Archive for September, 2012

Strike Ends – 14:30 12/10/2012

Posted on September 25th, 2012

**25 September 2012

Good day,

Just a quick update on the ongoing transport strike. There are a few areas of unrest at the moment, most notably in and around the JHB CBD. The biggest hotspot at the moment is Beyers Naude Square, with reports of transport vehicles being stoned by the gathered protesters.

Wage negotiations are ongoing between employers and the unions in question but a resolution is as yet forthcoming. In the meantime, we are endeavouring to get our deliveries and collections done on time with as few disruptions as possible. We will notify all those who’s deliveries or collections we weren’t able to carry out but are confident so far that all operations are continuing as normal.

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**26 September 2012 – 09:00am

Good day,

An update on the strike. Wage negotiations have so far yielded no results and the strike continues. The JHB CBD is a certain no go area this morning as striking workers continue to pelt passing motorists and other transport vehicles with stones. There are also reports coming in from Pinetown in Durban of strikers intimidating workers so we will keep an eye on that area too. We had a number of collections and deliveries in Johannesburg yesterday that could not be completed as a reult of this mass action but we will endeavour to get these shipments out today. Further updates as events unfold.

**26 September 2012 – 11:00am

Things are not progressing well. There is no clear resolution in sight and more areas are being severely impacted. Reports are coming in from Germiston, Ormonde and the Crown Mines areas of violence and intimidation. Deliveries and possibly collections later in these regions are, for now, not possible.

**26 September 2012 – 12:00pm

Further updates coming in of more areas affected. These are currently considered high risk areas but we will still attempt collections and deliveries and advise accordingly. Please see below:

Isando
Jet Park
Kempton Park
Elandsfontein
Spartan
Diepsloot
Township areas near the Vaal
Kwathemba
Aeroport

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**27 September 2012 – 11:00am

The strike moves into its 4th day with as yet no sign of a resolution on the horizon. In the meantime, reports of violence and intimidation continue to flood in. The following areas (and their immediate surrounds) have been considered no-go areas:

Pretoria Central
Johannesburg CBD
Germiston
Edenvale
Kempton Park
Randburg
Fourways

**27 September 2012 – 11:50am

More incidents being reported in Alrode (where a transport vehicle was burnt) as well as on the R21 near OR Tambo where vehicles are being stoned and petrol bombed.

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01 October 2012 – 08:30am

The strike continues to roll on unabated with reports coming of unrest in the following areas:

Germiston
Kempton Park – near the airport
Johannesburg CBD
Modderfontein will be avoided in the morning but will be serviced in the afternoon.

01 October 2012 – 16:50pm

Reports coming in of unrest in Port Elizabeth. Vehicles there have apparently been set on fire. So far, deliveries have proceeded without incident but we have cautioned our drivers to be on the lookout for any trouble.

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02 October 2012 – 12:30pm

News reports coming in this morning that SATAWU plan to intensify their mass action in the wake of little or no response to their wage demands. Our drivers are being urged to exercise extreme caution and have been advised to turn back if they enter an area of unrest. One report today of a driver being intimidated in Pretoria and being ordered to turn around by strikers.

02 october 2012 – 14:00pm

We have pulled our vehicles out of the Isando area due to unrest so collections in this area today are unfortunately going to be compromised.

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04 October 2012 – 10:15am

Please note there will be a march in Cape Town today starting at 10:00 until 14:00 where protesting Union members will be marching to Parliament to voice their grievances concerning wages.  This march is starting in Salt River and will pass through Woodstock before ending in the City centre. Please note there might be disruptions when doing deliveries or collections in these areas today.

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09 October 2012 – 10:15am

We are pulling vehicles out of Maitland, Woodstock & Paarden Eiland as striking workers there are pelting the vehicles with stones.  In JHB, Boksburg and Germiston & the CBD are currently no-go areas due to massive unrest. Reports are also in of problems in Bloemfontein which is affecting collections and deliveries.

Due to the ongoing strike in the mining sector, the following mines will not be serviced until a resolution is reached:

Sishen Iron Mine (Kathu)
UMK – Hotazel
Kumba Mine – Postmasburg
All Kuruman Mines

Negotiations continue today and we remain hopeful that a resolution will be reached soon.

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11 October 2012 – 10:25am

Areas in Cape Town that are no go areas today due violent mass action: Airport and Epping Industria.

11 October 2012 – 14:00pm

Drivers in Kempton Park and Boksburg have reported unrest in these areas so we are pulling our vehicles out effective immediately.

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12 October 2012 – 14:30pm

After three weeks of toil and protracted wage negotiations, unions and their employers have reached an agreement, thus bringing an end to the strike that has crippled the transport sector. We’d like to thank our loyal clients for your patience and understanding during this difficult period and we look forward to operations returning to normal.

 

Strike 24 – 25 September 2012

Posted on September 19th, 2012

Good day,

Once again, we have received word of an impending strike that is due to hit the transport and logistics industry. This mass action is scheduled for the 24th and 25th of September (next Monday and Tuesday). We are confident that our own drivers and employees will not be involved, but we cannot rule out the possibility of this mass action potentially affecting collections and deliveries on Tuesday (Monday obviously being Heritage Day). While we will strive to ensure that we attend to your important shipments on that day, please be aware of this situation.

We will keep you updated during the course of the day on hot spots or potential no go areas as well as update you during the course of this week regarding any changes in schedule surrounding the strike action.

Thank you once again for your support and understanding in this regard.