Motorists experienced a major traffic jam on the N3 near Van Reenen’s Pass this week as lorry drivers protested against the employment of foreigners in the sector.
Both lanes have now been reopened.
The N12 road between Bloemhof and Wolmaranstad in the northwest also reopened overnight after being blocked by lorry drivers on Tuesday.
Truck drivers say they suspended the strike to allow their leadership to liaise with government officials. They say they hope their grievances will be resolved.
BUSA CEO Cas Coovadia says the impact of regular protests can scare off investors and contribute to the downfall of the economy.
“Government, business and workers meet often and we speak often and engage with NEDLAC. But we just don’t seem able to handle the tough issues we have to deal with. The bottom line is that we are not attracting investment, our economy is not growing, we are not creating jobs. We have to ask ourselves what the state has to do, what the economy has to do and what workers have to do. We have to bring employer representatives in the trucking together on how we can deal with this. We’re just not treating it as urgently enough and it needs to be treated as a crisis.”
Entire supply chain under attack
The Road Freight Association (RFA) also says government and the private sector must work together to find a solution to the blockade of key freight routes.
RFA CEO Gavin Kelly says despite legitimate concerns from striking drivers, the entire supply chain is under attack.
“This is a dueling process for the companies that are not complying with the regulations. If these guys made it clear to the Department of Labor that there were problems regarding the employment of illegal, undocumented workers, call them what you will, foreigners instead of citizens, why didn’t you take that information to the Department and put pressure on them? the department that deals with employers who don’t want to comply with the law? Yes, then it is about protesting where the employers are and continuing to put pressure on the authorities.”
Public and Private Sectors Must Find Quick Fixes to Blockade of Major Cargo Routes: BUSA – SABC News
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