Fatal blow to our fragile economy - supply chain blockages must end now
Dr Juanita Maree - Chief Executive Officer - South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF)

The call from the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF)

Can our government leaders and legitimate labour organisations please stand up!

South Africa cannot afford to suffer the massive knock-on impacts emanating from disruptions to the supply chain caused by the blockade staged by hundreds of truck drivers down the N3, en route to Africa’s most important port, the Port of Durban.

International trade partners and investors need to see this nation come together to end this situation, to act decisively to end disruptive action causing self-inflicted calamities to an already fragile economy.

In support of the statements made by Business Unity South Africa and the Department of Transport, the Chief Executive Officer of The South African Association of Freight Forwarders, Dr Juanita Maree said today, “The situation has become untenable and is eroding the good efforts of Government and the Private Sector to create employment, to fast track reforms for economic growth aimed at facilitating trade expansion in an effort to restore our economy to good health. This is where the smooth flow of our supply chain plays a critical part.” 

The blockages caused by unresolved labour and social conflict will cost South Africa dearly as a  reputable international trade partner, due to a loss of investor confidence. “We are in a particularly delicate situation, which requires strong leadership; high unemployment, rising inflation and an already uncertain trading environment due to global dynamics call for unity. Consulted action by Government and the Private Sector to implement solutions is our collective responsibility,” points out Dr Maree.

The global move towards Localisation is an opportunity of high economic impact in the National restoration programme and it is at stake here, but cannot be lost to internal, unmanaged conflict – or is this sabotage?

SAAFF strongly condemns the blockage on the N3 and related disruptions, we add our voice to that of the Presidency, Business Unity South Africa and the Department of Transport, urgently calling for an end to the blockade of the roads, for the future of our country.