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WILLSHIR – SOUTH AFRICA – TIMELINE – 31 MAR 2022 (10H00)
SOUTH AFRICA – EASTERN CAPE – 31 MAR 2022
- EAST LONDON – 30 MAR 2022 (22H00) The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued an adverse weather alert for severe thunderstorms, rainfall and excessive lightning in several parts of the Eastern Cape province from 31 March 2022. This follows as Eskom has also issued a statement indicating that the power utility is preparing for severe thunderstorms with damaging winds in areas of the Buffalo City Metropolitan, Great Kei, Amahlathi, Raymond Mhlaba, Ngqushwa, Mbashe, and King Sabata Dalindyebo Local Municipalities. Adverse weather places the Eskom network at risk and can affect the electricity supply to customers, potentially leading to prolonged periods without electricity supply. Motorists are advised to monitor media statements and remain vigilant of possible localised flooding in affected areas.
- MTHATHA – 31 MAR 2022 (07H00) Protest reported on the N2 Mthatha near the Dan’s Country Lodge. Community members near Mhlakulo are protesting and have barricaded the roadway with debris. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. Authorities have been dispatched to the scene.
SOUTH AFRICA – FREE STATE – 31 MAR 2022
- BLOEMFONTEIN – 30 MAR 2022 (19H00) The Free State Department of Human Settlements is expected to implement 35 projects in 43 informal settlements across the province. The Department will upgrade infrastructure and provide housing. The Free State Government is at an advanced stage of formalising informal settlements in areas such as Marikana and Palamenteng in the Mantsopa Local Municipality and Vergenoeg in the Nala Local Municipality.
SOUTH AFRICA – GAUTENG – 31 MAR 2022
- PRETORIA/TSHWANE – 30 MAR 2022 (19H10) The Tshwane City Council is expected to draft a budget plan for the 2022/2023 financial year on Thursday, 31 March 2022. The City Council is expected to deliberate on the Integrated Development Plan along with the Medium-term Revenue and Expenditure Framework (MTREF) for the 2022/23 financial year starting on 01 April 2022. The City Council is expected to release the IDP for Public evaluation. The IDP and the Drafted budget are expected to improve service delivery while maintaining the city’s financial stability.
- JOHANNESBURG – 31 MAR 2022 (19H30) Johannesburg City Power has confirmed a second underground tunnel fire at the same location as the first incident in the Central Business District (CBD). This follows as technicians have been removing damaged cables in a bid to determine the cause of the fire. Major areas of the Johannesburg CBD have undergone power interruptions due to the situation since Monday, 28 March 2022. The recent fire has caused extensive damage to approximately one kilometre of the underground tunnel connecting two substations in central Johannesburg and Fordsburg. City Power Spokesperson Isaac Mangena has stated that repair operations are set for completion by Friday, 01 April 2022.
- TSHWANE/ PRETORIA – 30 MAR 2022 (21H15) Protest expected at the Department of Social Development in Pretoria Central on Thursday, 31 March 2022. The Unemployed Social Workers Movement of South Africa (USWMSA) is expected to conduct a march from Madiba Street and Kgosi Mampuru Street to the Department of Social Development at the HSRC Building on Pretoria Street. Participants are expected to start gathering at an open space on Madiba Street from 09H00. During the conclusion of the march, demonstrators will be demanding feedback on a Memorandum of Demands submitted to the Department offices during previous demonstrations regarding the unemployment of Social Workers graduates. Routes that are expected to be affected during the march include Kgosi Mampuru Street, Sophie de Bruyn Street, WF Nkomo Street, Pretorius Street, Francis Baard Street, and Bosman Street. The demonstration is set to disperse at 12H30. Tshwane Metro Police officers will be deployed to monitor the demonstration and all affected streets. Motorists are advised that ground travel disruptions are likely during the march.
- JOHANNESBURG – 31 MAR 2022 (05H00) Road closures expected on several routes surrounding the Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin at the corner of Plein Street and Wanderers Street in the Johannesburg Central Business District (CBD) between 06H00 and 13H00 today, 31 March 2022. The Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) has issued a notice of expected road closures during the Public Safety Prayer Day proceedings at the Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin. City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor Mpho Phalatse and Public Safety Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) David Tembe are expected to host the event. The road closures are necessitated due to the large number of Public Safety officials expected in attendance. Road closures are expected to cause ground travel disruptions on Plein Street between Eloff and Wanderers Street and on Wanderers Street between Plein and Noord Street. JMPD officers will be deployed in the area during the event. Motorists are advised to avoid affected roads and use alternative routes.
- ALBERTON – 31 MAR 2022 (05H20) Protest reported on Kliprivier Drive in the vicinity of the J G Strijdom Road intersection in Alberton. Reports indicate that demonstrators are barricading the roadway with burning tyres and debris. The reason for the demonstration is unclear at this time. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Authorities have been dispatched to the scene.
- SANDTON – 31 MAR 2022 (09H00) President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to appear before the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday, 01 April 2022. The hearing will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton at 09H00. President Ramaphosa will give evidence at the National Investigative Hearing into the July 2021 unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. The Commission launched the investigative hearings to exercise its constitutional and statutory mandate in relation to the causes of the unrest and the impact of the unrest on human rights.
SOUTH AFRICA – KWAZULU-NATAL – 31 MAR 2022
- DURBAN – 30 MAR 2022 (22H55) UPDATE Ethekwini Metro Police have reportedly also discovered illegal electricity connections in several buildings within the Durban CBD. Various store owners have been fined for trading without a business licence. Further Police operations are underway. (21H50) Ethekwini Metro Police units have launched an ongoing operation in several areas of the Durban Central Business District (CBD) in a bid to enforce compliance. Police operations are currently underway in Bertha Mkhize Street, where occupants of a building are being searched and requested to produce identification documentation. Reports indicate that Police have arrested illegal immigrants during the search operation. The matter is ongoing. Motorists are advised to remain vigilant for possible unrest when travelling in affected areas.
- ETATANE – 31 MAR 2022 (01H00) Vehicle fire reported on the N3 Northbound approaching the intersection of Colenso and Winterhold in the vicinity of Etatane. Reports indicate that a truck is on fire on the roadway. The truck is obstructing traffic movement on the N3 Northbound. The reason for the fire remains undetermined. Emergency services are on the scene. Motorists are advised to exercise extreme caution when approaching the scene.
- DURBAN – 31 MAR 2022 (06H15) The eThekwini Municipality has announced a planned water outage scheduled for today, 31 March 2022, in several areas of the north, central, south, and inner west regions in the municipality. The interruption is due to a valve failure in the vicinity of the Durban Heights Treatment Works of uMgeni Water. The municipality has stated that due to a valve failure, the uMgeni Water Main Reservoir has been isolated from undertaking repairs. Repairs are underway, and updates will be provided to the public as the situation progresses.
- ESHOWE – 31 MAR 2022 (08H40) UPDATE Demonstrators are attempting to loot a still standing truck on the R66 in Eshowe. Additional Police officers have been dispatched to the scene. (06H40) Protest reported on the R66 between Eshowe and Nkwaleni near the Umlalazi river bridge. Community members are burning tyres and debris on the road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and use an alternative route for the duration of the protest. Police are dispatched to the scene.
- MACHUNWINI – 31 MAR 2022 (08H40) Road closure reported on the R56 at Machunwini. This is due to a heavy motor vehicle accident. Emergency services are on the scene. Motorists are advised to use the N2 as an alternative route.
SOUTH AFRICA – LIMPOPO – 31 MAR 2022
- PIETERSBURG/ POLOKWANE – 30 MAR 2022 (23H00) The provincial Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party has condemned the poor condition of roads in the Limpopo province. The party has stated that the deterioration of road infrastructure indicates that the Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) and the Department of Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure are failing to provide services. This follows after RAL recently released a report indicating that, with the current allocation of funds, the agency is expected to take up to 115 years to upgrade all gravel roads in the province. EFF Member of the Limpopo Legislature Lilian Manaka has called on RAL to improve its internal capacity and focus on improving road infrastructure across the province.
SOUTH AFRICA – MPUMALANGA – 31 MAR 2022
- NELSPRUIT/ MBOMBELA – 30 MAR 2022 (23H15) Road closure reported on the N4 between the Mara and Mabalel intersection, approximately seven kilometres outside Mbombela. The road has been closed to traffic to allow recovery operations following a motor vehicle accident. Emergency services are on the scene. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
- NELSPRUIT/ MBOMBELA – 31 MAR 2022 (01H20) The N4 between the Mara and Mabalel intersection approaching Mbombela has been reopened to allow the movement of traffic. This follows after the road had been closed due to a motor vehicle accident.
- NELSPRUIT/ MBOMBELA – 31 MAR 2022 (08H30) Road closure expected on the N4 between Valencia Link and Croc Valley from 13H00 and at the Montrose intersection from 14H00 today, 31 March 2022. The roads will be closed for scheduled blasting. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes during this time.
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTH WEST – 31 MAR 2022
- MAHIKENG – 31 MAR 2022 (09H20) The North West Provincial Police are investigating alligations made on social media that Police sexually assaulted a female victim in Bokone village, Mahikeng. A preliminary investigation regarding the allegations indicates that no case of sexual assault has been registered at one of the Police Stations in Mahikeng. Police management stated that criminal activities will not be condoned in the South African Police Service (SAPS).
SOUTH AFRICA – NORTHERN CAPE – 31 MAR 2022
- KIMBERLEY – 31 MAR 2022 (06H10) Protest expected in Kimberley today, 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 – 31 MAR 2022
- CAPE TOWN – 30 MAR 2022 (22H50) National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) Spokesperson Phakamile Majola has announced that the Union is engaged in discussions with employers and the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council. The discussions have reportedly been ongoing since February 2022. The Union has tabled several commands, including that the lowest-paid employee is paid R12,000 per month, which is an increase from the current R7,800. The Union also demands an across-the-board increase that includes allowances. Employees are also demanding a financial contribution from employers to be able to afford medical aid coverage. Spokesperson Majola has stated that NUMSA is expected to launch an industrial action if discussions with the Bargaining Council continue to collapse.
- CAPE TOWN – 31 MAR 2022 (04H45) Department of Finance and Economic Development Member of Executive Council (MEC) David Maynier has called for the privatisation of the Port of Cape Town. This follows as Maynier has recently described the Port as a disaster zone. The MEC has stated that he is expected to engage with Transnet Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Portia Derby to discuss the Port’s operations in due course.
- CAPE TOWN – 31 MAR 2022 (06H50) Road closure reported on the R310 Baden Powell Drive between Muizenburg and Strandfontein. The road is closed due to sea debris on the road. Motorists are advised to use an alternative route. Traffic officers have been dispatched to the area.
UPCOMING EVENTS – 31 MAR 2022
- JOHANNESBURG: The African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) President, Bathabile Dlamini, is scheduled to appear before the Johannesburg Central Magistrates Court on Friday, 01 April 2022, at 08H30, for her perjury case.
- SANDTON: President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to appear before the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on Friday, 01 April 2022. The hearing will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Sandton at 09H00.
- TSHWANE/PRETORIA: Protest expected by the members of the Forgotten Nation on Wednesday, 06 April 2022, at the Department of Employment and Labour.
- BLOEMFONTEIN: The pre-trial hearing of former Premier Ace Magashule and co-accused in the asbestos corruption case are expected to start on Sunday, 10 April 2022.
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