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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 29 MAR 2022 (10H00)

March 29

SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 29 MAR 2022

  • EAST LONDON – 28 MAR 2022 (22H05) The Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) East London manufacturing plant has announced plans to dismiss up to 180 temporary employees by Thursday, 31 March 2022. The decision by MBSA reportedly follows due to a problem with the sourcing of supplies for the manufacturing of chips, an integral component in vehicles.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 29 MAR 2022

  • BLOEMFONTEIN – 28 MAR 2022 (20H30) The Bloemfontein High Court has dismissed Former Free State Premier Ace Magashule’s request to have the asbestos corruption charges against him dismissed. Magashule is accused alongside 15 others, including five companies, former Mangaung Mayor Olly Mlamleli and Edwin Sodi’s Blackhead Consulting. The group is facing multiple charges over the R255-million 2014 contract to assess and remove asbestos housing material in the Free State.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 29 MAR 2022

  • JOHANNESBURG – 28 MAR 2022 (20H00) Protest reported on Heidelberg Road/M31 in City Deep. 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 to the scene.
  • TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 28 MAR 2022 (22H10) The Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services has announced that Minister Ronald Lamola is scheduled to receive reports from the South African Law Reform Commission on Tuesday, 29 March 2022. The Ministry has stated that the reports include analyses conducted on Sexual Offences, the Ukuthwala, Legal Fees and Prescription periods. Minister Lamola is expected to evaluate the reports and respond to recommendations made by the Commission.
  • PRETORIA/ TSHWANE – 29 MAR 2022 (06H30) The City of Tshwane has announced a scheduled water interruption in Cullinan and Ga-Rankuwa today, 29 March 2022, from 09H00 until 17H00. The time will be used to do maintenance at Cullinan Tower and Ga-Rankuwa  East Reservoir. Areas that will be affected include Cullinan, Elandsfontein, Kafferskraal, Lewzene Easate, Louwsbaken, Ga-Rankuwa, Medunsa and Sjambok Kraal.
  • AKASIA – 29 MAR 2022 (06H35) Protest expected by members of the Operation Dudula movement today, 29 March 2022. Demonstrators are expected to gather from 09H00 at the Akasia Police Station in Rosslyn and proceed to the Praga Technical, AFRIT Trailers and Rossa complex on Doreen Avenue. Participants are expected to deliver a Memorandum of Demands (MoD) against the companies’ employment of illegal foreign nationals. The march is expected to cause ground travel disruptions on several routes in the area, including Piet Rautenbach Street, Kotzenberg Street, and Rosslyn Road/ R566. Demonstrators are expected to disperse from AFRIT Rosslyn at 13H30. Tshwane Metro Police officers will be deployed to monitor the march and all affected streets. Motorists are advised to avoid affected roads and use alternative routes.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 29 MAR 2022 (07H30) Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, is scheduled to officiate the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) week 2022 today, 29 March 2022, at 09H00. Makhura will thereafter proceed to conduct a site visit at a new housing development in the Country Gardens Estate, Mogale City. Following the site visit,  Makhura is scheduled to meet with West Rand District and the Local Municipalities officials. On Wednesday, 30 March 2022, Makhura is expected to attend the Executive Council meeting.
  • JOHANNESBURG – 29 MAR 2022 (08H30) UPDATE Road closure reported on Ntemi Piliso Street between Hall Street and Anderson Street. The road is closed due to the underground cable fire incident. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.  (08H00) City of Johannesburg Emergency Services (EMS) announced that the fire that erupted in an underground tunnel in the Johannesburg Central Business (CBD) on Monday, 28 March 2022, has been extinguished this Tuesday morning, 29 March 2022. The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage. The area will be inspected for air quality and structural integrity before City Power technicians can be allowed in. The fire affected the electricity supply to most of the Johannesburg CBD, Booysens, and Selby.
  • GA-RANKHUWA – 29 MAR 2022 (08H45) Robbery reported in Ga-Rankhuwa Zone 4. Suspects stole batteries from trucks that are being used in the stormwater project. The suspects bound the workers during the robbery. Police are on the scene investigating the matter.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 29 MAR 2022

  • DURBAN – 28 MAR 2022 (19H45) Stores owned by foreign nationals have remained closed in Durban despite the failure of Operation Dudula to launch its operations in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday, 26 March 2022. Operation Dudula organisers failed to get approval to stage the event at Gugu Dlamini Park. Operation Dudula support. Police remain on high alert in Durban following information of its operational launch. KwaZulu-Natal Coordinator of Operation Dudula, Mfanafuthi Dumakude, stated that they had to postpone their launch after the Police stated they lacked capacity.
  • NTUZUMA – 28 MAR 2022 (21H40) Protest reported on Mbondwe Road and Ingcebo Drive in the vicinity of the Bus Depot in Ntuzuma, F Section. Community members are reportedly burning tyres on the roadway and throwing stones at passerby vehicles. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Authorities have been notified of the situation.
  • DURBAN – 29 MAR 2022 (06H40) A water outage is scheduled in Durban Central Business District (CBD) from 19H00 till 06H00 today, 29 March 2022. The time will be used to tie in a steel pipe into the existing line on the corner of Anton Lembede Street and Alexandra Street. As a result, the Motille Reservoir will be affected.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 29 MAR 2022

  • POLOKWANE/ PIETERSBURG – 29 MAR 2022 (08H20) The City of Polokwane announced that the Leeto La Polokwane bus operations remain suspended until further notice. The busses stopped operating following the taxi dispute between the Seshego Taxi Association and Mankweng Taxi Association in Polokwane on Friday, 25 March 2022. Intermodal Transport Acting Manager, David Ramakgwakgwa, stated that further communication will be announced to the public once the operation resume. This is despite the taxi associations that have resolved their dispute and are continuing services.
  • POLOKWNAE/ PIETERSBURG – 29 MAR 2022 (09H20) Protest reported at the Capricorn Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college on the Polokwane, Seshego, Senwabarwana and Ramokgopa campuses. Students are continuing with their campus shutdown. The students allege that the college is requesting them to submit supporting documents such as an affidavit and a signature of a parent on the declaration form before they can receive their National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) allowances. Campus Management is working to address the students’ grievances.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 29 MAR 2022

  • KABOKWENI – 28 MAR 2022 (22H00) The Department of Community, Safety, Security and Liaison have condemned recent acts of violence against Police officers in the province. During a recent incident, unidentified suspects robbed a Police officer from Gauteng of his service pistol in Shatale near Bushbuckridge. Mpumalanga Police Spokesperson Donald Mdluli has stated that a Police Sergeant recently sustained fatal injuries during an exchange of fire with 15 suspects at a guesthouse in Kabokweni. Mdluli has stated that six suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident and appeared before the Kabokweni Magistrate’s Court today, 28 March 2022. The case has been postponed to 05 April 2022 for a legal presentation.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 29 MAR 2022

  • MAHIKENG – 28 MAR 2022 (20H15) The National Education, Health, and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) have called off its protest action at the Heritage House in Cooks Lake today, 28 March 2022. This follows after employees have been paid their salaries. Employees staged a protest following the North West Parks Board’s failure to pay them on Friday, 25 March 2022.
  • BRITS – 29 MAR 2022 (08H40) Motorists are advised to be vigilant on the N4 between the Ga-Rankuwa bridge and Syno poultry farm bridge in Brits. Rocks have been placed on the roadway.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 29 MAR 2022

  • KIMBERLEY – 29 MAR 2022 (06H50) Protest expected in Kimberley on Thursday, 31 March 2022, from 11H00. Provincial Secretary f the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Shadrack Tlhaole, is expected to lead a march to the Witdam Police Station to open a case against Northern Cape Premier, Zamani Saul, regarding his Tanzania trip of perjury, fraud and corruption. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route for the duration of the demonstration. Police are expected to be deployed to the scene.

 

SOUTH AFRICA – WESTERN CAPE – 29 MAR 2022

  • CAPE TOWN – 28 MAR 2022 (20H00) Bush fire reported at the Steenbra’s Dam. Motorists are advised to be vigilant. The road visibility is reduced due to the smoke. The Fire Department, a spotter plane and two Huey Choppers have been dispatched to the scene.
  • CAPE TOWN – 28 MAR 2022 (20H20) Protest reported on Mew Way and Alium Drive in Khayelitsha. Community members are barricading the roads with burning tyres and debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes and avoid the area. Police are on the scene.
  • KNYSNA – 29 MAR 2022 (05H30) Peaceful protest expected at the Knysna Magistrates Court from 07H00 on Tuesday, 29 March 2022, by Green Connection. Members affiliated with Green Connection are expected to conduct a march against the inequity of fishing rights, offshore oil and gas exploration and ocean pollution. Demonstrators are expected to march from the Lamco Service Station, White Location Sports Field and Nekkies sports bar opposite Knoetzie Beach to the Knysna Magistrates Court. Motorists are advised that ground travel disruptions are expected during the demonstration. Police will be deployed at the scene to manage traffic movement.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS – 29 MAR 2022

  • CAPE TOWN: President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to face the first vote of no confidence on Wednesday, 30 March 2022.
  • CAPE TOWN: Protest expected by the Democratic Alliance (DA) members on Wednesday, 30 March 2022, at the Parliament building from 11H15.
  • KIMBERLEY: Protest expected in Kimberley on Thursday, 31 March 2022, from 11H00.
  • 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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