Let foreign truckers drive


As of 20 June 2022, 213 foreign truck drivers had been arrested for operating illegally this year. This has been accompanied by local truck drivers staging economically devastating protests across the N3 and other major highways. These protests are already predicted to have cost the economy over R300 million.

Through all of this, many are blaming foreign truck drivers. But they are not the ones hurting the economy through destructive protests. If anything, they are the ones keeping it alive by maintaining crucial supply chains across the country.

To solve the problem of foreign truck drivers, an 11-point plan has been agreed upon by the South African Transport Union (Satawu), the industry bargaining council, the All Truck Drivers Alliance (ATDF), and the Transport Association of South Africa (Tasa).
The plan, in essence, involves restricting the rights of foreign truck drivers, bringing foreign truck drivers in line with restrictive SA labour laws (that don’t help anyone), and the tightening of visa requirements.

The knee jerk reaction by many is that foreigners are taking South African jobs, and this must stop. Local is lekker, right? Well, not necessarily
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Love wins!

By Graham Duxbury @TheRealDux


On this day in 1964, the Border 100 race at the East London Grand Prix circuit was won by John Love in his Cooper T55 Climax (pictured) ahead of Peter de Klerk driving his locally-constructed Alfa Special and Ernest Pieterse in his ex-Jim Clark Lotus 21 Climax.

Love had claimed pole position, but it was De Klerk who led away at the start from Love, Pieterse, Doug Serrurier (LDS Alfa Romeo) and Sam Tingle in another LDS-Alfa.

Love soon passed De Klerk for the win with Pieterse in hot pursuit in third. Tingle was fourth from Gordon Henderson’s Scorpion-Alfa and Jackie Pretorius’ LDS Climax.

This was the sixth round of a ten-race series counting towards the ’64 SA Drivers’ Championship which, at year’s end, was won by Love from De Klerk, Trevor Blokdyk (Cooper Maserati), Clive Puzey (Lotus 18 Climax) and Pieterse. 

The 1964 season represented the end of an era, for SA’s F1 rules would allow F1 cars to double their engine capacity (from 1.5 to three litres) for 1965. It was a move that anticipated the F1 World Championship which introduced the new regulation for 1966.

Photocredit: Motorsport Media


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