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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 25 FEB 2022 (19H00)

February 25

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 25 FEB 2022

  • 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.
  • EAST LONDON – 25 FEB 2022 (10H00) The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is expected to launch its 1-million membership recruitment campaign on Ndende Street next to the community church Duncan Village today, 25 February 2022, at 12H00. EFF Deputy Floyd Shivambu will deliver the keynote address. Motorists are advised to be vigilant.
  • MTHATHA – 25 FEB 2022 (14H50) The African National Congress (ANC) is expected to hold an Extended Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) meeting on Saturday, 26 February 2022, at the Government  Printers. ANC President, Cyril Ramaphosa, is expected to address the PEC. The Extended PEC meeting will comprise of Leagues, Provincial Alliance leadership and Mass Democratic Movement structures.

 

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.
  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 25 FEB 2022 (15H35) The Select Committee on Transport, Public Service and Administration and the Public Works and Infrastructure in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) announced that it will investigate the alleged R48 million the State has paid to three different contractors dismissed for poor performance on the  Park Road Police Station, which started in 2017. The Democratic Alliance (DA) Spokesperson, Security and Justice in the NCOP, George Michalakis, stated that questions have been submitted to Public Works Minister, Patricia de Lille, to demand answers to when the project will finally be completed and what efforts are underway to recoup the alleged funds lost.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 25 FEB 2022

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • MIDRAND – 25 FEB 2022 (10H30) Protest reported at the Waterfall Park Licensing Department on Howick Road. Bekker Road is open to traffic. Members of the National Driving School Association of South Africa (NDSASA) are protesting against the electronic national administration traffic information system (NaTIS). Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police have been dispatched to the scene.
  • LANSERIA – 25 FEB 2022 (11H00) UPDATE A small aircraft has crashed in a field near the Lanseria Airport. The pilot and only occupant has been found on the scene. Paramedics are attending to the pilot’s injuries. (10H30) Aircraft accident reported near Lanseria Airport. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Emergency services have been dispatched to the scene.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 25 FEB 2022 (12H20) UPDATE President Ramaphosa has addressed the Intergovernmental National Litigation Forum. President Ramaphosa stated that this forum will increase the capability of the state. The forum is in response to the uncoordinated nature in which Government approaches state litigation. The forum is expected to transform that and save the state lots of money by following a coordinated process. In addition, President Ramaphosa has called on the United Nations to actively participate in mediation between Russia and Ukraine. President Ramaphosa stated that the current conflict in Ukraine is not necessary and can be resolved through negotiations. (10H50) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver the keynote address at the Intergovernmental National Litigation Forum at the Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria today, 25 February 2022. This year’s event takes place today, 25 February 2022 and Saturday, 26 February 2022. The forum is organised by the Office of the Solicitor-General under the theme: A coordinated approach to the management of State litigation, with emphasis on reduction of State contingent liability.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 25 FEB 2022 (13H50) Mamelodi informal settlement residents displaced by floods have threatened to move into vacant Municipal land should the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality fail to provide a new area. The Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Human Settlements, Abel Tau, stated that Municipality has secured city-owned land in Orchards for the relocation of residents recently affected by floods. Tau added that the land has been earmarked to resettle residents of Gomorrah, Malusi Extension 1 and 2 and Booysens Extension 4 informal settlements.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 25 FEB 2022 (14H25) UPDATE The Acting Deputy Director-General (DG) of Public Transportation, Khibi Manana, has received the memorandum of demands. (12H00) NUMSA Regional Motor Organiser, Godfrey Gqobeka, is addressing demonstrators outside the Department of Transport. The demonstrators are waiting for Minister Fikile Mbalula to receive the memorandum of demands. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (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.
  • TSHWANE/PRETORIA – 25 FEB 2022 (16H40) President Cyril Ramaphosa has terminated the employment contract of the National Commissioner of the South African Police Services (SAPS), Khehla Sitole, with effect from Thursday, 31 March 2022. Ramaphosa and Sitole have agreed that early termination of the Commissioner’s contract is in the country’s best interest. Sithole will handover various tasks, including all ongoing investigations, to a senior member that has been assisting Sitole.
  • GRASMERE – 25 FEB 2022 (17H15) Police have advised motorists to avoid the N1 at the Grasmere Toll Plaza. Reports indicate that vehicles are being set alight. The reason is unknown at this stage. Police are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 25 FEB 2022

  • 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.
  • MANDINI – 25 FEB 2022 (10H05) UPDATE Demonstrators are blocking the R102 roadway between Mandini and KwaGingindlovu with trucks. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. (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.
  • UMHLANGA – 25 FEB 2022 (11H50) UPDATE The ANCYL has arrived at the CCI Call Centre. Park Avenue and Park Way are affected by the protest. The roads in the vicinity of Makro Store in Cornubia are open to traffic. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant. (10H10) Members of the ANC have begun gathering near the Makro Store in Cornubia ahead of the labour related protest. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. (06H05) 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 – 25 FEB 2022 (12H30) Protest reported at the Addington Hospital on Erskine Terrace Road in South Beach, Durban. The National Union of Public Service and Allied Workers (NUPSAW) is demanding the absorption of all Community Healthcare Workers (CHW) and Community Care Givers (CCG) into public service. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police are on the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 25 FEB 2022

  • 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 – 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.
  • MIDDELBURG – 25 FEB 2022 (17H40) Police have issued a warning to public members of disruptions of operations and roads following information circulating from various open-source media over the past few days. No confirmation has been provided of these disruptions however members of the public are advised to take note of the warning as a precautionary measure. Public members are advised to continue with normal operations and be cautious. The following areas may be affected should the disruptions be confirmed, N11 and R33 between Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, Ermelo, Bethal, Kriel, Ogies, Delmas, Witbank. Police will continue to monitor the areas.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 25 FEB 2022

  • 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.
  • KLERKSDORP – 25 FEB 2022 (16H50) The Matlosana Local Municipality Executive Mayor, James Tsolela, has assured residents in the area that the water provided is clean and safe to drink. This follows after claims of a typhoid outbreak in the area. The Municipal Spokesperson, Ntswaki Makhetha, has confirmed that the water has been tested and municipality will continue to provide communities with clean water.
  • POTCHEFSTROOM – 25 FEB 2022 (17H20) UPDATE Demonstrations reported in Cachet Park. The students are marching to the University. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. (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.

 

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.
  • KIMBERLEY – 25 FEB 2022 (17H10) National Treasury has instructed the Sol Plaatje Municipality to investigate the R500 million investment that was allocated to improve service delivery. This follows after Premier Zamani Saul announced that the R500 million will restore the city. According to a report on the final budget and benchmark assessment report for the 2020/21 budget that the National Treasury submitted, Sol Plaatje Municipality has R500 million projects that will be funded by the provincial Government, which the Provincial Government has not gazetted the details.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 25 FEB 2022

  • 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.
  • CAPE TOWN – 25 February 2022 (10H45) Taxi violence reported in the vicinity of Clock Tower Lentegeur on Eisleben road in Mitchells Plain. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Police are monitoring the situation.
  • CAPE TOWN – 25 FEB 2022 (12H50) Protest reported at the Department of Home Affairs on New Eisleben Road and Mahobe Drive in Nyanga. Demonstrators are protesting due to poor service delivery. Demonstrators are barricading the entrances of the office with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police are on the scene.
  • CAPE TOWN – 25 FEB 2022 (18H00) Protest expected on Saturday, 19 March 20202 at the Paarden Kraal Pub from 11H00. The demonstrators are expected to protest as part of the World Wide Rally for Freedom movement against COVID-19 vaccinations and passports and to call for an end to COVID-19 lockdown measures, among other reasons. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. Police are aware of the protest.
  • CAPE TOWN – 25 FEB 2022 (18H25) Protest reported outside the Russian Embassy. The demonstrators are protesting to call on the Government to demand Russia to withdraw from Ukraine. The demonstrators have barricaded the area. Motorists are advised to be cautious and use alternative routes. Police are on the scene.

 

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.
  • CAPE TOWN: Protest expected on Saturday, 19 March 20202 at the Paarden Kraal Pub from 11H00.
  • 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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