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Shortage of truck and bus drivers in South Africa as in the US and UK

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South Africa is experiencing a shortage of skilled and qualified truck and bus drivers just like the US and the UK. This is according to Arnoux Maré, CEO of Innovative Solutions Group and Innovative Staffing Solutions.

He says early retirements and lockdown restrictions have caused a shortage of skilled and qualified truck and bus drivers in South Africa.

“Drivers are in such high demand, that employers simply do not have the capacity to allow them time off to enhance their skills and improve their abilities.”

Arnoux Maré, CEO of Innovative Staffing Solutions

Since the start of this year, there has been a shortage of about 3 000 truck and bus drivers, said Arnoux Maré, CEO of Innovative Solutions Group and Innovative Staffing Solutions.

Lockdowns have made it harder for new drivers to access training and get licensed, said Maré.

“This shortage leads to unskilled and illegal foreign national drivers being recruited. Drivers are in such high demand, that employers simply do not have the capacity to allow them time off to enhance their skills and improve their abilities. They are required to be behind the wheel every available moment,” he said.

“We are not against the appointment of foreign nationals, but they must come to South Africa with permits, all the requirements to work here, and also make sure that the people appointing them are in compliance with the laws of this country because that’s what makes it harder for South Africans to get a job – because the foreign nationals allow themselves to be used as cheap labour,” he said.


Anele Kiet, Satawu general secretary

According to Maré, the company employs and outsources over 7 500 drivers.

He said driver training is arguably the biggest intervention that can be made to reduce South Africa’s high road accident rate.

However, some employers may also be reluctant to train drivers, as they become more marketable and can be poached by competitors, said Maré.

Meanwhile, the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union, (Satawu) general secretary — Anele Kiet said foreign nationals are hired because they take whatever salary they are offered and don’t comply with the road freight bargain council.

“We are not against the appointment of foreign nationals, but they must come to South Africa with permits, all the requirements to work here, and also make sure that the people appointing them are in compliance with the laws of this country because that’s what makes it harder for South Africans to get a job – because the foreign nationals allow themselves to be used as cheap labour,” he said.

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  • Also, Maré said without skilled, committed truck drivers capable of safely operating multi-ton machines, much of the commerce in South Africa would grind to a halt.

    He added that the training given to drivers also provides logistic companies with the knowledge that drivers are adequately skilled for South African roads.

    Maré said in training drivers, driving centres go well beyond theoretical and practical driving experience and safety training, adding that the centres also get unemployed drivers ready for the market with job interviews and communication skills.

    “The training helps make drivers more aware of situations they may encounter on the road, such as heavy traffic, crime, bad weather conditions, fatigue and other drivers behaving irresponsibly, even faulty vehicle conditions,” he said, adding that the training centres help drivers understand how to respond to those conditions appropriately.

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    Watch: Teddy Mafia’s son-in-law targeted in Shallcross drive-by shooting

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    Kesavan Isaac Naidoo, the son-in-law of slain alleged Durban drug boss “Teddy Mafia” has survived a brazen attempted assassination on Wednesday, his family confirmed.

    The incident took place at about 10am in Shallcross, south of Durban.

    Naidoo, 41, is the son-in-law of Yaganathan Pillay – also known as Teddy Mafia.

    He was shot twice in a daylight hit on Table Mountain Drive. The incident was captured on CCTV.

    “Isaac was shot in both legs and his driver was shot in the hand. Both of them survived. They’re in hospital,” he said.

    Read also: Alleged Durban drug kingpin Teddy Mafia killed, suspects beheaded

    Pillay said Naidoo was in the back seat while his wife was in the front. The shooting, seen in the footage, takes place moments after they open the doors of their vehicle to get out.

    In the footage, a white vehicle can be seen driving along Table Mountain Drive before it is stopped, partially blocking the left hand side of the road. Thirteen seconds later, Naidoo’s vehicle, a white Toyota Fortuna, pulls up.

    The back passenger door of the Fortuner is opened, but it is not clear from the footage who the person was who opened it or if they got out of the vehicle.

    Naidoo’s wife is seen getting out of the front passenger side of the vehicle and walks towards the rear of the SUV.

    Suddenly, four men alight from the stationary vehicle, three of them drawing firearms and running towards the Fortuner, firing multiple shots. The fourth man stands next to the white car.

    As the bullets are fired, Naidoo’s driver accelerates and drives past the other vehicle. Naidoo is presumably in the vehicle as it speeds away, but this could not immediately be confirmed.

    Pillay said Naidoo was doing “OK”.

    Police have been approached for comment, and this story will be updated.

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    Facebook Down, Instagram and WhatsApp also offline

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    Facebook Down, Instagram and WhatsApp also offline

    Facebook is currently experiencing an outage impacting its family of sites including WhatsApp and Instagram.

    Most Facebook users are seeing an error message that says ‘This site can’t be reached.’ On Instagram, the error message shows as a 5xx Server Error message.

    The outage is impacting users on both desktop and mobile.

    “We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products,” Andy Stone, policy communications manager at Facebook, tweeted on Monday. “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

    Facebook Messenger and Oculus are also experiencing outages.

    The first reports on DownDetector.com started around 5pm.

    According to The Verge, the issue is likely related to a DNS issue. When Slack experienced an outage last week, it was also related to DNS issues.

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    Husband killed, wife critical as robbers open fire during Joburg home invasion

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    A home invasion on Sunday night left a man dead and his wife fighting for her life after they were shot by robbers in Randpark, Johannesburg.

    Emer-G-Med private emergency services paramedics found the man had sustained fatal gunshot wounds and he was declared dead.

    His wife was also shot several times and was stabilised before being taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment.

    Reports from the scene indicated there were several armed assailants.

    Police are investigating the incident.- TimesLIVE

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