SANDTON CENTRAL BRACES FOR SANDTON SHUTDOWN
The JSE in Maude Street will be at the heart of the planned Sandton Shutdown protest from 3am on Friday, September 13.
The Sandton Shutdown protest will be one, of what have become a series of protests in South Africa, highlighting the scourge of violence against women and children as well as xenophobic violence. The South African Constitution stipulates the right to be free from violence in public and private realms, yet the implementation of these laws has, nonetheless, been varied or mediocre and remedy to the law is restricted for many victims. Violence against women in children in South Africa is considered, by some non-profit organizations, to be the highest in the world for a country that is not at war.
The Sandton Shutdown protest will be made up of a coalition of 70 civil society activist groups, including Rise Up Against Gender Based Violence, Sonke Gender Justice and SWEAT, using the hashtag, #SandtonShutdown.
A large number of protestors are expected to attend the Sandton Shutdown. Organisers have confirmed that there will be 47 x 60 seater buses arriving at 3am. Numbers could grow to over 3000 with people coming in via public transport or private cars to join the protest.
100 ablution facilities will be delivered tonight at midnight for the protest, distributed as follows:
- 26 x Mushroom Park
- 5 x Rivonia Road [outside Nedbank at the corner of Maude]
- 40 x on Maude Street along the cycle lanes
- 4 x at VOC office at the Old Library parking
- 10 x West Street outside CitiBank
- 5 x on Fifth Street next to the Food Vendors
- 5 x on Fifth Street outside Sandton City opposite the Food Vendor
- 5 x on Fredman Drive outside Rand Merchant Bank
Organizers of the Sandton Shutdown protest insist that the protest will be peaceful.
“Friday is a peaceful protest. We are calling out to women from across Johannesburg. We want to shut Sandton down.”
– Action Aid, Lindelwe Nxumalo on eNCA
SAPS Public Order Policing and JMPD have met this week and will set up a VOC in the open parking at West Street and Deodar Lane. Provincial approval for resources and manpower to be diverted to Sandton, to support and manage the protestors, has been granted.
The plan is to create a dedicated area for the protest at corner Rivonia Road and Maude Street, outside The Marc and all along Maude Street. A full road closure is planned for Maude Street only between Rivonia Road and West Street.
Although some of the Sandton Shutdown activities are still unclear, the protest is planned to be a sit in around the JSE, from 3am to 3pm and there is no march planned around the CBD. The handing over of a memorandum to JSE Executives is scheduled to take place between 10am– 11am.
JMPD will manage traffic flow at the following intersections as these will be choke points in the CBD for the sit in protest:
- Rivonia Road and Maude Street
- Linden Road and Daisy Street
- Fredman Drive and Rivonia Road
- Gwen Lane and Fredman Drive
- Gwen Lane and Maude Street
- West Street and Maude Street
Sandton Shutdown call is an effort to ask Corporate SA to take part in the demonstration and also request funding for the initiative. Expect some level of disruption on the day, in parts of the CBD, closest to the JSE.
Businesses operating along Maude Street and only have entrances and exits on Maude Street i.e. Netcare and 82 on Maude will only be able to access Maude Street via West Street. Businesses and residents at The Marc, Nedbank, Sandown Village Office Park and Sandown Manor should use alternative entrances on Stella Street, Rivonia Road, Fredman Drive and/or Gwen Lane for the day.
Sandtonians are encouraged to wear black tomorrow in solidarity with the Sandton Shutdown protest.
Sandton Shutdown is a developing story.