The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has made an application to hold a protest march tomorrow, Wednesday, 7 March 2012. They expect approximately 20 000 participants to join the march.
Participants will gather at the Keizersgracht from 10:00. At 11:00 they will proceed down Darling Street, stopping at City Hall to hand over a memorandum to Transnet and the Cape Chamber of Business. The group will continue down Darling Street, turn left in to Adderley Street, left in to Spin Street, then in to Plein Street and to Parliament, where they will hand over a memorandum to the Minister of Labour.
The route has been approved and participants have been advised that they are to disperse by no later than 14:00.
Short-term temporary road closures will be in place to accommodate the march’s route.
It is expected that the march will result in some traffic congestion. Traffic officers will be on duty to assist, but residents are urged to plan alternative routes if possible and to avoid the city centre during this time.
The South African Police Services are the responsible lead agent for the event, but City of Cape Town law enforcement staff will assist in ensuring that the march is orderly and peaceful. There will be a heightened security presence at major transport interchanges and on public transport routes.
Contingency measures have been put in place in the event that municipal services are affected. Residents are requested to put their refuse bins out as usual. Should refuse not be collected by 21:00, residents are requested to please move their bins back inside their properties and put them out, together with any accumulation of bagged refuse, the following week on the scheduled day.
In informal settlements, residents are requested to use the shipping containers placed throughout the area.
The City will keep residents informed of the unfolding situation or amendments to this arrangement as required.
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