Planned country-wide demonstrations planned on October 7, 2015 to mark World Day for Decent Work

The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa informs U.S. citizens of possible country-wide demonstrations planned for 9 am on October 7, 2015 to mark World Day for Decent Work.  The demonstrations are organized by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).  The total number of expected participants in each march is unknown at this time.  For up-to-date information on demonstration locations and march routes, please check the COSATU web site:http://www.cosatu.org.za/docs/misc/2015/npsa.pdf and monitor local news sources.

Eastern Cape

There is no information available about demonstrations in Eastern Cape at this time.

 Free State – Bloemfontein

The Bloemfontein march is expected to begin at Batho Police Station and march to Bophelo House.  The route is unknown at this time.

Gauteng – Johannesburg CBD

According to SAPS, the City of Johannesburg granted a permit for 3,000 people to demonstrate in the CBD.  The march is expected to begin at Peterrose Park and will proceed to the Premier of Gauteng’s Office, the Department of Labor, First National Bank, Telkom, the Chamber of Mines, and Mary Fitzgerald Square.  It is expected to end by 2pm.  The route is unknown at this time.

KwaZulu-Natal – Durban and other areas

The City of Durban issued a permit for 7,000 people to demonstrate.  The march is expected to begin at the King Dinuzulu Park (previously known as Bothas Park) and will proceed to City Hall.  Provincial marches are also planned in Manguzi, Kokstad, Newcastle/Dundee, Dumbe, Phongola, and Mzimkhulu.  The routes are unknown at this time.

 Limpopo – Polokwane

The Polokwane march is expected to begin at SABC Park and will proceed to Eskom, the Premier’s Office, and SARS.  The route is unknown at this time.

 

Mpumalanga – Emalahleni and Mbombela

The Emalahleni march will begin at Lynville Stadium and march to the Department of Labor.  The Mbombela march will begin at Alroe Park and march to the Nelspruit Police Station.  The routes are unknown at this time.

 Northern Cape – Kimberley and other areas

The Kimberley march will begin at the Premier’s Office.  Demonstrations are also planned in Upington, Springbok, Khartum, and De Aar.  No other details are available at this time.

Northwest – Rustenburg

The Rustenburg march is expected to begin at the Rustenburg taxi rank and will proceed to the Department of Labor.  The route is unknown at this time.

Western Cape – Cape Town and other areas

The City of Cape Town granted a permit for up to 10,000 people to demonstrate.  The march will gather at Keizergracht Mosque at 9am and depart at 11am for Parliament.  It is expected to end by 3pm.  Marches are also planned in Vredendal, Worcester, Pietburg, Matsikane, and Saldanha Bay.  The routes are unknown at this time.

U.S. citizens are reminded that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

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  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for South Africa.
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United States Embassy to the Republic of South Africa
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United States Consulate General, Durban
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2 Reddam Avenue
Tokai, Cape Town
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