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Nationwide Truckers Strike Expected to Disrupt Freight Transport in South Africa

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Unionized truckers represented by the All Truck Drivers Forum and Allied South Africa (ATSD-ASA) are reportedly planning to stage a nationwide shutdown strike on May 20, targeting major routes and highways.

ATSD-ASA has not formally announced plans to protest. Participation in the strike action and any potential protests remains unclear but could disrupt freight transport across the country.

The motive for the action is not confirmed but is likely related to the employment of foreign nationals instead of local drivers.

Potential protests include road blockages and go-slow convoys along major highways and in urban areas, likely prompting significant transport disruptions.

The strike and potential protests may prompt temporary goods shortages. Increased security is likely near any protests that materialize.

Clashes between protesters and security officials cannot be ruled out, especially if officials attempt to disperse crowds or remove roadblocks. Rogue acts of vigilantism targeting foreign truckers are also possible.

Confirm all freight arrangements on May 20; consider alternate shipping arrangements for critical items. Avoid all protests as a security precaution and to mitigate associated disruptions.

Do not attempt to cross any protester roadblocks. Heed instructions from security services and leave the area at the first sign of a confrontation.

Rachel Adams

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