10 July 2019

South Africa: Transnet Go-Slow Hits Vehicle and Citrus Industries

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Can South Africa's economy get a break? A go-slow has hit the port operations of state-run logistics company Transnet, affecting production in the key auto industry and exports such as citrus. In this winter of our economic discontent, this is the last thing South Africa needs.

Transnet has confirmed in a brief statement sent to Business Maverick that workers at "port operations continue to engage in an illegal industrial action in the form of a 'go-slow'. Workers at the Ngqura Container Terminal have been on a go-slow since last week which has had a negative impact on other port operations." That is 20 km northeast of Port Elizabeth and is a key port for the auto industry.

"Meanwhile, operations at the Durban Container Terminal have also been impacted by equipment failure and high-level absenteeism," it said. Transnet has not provided any further details, including the reasons behind the dispute or the unions involved. Unions with members at Transnet include Satawu, but it did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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