There is a common slogan – that, “Without trucks, South Africa stops!” Never has this been more true than now in the time of the Coronavirus pandemic. With the national Lockdown, and more and more countries in Africa introducing strict measures, it is the road freight operators who will ensure that much-needed products are delivered – on time, to the right people, at the right place. We at the Road Freight Association are committed to playing our part to ensure that “as long as trucks are around, South Africa will not stop !!”
The Road Freight Association (RFA) which is the voice of the road freight industry, is hard at work supporting the industry and our Members during these times. Business is NOT as usual and there is much confusion surrounding operations – especially at ports and borders, but the stringent Lockdown measures introduced must be taken to prevent the spread of the virus. These are NOT normal times.
Regular social media posts keep truckers up-to-date with the operational challenges as they occur, whilst the RFA uses its network in the background to try to unlock or solve these to ensure that the essential goods are delivered.
In the past few weeks, the RFA has:
However, we are still trying to resolve this matter in the North West province, which closed their offices after business on 24 March without making contingency plans for issuing permits. The RFA has been engaging with Departmental staff since 27 March on this matter, but with no success. This matter has now been escalated to the Premier of the North West Province for urgent intervention.
We would like to thank all the government departments, agencies, industry and trade associations and private companies – both within our borders and beyond – that are working with us to ensure that the wheels of our economy keep turning and that the road freight industry continues to deliver much-needed goods at this critical time.
Over the coming weeks we will no doubt face more challenges, but we are confident that, by working together and with even greater collaboration, the trucking industry will continue to keep the wheels of the economy turning.
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