Strike to hit us harder
Consumers face more empty shelves and dry petrol pumps this weekend as negotiations between the South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union and Road Freight Employers' Association remain deadlocked.
"There are no changes. Negotiations have failed to yield any results and we are now forging ahead with our planned rail and ports strike," the union's general secretary Zenzo Mahlangu said.
Workers are demanding a 12% wage increase, but the employers' association is offering 8%.
The union has indicated its willingness to go down to 10%.
"As things stand, we are busy mobilising our members for a one-day mass demonstration tomorrow," said Mahlangu.
Though the union denies violence, two truck drivers are currently fighting for their lives after they came under attack while on duty.
One was shot while driving on the N3 Johannesburg-bound near Cato Ridge in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands late on Tuesday evening.
ER24 spokesman Derrick Banks said the driver, who is in his late 40s, underwent emergency surgery for his injuries.
The man drove himself about 10km to the Camperdown Police Station to get help.
"Paramedics arrived at the scene and found the driver inside the station.
"They assessed him and found he had a gunshot wound to the leg and that he had lost a lot of blood," Banks said.
He was transported to Hillcrest Private Hospital for further medical care.
In Cape Town, a truck driver was set alight, allegedly by protesters, in Manenberg on Monday.
The driver, 62, sustained burns on his face, lips and hand.
He also suffered brain trauma as a result of a lack of oxygen, and is in a critical condition.
On Monday, truck driver Gary Stewart, 41, died when life-support machines were switched off. He was a passenger in a truck travelling on the N2 in Cape Town when strikers stoned the vehicle and hit him on the head with a brick.