For the reason that mass torching of vehicles on the N3 Mooi River in 2018, the trucking trade has confronted quite a few challenges which have threatened not solely the sustainability of the sector however, to some extent, the soundness of the African financial system says Anton Cornelissen, head of Santam Heavy Haulage.
The previous 18 months haven’t been any simpler for the sector, he mentioned. “The continuance of sporadic torching of vehicles and assaults on truck drivers, service supply protests and looting, the lockdown and varied restrictions related to the Covid 19 pandemic have additional crippled the trade.
“Due to the restrictions and limitation of transportation of essential goods during the hard lockdown, transporters have seen a massive drop in their turnovers, with most having to downsize and some even permanently closing. Those who are lucky enough to be still operational now have to stretch their staff and chase deadlines, which places further pressure and fatigue on drivers due to the long hours on the road – a major concern.”
Cornelissen added that as a result of latest extensions in the validity of expired driver’s licenses, most drivers haven’t needed to do their medical check-ups to resume their skilled driving permits (PRDPs), which is a well being and security hazard.
“These factors are highlighted by the rise in the number of single-vehicle accidents, which can be attributed mainly to driver error. This has been the main reason why, over the past few years, Santam has collaborated with the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) to advocate for driver wellness.”
What truck drivers earn in South Africa
Regardless of these points, the heavy haulage trade nonetheless supplies a gradual revenue for hundreds of South Africans.
The Division of Labour revealed its minimal wages for South Africans who drive as wholesale and retail truck drivers, in February 2021, with these modifications taking impact from March.
In response to the laws, drivers are paid in accordance with what a part of South Africa they’re primarily based:
|Space A||Areas round Bergrivier, Breede Valley, Buffalo Metropolis, Cape Agulhas, Cederberg, Metropolis of Cape City, Metropolis of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Metropolis of Tshwane, Drakenstein, Ekurhuleni, Emalahleni, Emfuleni, Ethekwini Metropolitan Unicity, Gamagara, George, Hibiscus Coast, Karoo Hoogland, Kgatelopele, //Khara Hais, Knysna, Kungwini, Kouga, Hessequa native authority, Lesedi, Makana, Mangaung, Matzikama, Metsimaholo, Middelburg (Mpumalanga), Midvaal, Mngeni, Mogale, Mosselbaai, Msunduzi, Mtubatuba, Nama Khoi, Nelson Mandela, Nokeng tsa Taemane, Oudtshoorn, Overstrand, Plettenbergbaai, Potchefstroom, Randfontein, Richtersveld, Saldanha Bay, Sol Plaatjie, Stellenbosch, Swartland, Swellendam, Theewaterskloof, Umdoni, uMhlathuze and Witzenberg.|
|Space B||All Areas not listed in Space A.|
For many who work as drivers, the utmost permissible variety of hours per week is 45. Damaged down right into a working week of 5 days, which represents a most of 9 hours per day.
Drivers can work time beyond regulation and conform to work six-day weeks, relying on the settlement they’ve with their employer.
|Driver kind||Space A||Space B|
|Gentle (3,500 kg or much less)||R4,229.22||R4,229.22|
|Medium (3,501 kg – 9,000 kg)||R5,085.20||R4,229.22|
|Heavy (9,001 kg – 16,000 kg)||R5,535.62||R5,264.60|
|Very Heavy (16,001 kg or over)||R6083.53||R5,787.15|
It needs to be famous that these are minimal wages and will not be reflective of what extra skilled drivers can earn in South Africa.
Drivers can even earn considerably extra primarily based on which corporations they drive for and what haulage they carry.
Information sourced from wage web site Certainly exhibits that the bottom wage for a truck driver is nearer to R10,324 monthly in South Africa – or roughly R124,000 a yr.
Comparative wage knowledge from Payscale exhibits that the typical pay is barely decrease at R98,225 a yr, or R8,185 a month.
Whereas South Africa’s trucking trade faces one thing of a disaster, a extreme scarcity of truck drivers in the US and UK has led to extra corporations bringing in drivers from overseas.
Craig Fuller, the founder and chief govt of the info and data agency Freightwave, advised Bloomberg that corporations are more and more turning to drivers from South Africa and Canada as staff from these international locations can usually converse English, making it simpler to get the mandatory license.
This was echoed by Arnoux Mare, chief govt of Revolutionary Options Group, who advised RSG that this isn’t a brand new pattern and that South Africans have been in demand for a while.
The UK authorities is seeking to make hundreds of visas obtainable to international staff in response to the escalating disaster round gas shortages and empty grocery store cabinets, mentioned Nicola Digby, a senior advisor at specialist immigration agency Sable Worldwide.
“Workers of all nationalities are invited to apply, with the majority expected to come from the EU. Although exact criteria for the scheme have not yet been released, it is anticipated that the visas will form part of the T5 Temporary Worker category,” she mentioned.
“The government is also expected to make an additional 5,500 visas available for seasonal workers within the poultry industry.”
Bloomberg reported earlier this week that the UK has solely obtained 127 functions from fuel-tanker drivers wanting to return to Britain, which prime minister Boris Johnson mentioned illustrated the worldwide scarcity of drivers.
“What we said to the road haulage industry was fine, give us the names of the drivers that you want to bring in and we’ll sort out the visas,” Johnson mentioned on BBC TV, after the UK introduced a program to carry in migrant drivers to handle a gas and supply-chain disaster.
“They only produced 127 names so far.” Britain has mentioned it’s open to issuing a complete of 5,000 short-term visas to plug essential gaps in its labor market, significantly for the transportation of gas following vital outages at fuel stations.