If we ignore truck drivers’ issues, our economy will suffer
The blockades that have strangled SA’s major economic arteries will continue if truck owners and operators go unheard
Two weeks ago a string of trucks choked Van Reenen’s Pass, effectively cutting off the economic artery linking the port of Durban to the financial heart in Gauteng.
The truck drivers who parked their freight carriers, removed the keys and simply watched from the sidelines as chaos unfolded. They were signalling their protest about the employment of foreign truck drivers, again.
It came after a similar protest in October in the Eastern Cape didn’t elicit a response from minister of employment and labour Thulas Nxesi and minister of transport Fikile Mbalula, who had promised to look into the issue and report back to protesting owners and drivers of smaller domestic trucking companies...