineral Resources and Minerals against the environmental authorisation for both 2D and 3D offshore seismic activity in Block 1, located offshore extending from Alexander Bay to around Hondeklip Bay.
SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 23 MAR 2022
- CAPE TOWN – 22 MAR 2022 (19H00) Protest reported on the R300 at the N2 off-ramp in Philippi. Demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. Community members are protesting due to poor service delivery. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
- GEORGE – 22 MAR 2022 (22H15) A Police Captain, Mzoli Crosby Mtabati, appeared in the Thembalethu Magistrates Court for allegedly tampering with evidence in connection with a business robbery on 31 January 2022. This follows a search-and-seizure operation at Mtabati’s office. The Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation team arrested the suspect after discovering that he had removed evidence from the scene. Matabati has been released on R1,000 bail. The matter has been postponed to 25 April 2022 for further investigation.
- CAPE TOWN – 23 MAR 2022 (05H30) Stones and debris reported on the R300 towards the N2 due to recent protests. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are monitoring the area.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 23 MAR 2022
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: The Presidency has announced that the 4th South African Investment Conference is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 24 March 2022.
- BLOEMFONTEIN: Protest expected by the members of the Mangaung Service Delivery Forum (MSDF) on Thursday, 24 March 2022, until Friday, 25 March 2022.
- CAPE TOWN: Peaceful protest expected outside the Parliament building in Cape Town from 12H00 until 15H00 on Friday, 25 March 2022.
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: Protest expected at the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) office on Friday, 25 March 2022 at 12H00 by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
- 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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