- Amidst the truck attacks that have been ongoing, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says the government want to make employment a priority for locals
- According to the Premier, roundabout 400 jobs will be made available for South African truck drivers
- Arrangements have been made by the government to ensure that there will be peace in the truck industry in Mzansi
The previous week was filled with truck attacks in Mzansi due to locals protesting about foreign nationals "taking" their jobs. In an attempt to intervene, a number of truck owners in the KwaZulu-Natal province have opted to make jobs for locals a priority.
KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala says that the government has come to an agreement with stakeholders to make jobs for South African citizens in the truck industry a matter of importance. Owners of trucks have committed to making sure at least 400 jobs will be available for South Africans.
Truck attacks were becoming a concern in the country according to Zikalala:
"Trucks were torched and drivers were attacked in a long-standing dispute over the employment of foreign nationals in the country."
Zikalala added that arrangements had been made for agreements to be reached in order to sort out the problem. If these are implemented in the correct manner, it will ensure peace in the truck industry.
"We agreed that truck drivers operators must with immediate effect prioritise the employment of South African truck drivers," he said.
Zikalala concluded by saying that every foreign national working in the industry should be properly licensed and be issued the appropriate permits from the Department of Home Affairs.
Briefly.co.za previously reported that the ongoing truck protests may result in food shortages. The truck attacks and protests that have been currently taking place in South Africa could have serious consequences for supermarkets. As it is, many supermarkets struggle to keep their shelves fully stocked during the festive season.
Industry experts believe that some cargo owners might pause sending goods around the country and as a result, this could cause small-scale food shortages. Two lorries have been burnt on the N12. A number of trucks have been burnt, stolen and looted during the course of these attacks. One person was found dead following an attack last week.
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