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

March 24

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 24 MAR 2022

  • PORT ELIZABETH/GQEBERHA – 24 MAR 2022 (04H50) Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has announced expected service disruptions in the Greenbushes area. The service disruption is expected between 08H00 and 17H00 on either 29 March 2022 or Thursday 31 March 2022. This follows as the 22kV (kiloVolt) line is set to be connected for the Chelsea Reservoir. The public is advised to handle all electrical equipment and outlets as life.
  • EAST LONDON – 24 MAR 2022 (17H20) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed on Lukin Road and King Street in the vicinity of Buffalo City College. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.  (09H00) Protest reported on Lukin Road and King Street in the vicinity of Buffalo City College. 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.
  • NGCOBO – 24 MAR 2022 (18H00) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed on the R61 between Tsomo and Ngcobo. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.  (09H40) Protest reported on the  R61 between Tsomo and Ngcobo. Previous demonstrations have been related to service delivery. 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 – 24 MAR 2022

  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 24 MAR 2022 (16H40) UPDATE The Mangaung Municipality has closed due to the protest by the MSDF. Other unions have joined the service delivery protest, including the National Union of Public Services and Allied Workers (NUPSAW). The Mangaung Metropolitan’s Mayor, Mxolisi Siyonzana received the memorandum of demands from Mangaung residents. Siyonzana stated that he will be working with the Free State Provincial Government, the municipal management, and the leadership of the MSDF and Mangaung Concerned Community (MCC) to address grievances. The demonstrators have dispersed. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.  (05H20) Protest expected by the Mangaung Service Delivery Forum (MSDF) members today, 24 March 2022, until Friday, 25 March 2022. The demonstrators are expected to gather at Paradise Hall from 09H00. The demonstrators are expected to protest against corruption, poor service delivery, unemployment. The demonstrators demand the absorption of Security officers, access to land and local economic development. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to monitor the area.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 24 MAR 2022

  • JOHANNESBURG – 24 MAR 2022 (02H40) Service disruption is expected on 28 March 2022,31 March 2022, and 03 April 2022. The power is expected to be disconnected due to network maintenance work for improved service by City Power Johannesburg. Craighall Park and Hyde Park is expected to be disconnected from the power from 08H00 until 17H00 on 28 March. Ennerdale is expected to be disconnected from 08H00 until 18H00. Johannesburg, Marshalltown and others are expected to be disconnected from 08H00 until 18H00. City Power has advised the public to treat their electricity supply points as live at all times as power may be restored at any time.
  • PRETORIA/TSHWANE – 24 MAR 2022 (03H30) The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has announced an updated grants calendar for the remainder of 2022. This follows complaints from the public due to payments not being provided early enough. The Social grants are expected to be paid on the second day of each month or the first working day if the second is on a weekend or public holiday. 46% of South Africans are expected to collect some form of a grant. The Government has extended the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant for another year. The Department of Social Development is expected to initiate a feasibility assessment towards the resource modelling and implementation of the Basic Income Grant (BIG).
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 24 MAR 2022 (06H00) The Presidency has announced that the 4th South African Investment Conference is scheduled to take place today, 24 March 2022. The conference follows a commitment made by President Cyril Ramaphosa during the 2018 State of the Nation Address (SONA2018). The event aims to promote investment opportunities and encourage investments towards employment creation in South Africa.
  • WESTONARIA – 24 MAR 2022 (09H45) Protest expected by the members affiliated with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) on Friday, 25 March 2022, from 10H00 at the Sibanye-Stillwater Libanon Business Park. The demonstrators are expected to protest to demand salary increases. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to the area.
  • BOKSBURG – 24 MAR 2022 (13H45) Road closure reported on Atlas Road and Finch Road in Atlasville. The roads are closed due to a motor vehicle accident. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Emergency services are on the scene.
  • LENASIA – 24 MAR 2022 (13H45) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed on the N1 at the Grasmere Toll Plaza. The roads are open to traffic. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the situation.  (08H05) Protest reported on the N1 at the Grasmere Toll Plaza. Demonstrators are reportedly burning and looting trucks. The demonstrators are protesting due to electricity disconnections. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 24 MAR 2022 (14H20) Road closure reported on the M10 at the Sollomon Mahlangu Bridge over the N4. The road is closed due to an active crime scene. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are on the scene.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 24 MAR 2022 (15H30) Police have arrested a most wanted gang leader from Wesbury during a roadblock conducted at R59 as part of the O Kae Molao Operation in Moffatview. The suspect was wanted for cases of murder and attempted murder committed in 2012.
  • SOWETO – 24 MAR 2022 (17H00) The Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) announced the closure of Ndlovu Bridge in Dube, Soweto. The bridge is closed for scheduled maintenance. The maintenance is expected to be completed in 22 April. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
  • BOKSBURG – 24 MAR 2022 (18H05) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed at the Spar Store in Witfield. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (11H20) Protest reported at the Spar Store in Witfield. The demonstrators are protesting to demand employment. The demonstrators have blockaded the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
  • SANDTON – 24 MAR 2022 (18H10) UPDATE Demonstrators have dispersed on Alice lane and 5th Street in the vicinity of Sandton Convention Centre. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (11H30) Protest reported on Alice lane and 5th Street in the vicinity of Sandton Convention Centre. Members affiliated with the Congress of the South African Trade Union (COSATU) are protesting against Israeli Investments in the country. The demonstrators have blocked the area. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are monitoring the area.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 24 MAR 2022

  • BEREA – 24 MAR 2022 (08H00) Protest reported at the Durban University of Technology Steve Biko Campus. The demonstrators have barricaded the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.
  • PIETERMARITZBURG – 24 MAR 2022 (11H30) Peaceful protest reported on Langalibalele Street in Pietermaritzburg Central Business District. A group of demonstrators have gathered in the area and are currently marching down Langalibalele Street. The demonstration is suspected to be related to student grievances regarding the registration process and student accommodation. The march is affecting traffic movement in the area. Authorities are on the scene. Motorists are advised to exercise caution when approaching the area.
  • RIETVLEI – 24 MAR 2022 (18H00) Protest reported on the R56 between Rietvlei and Staffords Post. Community members are protesting due to service delivery. Demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 24 MAR 2022

  • THOHOYANDOU – 24 MAR 2022 (07H50) The Thohoyandou Magistrate’s Court rejected a second bail application brought by Percy Radzuma, one of the accused in the murder case of Vhembe district officials who were affiliated with the South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) as the new information presented was not convincing. The court had postponed the case to Monday, 30 May 2022, to allow the state prosecutor to hand over the docket to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for a decision.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 24 MAR 2022

  • HENDRINA – 24 MAR 2022 (00H00) The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has ordered a preservation order for the Gupta owned Optimum Coal Mine (OCM). This follows after the Gupta family attempted to sell the mine to a former Gupta associate Danial McGowan. The NPA stated that the preservation order has preserved all Gupta owned Tegeta shares in OCM and Optimum Coal Terminal in addition to OCM’s businesses. Furthermore, the NPA reported the preservation of R1,3 billion from Templar funds in relation to OCM. Claims to the Templar stake preserved are funds that were advanced by a Dubai company, Griffin Line Trading LLC, controlled by Ajay Gupta’s son, Kamal Singhala. The court has granted the South African Police Services authority to confiscate the mine and place it in the custody of the court-appointed curator. This follows as a curator is expected to value the property and find a purchaser.
  • PIET RETIEF – 24 MAR 2022 (15H40) UPDATE Taxi operators have dispersed on the N2 and R33 through Piet Retief. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. Police are monitoring the situation. (14H15) Taxi operators are barricading Kotze Street near the Police Station and the R45 near the Sanlam centrum. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. (10H15) Protest reported on the R543 outside Piet Retief towards Wakkerstroom. Taxi operators are protesting due to taxi disputes. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police have been dispatched.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 24 MAR 2022

  • POTCHEFSTROOM – 24 MAR 2022 (18H15) UPDATE Demonstrators have delivered their memorandum of demands at the Dan Tloome Building. Demonstrators have dispersed. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (13H15) The N12 route has been reopened for traffic. The demonstrators are protesting outside the Dan Tloome Building. (12H05) The demonstrators are marching from Ikageng Road into the N12 towards the Dan Tloome Building. (10H40) The demonstrators have started marching from Ikagemng Memorial Park. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes.  (06H10) Protest expected at the Dan Tloome building today, 24 March 2022. The demonstrators are expected to gather at Ikageng Memorial Park 10H00 and begin to march at 11H00 from Ikageng Memorial Park to the Dan Tloome building. The employees are expected to deliver a memorandum of demands to the Member of Executive Council (MEC) of the Local Government from 13H00. The demonstrators will be protesting due to poor working conditions, the failure to recognise trade unions and poor service delivery to the community. Demonstrators will march on Ikageng Road to the N12 until they reach the Dan Tloome building. The demonstrators are expected to disperse from 14H00. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes during the protest. Police are aware of the situation.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 24 MAR 2022

  • KURUMAN – 24 MAR 2022 (13H00) The African National Congress (ANC) regional conference in the John Taolo Gaetsewe (JTG) region has been postponed following threats of legal action. The ANC members from the Ditshetelo Photlhe branch are calling for the dissolution of the JTG region. The ANC provincial secretary Deshi Ngxanga has advised the JTG  regional task team coordinator that the conference would not be held from Friday, 25 March 2022, until  Sunday, 27 March 2022.
  • BRITSTOWN – 24 MAR 2022 (14H30) Road closure reported on the N12 after the R398 turn-off between Britstown and Victoria West. The road is closed due to a heavy motor vehicle accident. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Police are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 24 MAR 2022

  • CAPE TOWN – 24 MAR 2022 (10H05) Peaceful protest reported on Imam Haron Road in the vicinity of Islamia College. The demonstrators are protesting in solidarity with the people of Israel. Members of the public are advised to be vigilant. Police are monitoring the area.
  • CAPE TOWN – 24 MAR 2022 (17H30) Unrest reported at the Jakes Gerwel Drive/ M7 and Bluegum Road intersection in Bonteheuwel heading towards Mitchell’s Plain. Suspected gang members and authorities are clashing. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene.
  • CAPE TOWN – 24 MAR 2022 (18H45) UPDATE Taxi operators and Golden Arrow buses have resumed services.  (16H45) Demonstrators have dispersed on Govan Mbeki Road, Duinefontein Road and Jakes Gerwel Drive in Philippi. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant.  (16H25) Several vehicles have been set alight in Bloekombos in Kraaifontein. (16H15) Protest reported on Govan Mbeki Road, Duinefontein Road and Jakes Gerwel Drive in Philippi. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.  (14H00) Taxi operators have begun to disperse in Cape Town. The roads are open to traffic. However, protests continue on the N1 in Kraaifontein, Bloekombos and Wallacededene. Clashes between taxi operators and Police have been reported in Kraaifontein.  (11H00) Heightened Police visibility has been reported in the vicinity of the Premier’s Office. The demonstrators are marching towards the Primer’s office.  (09H20) Demonstrations reported on N2 Nelson Mandela Boulevard towards the Central Business District (CBD). Motorists are advised to use the M3  Philip Kgosana Drive as an alternative route.  (09H15) Five passengers have been injured following a Golden Arrows bus that was set alight in Nyanga.  (08H50) Stone-throwing and gunshots reported in the vicinity of Vangate Mall. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.  (08H15) Violent demonstrations reported on Baden Powell Drive/R310 and Macassar Road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.  (07H35) Two Golden Arrow buses have been set alight in Nyanga. The N2 route has been blocked by the taxi operators. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.  (07H10) Road closure reported on the N2 near Jans Smuts Drive due to a taxi that has been set alight. Violent protest reported on the N1, M167 and Old Paarl road. The situation is volatile. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.  (06H40) Golden Arrow Bus has been set alight on Maroela Road, Belmont Park Kraaifontein. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are on the scene.  (06H05) Protest expected by the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (CATA) and Congress for Democratic Taxi Associations (CODETA) today, 24 March 2022 from 10H30. The demonstrators are expected to march from District six to the Office of the Premier to hand over a memorandum of demands. The taxi operators are expected to protest due to impounded taxis, unfair requirements for releasing impounded vehicles, and other challenges affecting the taxi industry. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to the area.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 24 MAR 2022

  • CAPE TOWN: Peaceful protest expected outside the Parliament building in Cape Town from 12H00 until 15H00 on Friday, 25 March 2022.
  • WESTONARIA: Protest expected by the members affiliated with the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) on Friday, 25 March 2022, from 10H00 at the Sibanye-Stillwater Libanon Business Park.
  • 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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