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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 24 FEB 2022 (19H00)

February 24

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 24 FEB 2022

  • PORT ELIZABETH/ GQEBERHA – 24 FEB 2022 (09H00) Protest reported on Westbourne Road near Russel Road at the Tshwane North Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College. Students are barricading the entrance of the College with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 24 FEB 2022

  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 24 FEB 2022 (01H00) The Mangaung Metro Municipality has issued a notice to Department Heads informing them that Manguang municipal workers are not expected to receive salaries during the month of February 2022. The announcement is expected to lead to service delivery related issues within the municipal area. The reason for the withholding of remunerations is reportedly due to the continued vacancy of the Municipal Manager position. The Manager is required to provide the final approval for the disbursement of salaries. This follows a South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) decision to refrain from any further operations pending the payment of wages on 24 February 2022. The Metro has reportedly called on the Speaker to promptly appoint a City Manager.
  • WELKOM – 24 FEB 2022 (15H00) Protest reported at the Matjhabeng Municipality. Employees of the Water maintenance department are protesting due to labour-related matters. The demonstrators have barricaded the Municipal offices. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 24 FEB 2022

  • BENONI – 24 FEB 2022 (02H30) Protest expected at the Daveyton Customer Care Centre (CCC) in Daveyton, Benoni, on Thursday, 24 February 2022. Community members from Ward 96 in Mayfield are expected to embark on a march from Mayfield Park to the Daveyton CCC to raise concerns regarding the lack of accessible Police stations, land title deeds, as well as poor roads and stormwater drainage infrastructure. Participants are set to depart Mayfield Park at 07H30. Authorities are expected to be deployed to monitor the event. Motorists are advised to avoid the affected area for the duration of the protest action.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 24 FEB 2022 (07H30) Protest expected by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) on Wednesday, 02 March 2022, from 10H00 at the United States of America (USA) Embassy. NEHAWU is expected to lead an international campaign against the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) aggression. The campaign is against the anti-Russia provocations of NATO in Ukraine and in support of the people of Latin America, specifically in Venezuela, Brazil and Cuba, as well as against the USA Government for promoting and interfering in conflicts and aggression in these countries. It is also a campaign for the democratisation of eSwatini, against the killing, imprisonment and oppression of eSwatini nationals by the Tinkundla regime.
  • VEREENIGING – 24 FEB 2022 (09H30) Kidnapping reported at Fred’s Hardware in Vereeniging. Approximately four suspects kidnapped the business owner, Zaheer, outside the hardware store. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are investigating the matter.
  • CENTURION – 24 FEB 2022 (09H45) Protest reported at Centurion License Service Department on Nellmapuis Drive in Irene. Demonstrators are protesting against the online booking system. Demonstrators have blocked the driving school entrances with vehicles. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are on the scene.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 24 FEB 2022 (10H00) Protest reported at Waltloo Licensing Center on Petroleum Street in Silverton. Demonstrators are protesting against the online booking system. Demonstrators have blocked the driving school entrances with vehicles. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are on the scene.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 24 FEB 2022 (10H30) UPDATE Demonstrators have begun protesting at the Wits University. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene.  (06H10) Protest expected by members of the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) today, 24 February, at the Wits University from 09H00. The demonstrators will be protesting 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.
  • MEYERTON – 24 FEB 2022 (12H00) Protest reported at the Midvaal Licensing Department on Galloway Street in Midvaal. Demonstrators are protesting against the online booking system. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are on the scene.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 24 FEB 2022 (12H00) Protest reported on the N1 near the Proefplaas Interchange. The local driving school is protesting against the electronic national administration traffic information system (NaTIS). Demonstrators are driving in convoy on the N1. The road has been cleared. A traffic delay is reported in the vicinity of Atterbury road. Motorists are advised to be vigilant.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 24 FEB 2022 (12H45) Roadworks reported on the N1 at Proefplaas Interchange. The right lane is closed in both directions for road maintenance today, 24 February 2022. Motorists are advised to be vigilant.
  • RAYTON – 24 FEB 2022 (12H50) UPDATE Demonstrators are protesting against the online booking system. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.  (08H30) Protest reported on Nolte Street at Rayton Vehicle Test Centre. Demonstrators are barricading the entrance to the centre with burning tyres are debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police are on the scene.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 24 FEB 2022 (13H50) Protest expected by the members affiliated National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) on Friday, 25 February 2022 at the  United States (US) Consulate at 13H30. The demonstrators are expected to disperse from 15H00. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to the area.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 24 FEB 2022 (14H10) The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa PRASA) has been granted a commercial license by the Railway Safety Regulator to run its new electric trains on the Saulsville line. The new trains will now run on both peak and off-peak hours. PRASA experienced massive infrastructure vandalism during the COVID-19 pandemic as criminals stole railroad tracks in Gauteng and other areas. PRASA stated that it has taken a phased-in corridor approach in the recovery of the services and will announce the details of the recovery plan for the 2022/23 financial year soon.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 24 FEB 2022 (15H10) UPDATE Road closure reported at Charlswald Lifestyle Centre and the R101 in Randjespark due to ongoing protest. (14H40) Police are firing rubber bullets in an attempt to disperse demonstrators. The situation is volatile. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. (12H50) Protest reported on the N1 in Randjespark. The driving school is protesting against the electronic national administration traffic information system (NaTIS). Demonstrators are driving in convoy on the N1. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 24 FEB 2022 (15H30) Protest reported outside the Union Building. Police reserves from North West,  Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, and the Western Cape are protesting to demand permanent employment. The demonstrators have blockaded the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 24 FEB 2022 (16H00) Protest expected by the members affiliated with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) on Friday, 25 February 2022, at the Department of Transport. NUMSA members are expected to gather at the Old Putco Park in Marabastad from 09H00 and march to the Department of Transport. The demonstrators are expected to protest against the sexual harassment of employees and labour related matters. The demonstrators demand an intervention at the North West Star bus company. NUMSA members are also expected to hand over a memorandum of demand at 11H30 at the Department. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the area.
  • MIDRAND – 24 FEB 2022 (17H00) Protest reported on Bekker Road in Waterfall Park. Members of the National Driving School Association of South Africa (NDSASA) are protesting against the electronic national administration traffic information system (NaTIS). The demonstrators have barricaded the road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 24 FEB 2022 (17H15) The Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) has ordered Massmart to pay back monies to South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (SACCAWU) members and employees that were on strike. This follows after the CCMA found Massmart to have committed unfair labour practices and breached the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. Massmart has also been ordered to reverse the leave days taken from employees and pay monies owed to them by Wednesday, 27 April 2022.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 24 FEB 2022 (17H40) Protest reported outside the Milpark Hospital. Members of the United Eswatini Diaspora have barricaded the entrance of the Hospital to prevent the Eswatini Minister of Economic Planning and Development, Prince Sihlangusemphi Dlamini, from entering the Hospital. The prince is being transferred to the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 24 FEB 2022 (18H40) The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has approved a 9.6% tariff increase for Eskom. The National Energy Regulator’s Chairperson, Nhlanhla Gumede, stated that the figure constitutes a 3.49% increase for the 2022/23 year, alongside legacy costs from previous years. Gumede added that the increase was decided to balance the interests of the economy, consumers, and the utility. The price hikes will take the average electricity tariff in the country from just over R1.33 per kilowatt-hour kWh to around R1.46. The increase will take effect from 01 April 2022 for Eskom customers, and the increase that municipal customers will take effect from 01 July 2022.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 24 FEB 2022

  • RICHARDS BAY – 24 FEB 2022 (06H30) Protest reported on the R619 in the vicinity of uMhlathuze Municipality. Demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
  • DURBAN – 24 FEB 2022 (08H15) The Durban University of Technology’s (DUT) management is expected to meet with protesting students today, 24 February 2022. Students have been protesting against the mandatory vaccination policy and accommodation. The University stated that the vaccination policy offers three options to staff, students and visitors. This allows students to continue with their studies without being vaccinated. DUT confirmed that registered students had been allocated accommodation. However, criminals vandalised the Corlo Court office this week. Students with outstanding documentation have not yet been allocated spaces. However, they have been provided temporary accommodation.
  • PIETERMARITZBURG – 24 FEB 2022 (10H45) UPDATE Premier Sihle Zikalala has arrived at the showgrounds for the SOPA. The event has started before the arrival of King Misuzulu kaZwelithini. The event has been delayed as the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is demanding answers to why the King is not present at the event.  (07H00) Premier Sihle Zikalala is expected to deliver the State of the Province Address (SOPA) today, 24 February 2022, at 10H00. The event will be held at the Royal Show Grounds in Pietermaritzburg. It is expected to cover key development plans for the year ahead.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 24 FEB 2022

  • BURGERSFORT – 24 FEB 2022 (06H45) Amnesty International and Sekhukhune Combined Mining Affected Communities (SMAC) has released a research report indicating that mining companies in Limpopo are not fully complying with laws to uplift local communities. It focussed on three companies, Twickenham Platinum Mine, Marula Platinum Mine and Sefateng Chrome Mine, and their compliance with legal obligations to submit and implement Social and Labour Plans (SLPs). The research was done between October 2020 and July 2021 in the Sekhukhune region, which has an unemployment rate of 47%. The report highlighted the failure by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy to monitor compliance. SMAC recommended that the state develop a plan that ensures proper compliance, including penalties for the mining companies.
  • MUSINA – 24 FEB 2022 (08H45) Four suspects are expected to appear in the Musina Magistrate’s Court today, 24 February 2022. This follows after an exchange of fire with the Police this week. The suspects attempted to commit a robbery. One suspect and one civilian have been shot and killed during the incident.
  • POLOKWANE/PIETERSBURG – 24 FEB 2022 (16H30) Premier Stan Mathabatha has announced that the Provincial Government has embarked on developing an underground mine through a partnership between Corridor Mining Resources and Sefateng Chrome Mine. Mathabatha stated that once the project has reached its operational stage, the mine is expected to produce 30 000 tons of chrome ore in a month and create 500 jobs. Mathabatha added that the Provincial Government is expected to finalise the signing of a lease agreement to operate the Lebowakgomo Chicken Abattoir as a strategy to start a broiler production and processing industry in the province. The abattoir is expected to operate in June 2022 and will create 500 jobs through the entire value chain, while the facility itself will create 150 permanent jobs.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 24 FEB 2022

  • MBOMBELA/ NELSPRUIT – 24 FEB 2022 (08H25) Former Mpumalanga Agriculture Member of Executive Council (MEC) Mandla Msibi is expected to appear in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court today, 24 February 2022. Msibi is facing two counts of murder and attempted murder for his alleged involvement in a fatal shooting incident that happened in August 2021. Msibi has arrived at the court. Motorists are advised to be vigilant.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 24 FEB 2022

  • RUSTENBURG – 24 FEB 2022 (10H20) Protest reported at the Rustenburg Municipality office on the R104 in the Central Business District. Demonstrators have begun gathering outside the office. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are aware of the situation.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 24 FEB 2022

  • UPINGTON – 24 FEB 2022 (06H05) 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 today, 24 February 2022.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 24 FEB 2022

  • CAPE TOWN – 24 FEB 2022 (00H10) Shooting reported on the corner of Daniels Crescent and Solomons Road in the vicinity of Grassy Park, Cape Town. The area has been declared as an ongoing crime scene. The motive for the shooting is unknown. Authorities are on the scene. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.
  • CAPE TOWN – 24 FEB 2022 (06H15) Deputy President David Mabuza is expected to address the sixth annual Opening of the National House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders at the Good Hope Chamber, Parliament, Cape Town, today, 24 February 2022, at 09H00. Deputy President Mabuza will highlight the role that Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership play, as the legitimate voice of the people, custodians of culture, customs and tradition, and an embodiment of heritage, in partnership with the government. The Deputy President will further emphasise the critical importance of government working together with Traditional and Khoi-San leaders in resolving the complex challenges confronting society.
  • CAPE TOWN – 24 FEB 2022 (09H10) UPDATE Demonstrators are picketing outside the Cape Town High Court. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (06H00) Protest expected by the members of the Green Connection today, 24 February 2022, at the Cape Town High Court from 09H00. The demonstrators are expected to protest against the seismic surveys on the West Coast. The demonstrators are expected to disperse from 11H00. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police are aware of the protest
  • CAPE TOWN – 24 FEB 2022 (12H30) Protest reported in District 6 in Zonnebloem by the Indigenous People of Biafra. The demonstrators are marching in remembrance of the genocidal killings of 3.5-million Biafra people during the Biafra conflict in Nigeria. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene directing traffic.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 24 FEB 2022

  • 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: Protest expected by the members affiliated National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) on Friday, 25 February 2022 at the  United States (US) Consulate at 13H30.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA: Protest expected by the members affiliated with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) on Friday, 25 February 2022, at the Department of Transport.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: Nationwide protest expected by the All Truck Drivers Foundation and Allied South Africans (ADTFASA) on Sunday, 27 February 2022.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA: Protest expected by the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) on Wednesday, 02 March 2022, from 10H00 at the United States of America (USA) Embassy.
  • 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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