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South African trucking companies are “forced” to hire foreign drivers because there is a shortage of local drivers with the skills to transport special cargo, especially hazardous material.
This is according to the forum representing truck owners, which met Police Minister Bheki Cele, Home Affairs Minister Siyabonga Cwele, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant and National Police Commissioner Khehla Sitole in Durban yesterday.
The meeting was to address the attacks on trucks on the N3 that saw more than nine burnt in the past three weeks.
The owners were represented by the Positive Freight Solution Forum, which represents about 3000 truck owners around the country.
The employment of foreigners is said to be the reason behind the attacks.
The forum’s Aven Naidu said allegations that their members employed foreigners because they provide cheap labour were not true as the salaries are negotiated by the bargaining council in the freight industry.