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Government almost reaching an agreement with truck drivers and stakeholders – Mbalula

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Minister of Transport, Mr Fikile Mbalula, says that government engagement with truck drivers and key stakeholders in the trucking industry is on the verge of a conclusive agreement.

In a statement Mbalula said,

“This week, we continued our engagements with truck drivers until late on Tuesday, 14 June 2022 and we believe we are on the verge of concluding an agreement on the proposed interventions. The Tuesday discussions were on the back of previous engagements where the government took the stakeholders into confidence on the measures being implemented to address the issues previously raised.”

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“I have been working around the clock with Ministers of Labour & Employment and Home Affairs together with affected stakeholders to address the issues raised by the truck drivers and small truck operators.

“We have taken note of the complaints about the sluggish pace of implementing interventions in areas that we have agreed on. A follow-up engagement is scheduled for Sunday, 19 June 2022, with all stakeholders. We, therefore, call for an end to the blockade of the roads and for truck drivers to allow the engagement process to run its course.

‘We must all appreciate that we all have a responsibility to ensure that economic activity is not hampered as this will inevitably lead to job losses as a result of an economic downturn.”

Read also: Dozens of striking truck drivers arrested, recovery of trucks ongoing

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Mbalula’s comments comes at the backdrop of multiple road blockades around the country by truck drivers led by the All Truck Drivers Foundation Allied South Africa (ATDF-ASA).

Mbalula did not reveal the proposed interventions.

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