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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 25 FEB 2022 (10H00)

February 25

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 25 FEB 2022

  • QAMATA – 24 FEB 2022 (20H25) President Cyril Ramaphosa has granted the late former Chairperson of the House of Traditional Leaders, Chief Nganomhlaba Mathanzima, category two Special Provincial Official Funeral. Mathanzima died on Tuesday, 22 February 2022, at Qamata Great place. The details of the funeral will be announced.
  • DUTYWA – 25 FEB 2022 (08H20) Eskom has suspended operations at Drayini, Ngcingwana, and Sofutho in Dutywa after company employees have been threatened and a truck vandalised by community members this week. Eskom employees have been attending to a fault at a legal line when protesters forced employees to divert the services to an area with illegal connections and tampering. Eskom is working with local leadership to remove illegal connections in this area and provide safety for Eskom employees.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 25 FEB 2022

  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 25 FEB 2022 (07H25) The Free State Department of Health has implemented solutions that will relieve the Pelonomi hospital of high volumes of trauma cases. This follows after patients raised concerns about being kept at the hospital for a long period of time before receiving treatment. However, the staff at the hospital have also raised concerns about the increased demand for orthopaedic services due to high volumes of cases. The Department has begun the process of interviewing anaesthetists and orthopaedic specialists who will come and bolster the hospital’s capacity at different levels of care. In addition, the Department opened more theatre space and transported some orthopaedic patients to be attended to at Albert Nzula District Hospital in Trompsburg.
  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 25 FEB 2022 (07H30) The twelve University of the Free State (UFS) protesters arrested for contravening a court order are expected to appear before the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court today, 25 February 2022. The suspects have been arrested on Wednesday, 23 February 2022, after they had disrupted classes. Students have been protesting due to registrations and mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 25 FEB 2022

  • JOHANNESBURG – 24 FEB 2022 (20H50) The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, is expected to address the National Energy Dialogue on Friday, 25 February 2022 at 09H00 at the Hill on Empire. The Dialogue will bring together government officials, energy experts, economists, and environmentalists to discuss the country’s s approach to the Just Energy Transition. The discussions will include deliberations on how to ensure systems reliability while transitioning and simultaneously ensure energy supply; transitioning from high carbon emissions to low carbon emissions taking into consideration the constraints and opportunities; breaking down the role of country’s energy mix in the transition, and the socio-economic impact of the Just Transition and its financing.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 24 FEB 2022 (22H40) The South African National Road Agency Limited (SANRAL) has announced an adjustment to the annual toll tariffs across the country with effect from 01 March 2022. The new tariff is expected to increase by 5%, which has reportedly been determined by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). Toll routes that are expected to be affected by the increase include the N1, N2, N3, N4, and N17.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 25 FEB 2022 (06H10) Peaceful protest expected by the members of the Congress of Muslim Ummah movement today, 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 – 25 FEB 2022 (06H20) Protest expected by the members affiliated National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) today, 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 – 25 FEB 2022 (06H25) Protest expected by the members affiliated with the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) today, 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.
  • TEMBISA – 25 FEB 2022 (07H05) The suspect arrested in connection with the Rosettenville cash-in-transit (CIT) robbery is expected to appear in the Tembisa Magistrate’s Court east of Johannesburg today, 25 February 2022. The suspect is one of a 25-member gang that exchanged fire with Police at a safe house in the south of Johannesburg while planning to commit a CIT robbery. The ten suspects arrested on Monday, 21 February 2022, appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 23 February 2022, and the case was postponed to March 2022. The suspect will be charged with unlicensed firearms, ammunition, and possession of suspected stolen property.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 25 FEB 2022

  • RICHARDS BAY – 24 FEB 2022 (19H35) The South African Police Service had issued a warning of expected disruptions due to the All Truck Drivers Forum (ATDF) protest on Saturday, 26 February 2022, until Sunday, 27 February 2022. SAPS stated that protests are expected to disrupt the N3, N2, Durban and Richards Bay ports. Motorists are advised to be cautious and avoid the areas. Police will be deployed to monitor the areas.
  • UMHLANGA – 24 FEB 2022 (19H50) Protest expected by the African National Congress (ANC) members today, 25 February 2022 from 11H00. The demonstrators are expected to gather near the Makro Store in Cornubia and march to the CCI Call Centre. The demonstrators will be protesting to demand basic salaries, Union representation and other labour-related matters. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes. Police will be deployed to the area.
  • DURBAN – 24 FEB 2022 (21H40) Members of the Police Crime Intelligence Unit in KwaZulu-Natal have announced that efforts are being expedited to verify reports of possible lootings at Massmart stores in the province between 26 February 2022 and 27 February 2022. This follows the circulation of messages on social media platforms stating that an outbreak of civil unrest and looting of stores within the Massmart Group is expected in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday, 27 February 2022. Provincial Crime Intelligence Head Tso Tshika has stated that members have been tasked to verify the allegations against Massmart, which includes retailers such as Game, Builders Warehouse, Builders Express, Makro, Rhino Jumbo Cash and Carry, and Cambridge. In the interim, authorities have stated that precautionary measures have been implemented to prevent and mitigate any possible threats.
  • DURBAN – 24 FEB 2022 (22H20) KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has announced plans to convert the South African Petroleum Refineries (SAPREF) refinery in Durban into a state-owned oil company. The Premier made the announcement during the recent delivery of the State of the Province Address (SOPA) at the Pietermaritzburg Agricultural Showgrounds. This follows the company’s recent announcement of plans to halt operations in March 2022, which reportedly prompted the provincial Government to intervene by requesting the national Government to purchase the oil refinery. Zikalala has stated that discussions between the Government and the oil company management regarding the purchase are underway.
  • MANDINI – 25 FEB 2022 (06H30) Protest reported on the R102 at the P415 intersection in Mandini. Demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. The situation is volatile. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.
  • PINETOWN – 25 FEB 2022 (07H50) Protest reported on Hansdettman Highway/ M34 at the Wiltshire Road intersection in the vicinity of Clover. Demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police are on the scene.
  • PIETERMARITZBURG – 25 FEB 2022 (08H00) UPDATE Residents from the Jika Joe Informal Settlement have been protesting against the temporary housing structures that are currently being constructed by the municipality. Residents demand Government Subsidy (RDP) houses.  (07H00) Police have dispersed the demonstrators. A heightened Police and Military presence is reported in the area. There is an increase of Security movement camps set up near Mooi River and along the N3. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (06H15) Protest reported on East Street, Loop Street, Masukwana Street and Manning Avenue at the Masukwana camps. Demonstrators are barricading the road with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are aware of the situation.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 25 FEB 2022

  • GA-TAUEATSWALA – 24 FEB 2022 (19H00) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is expected to hold the EFF Siyabonga Rally on Saturday, 26 February 2022, at the Masheleng Sports Ground in Ward 13 from 10H00. The Chief in Command (CIC) Julius Malema is expected to address during the rally following the success of the Local Government Elections Campaign.
  • PHALABORWA – 25 FEB 2022 (09H00) Protest reported on the R71 and R40 intersection heading to Lulekani. Demonstrators are barricading the road with debris. Previously, the Majeje community have been protesting over the relocation of the Majeje Tribal Authority offices and the lack of transparency on upcoming projects. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 25 FEB 2022

  • POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG – 24 FEB 2022 (21H10) Protest reported on Matlala Road approaching Zebediela Street, Extension 44 in Polokwane. Members of the community are demonstrating against service delivery related issues. Protestors have barricaded the roadway with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Authorities have been notified.
  • POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG – 25 FEB 2022 (09H20) Protest reported on Matlala Road approaching Zebediela Street, Extension 44 in Polokwane. Demonstrators are also blocking the road between Extension 76 and Juju Valley. Members of the community are demonstrating against service delivery related issues. Protestors have barricaded the roadway with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Police are on the scene. Demonstrators have been protesting since Thursday, 24 February 2022.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 25 FEB 2022

  • TIGANE – 24 FEB 2022 (20H45) The African National Congress (ANC) in the Matlosana sub-region has retained Ward 2 in Tigane near Hartbeesfontein, following its by-elections that were held at Tigane Primary. These elections were contested by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Patriotic Alliance (PA). Abigail Mothupi has been elected as the new ANC councillor.
  • POTCHEFSTROOM – 25 FEB 2022 (06H00) Peaceful protest expected at Cachet Park in Potchefstroom by North West University (NWU) students today, 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.
  • KLERKSDORP – 25 FEB 2022 (08H50) The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (DENOSA) has called on the North West Department of Health to prioritise the safety of nurses in Klerksdorp, where 12 clinics have been without security guards for three days. The Provincial Health Department Spokesperson, Tebogo Lekgethwane, stated that the Department is taking corrective measures for this. There has been a problem with payment to the service provider due to a system error. As a result, the company prioritised salaries for hospital guards last week and postponed paying securities at the clinics. However, full payment has been made to the security company on Wednesday, 23 February 2022, and the company will be able to pay its security guard employees.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 25 FEB 2022

  • UPINGTON – 25 FEB 2022 (23H20) Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul has announced that the provincial Department of Health has approved the justification for a proposed business development project involving an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) dispatching system. The announcement follows Premier Saul’s recent delivery of the 2022 State of the Province Address (SOPA) in Upington. Saul has noted that the project scoping is currently underway, with the implementation phase expected to commence within the following few months.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 25 FEB 2022

  • CAPE TOWN – 24 FEB 2022 (20H10) The Western Cape High Court has reserved judgement in an interim interdict application by small-scale fishers and environmental groups from the Cape West Coast against Australian-based Geoscience company, Searcher. The company has rejected the submissions that the survey is illegal and did not consult sufficiently. The fishers stated that they have been not consulted and demanded the survey to be permanently halted.
  • CAPE TOWN – 25 FEB 2022 (02H20) The City of Cape Town’s (COCT) Energy Directorate has announced the receipt of an R5,9 million donation and the provision of technical assistance from the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Councillor Beverley van Reenen, has stated that the financial aid is expected to benefit Cape Town residents through the improvement of energy generation. This follows after the COCT recently noted that the City’s Sustainable Energy Markets Department is embarking on several renewable energy purchases and generation projects and other sustainable energy interventions. The projects include the improvement of energy efficiency in municipal buildings, renewable energy purchases, climate investment opportunities, and green pricing. The IFC and the City have agreed that the approximate value of the assistance to be provided is R5,9 million, with the provision of technical services provided to the City being free of charge.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 25 FEB 2022

  • 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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