Prepare to pay more for food

2012-10-09 14:23

Johannesburg - The truck drivers' strike is resulting in losses by suppliers of fresh produce and driving up prices, Agri SA said on Tuesday.

"Not only does it impact on essential daily provision of products to consumers but, unlike non-perishable products, involves direct losses," Agri SA president Johannes Möller said in a statement.

He said fresh produce could only be kept in storage for a limited amount of time before it spoiled.

"This will not only impact negatively on the financial position of producers, employees on farms and rural economies, but also on urban consumers who will have to pay higher prices due to the shortages."

The strike would affect South Africa's agricultural export market, as fresh produce suppliers could not get their products to foreign customers before they spoiled.

"Needless to add, foreign buyers, especially of fresh produce, will not tolerate poorer quality or inadequate provision as a result of local strikes, especially those that impact on harbour facilities," Möller said.

The SA Transport and Allied Workers' Union (Satawu) and Transnet had said the union would embark on a one-day strike for port and rail workers if the dispute involving truck drivers had not ended.

Möller suggested agricultural exporters had the opportunity to take advantage of a weakened rand if they were able to get their products out in a timely manner.

He said trucks transporting agricultural products had been affected by the strike. Farmers had stopped delivering sugar cane after shots were fired at trucks at a sugar mill in Underberg.

Trucks carrying vegetables had also been targeted in the Vaal Triangle.

Möller said the agriculture industry would have to consider whether liability for its losses could be reclaimed in some way.

"It cannot simply be written off for the account of a democratic right," Möller said.

On Tuesday three smaller unions: the Transport and Allied Workers Union of South Africa, the Motor Transport Workers Union and the Professional Transport Workers Union, agreed to suspend strike action and return to work.

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  • warren.rodel - 2012-10-09 14:48

    Ar stuff these strikes, these people should be fired!

      JuditVictor - 2012-10-09 15:12

      how silly - and surely this must affect their bonuses for Christmas? What a strange time to strike. Thing is the poor are so at risk with rising food prices, but why should the unions care about that.

      JuditVictor - 2012-10-09 15:13

      and just a question to those who know - do unions get a percentage of bonuses too? If not, then it just shows how little they care for the workers.

      Jellyarse - 2012-10-09 15:29

      South African food shopping is already more expensive than the UK and relatively, the UK is about thirty percent cheaper. Any excuse to increase prices and profits!

      ernst.j.joubert - 2012-10-09 16:09

      You know it baffles my mind. These individuals strike illegaly to get more money. Their strikes cause inflation to rise which requires that they pay more for goods which, in turn, eradicates the increases they receive. So what have they achieved?

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-09 14:50

    Make the Unions financially accountable for any and all losses suffered due to these strikes.

      heathway.master - 2012-10-09 15:04

      This is really good news. Everyone will jump at increasing prices even if they only use a 1 ton bakkie for transporting goods. Other really encouraging fact, is that once prices go up, they never ever come down, even if all mitigating factors are gone. To all you strikers, consider your mayhem and violence having really helped kick-start the Economy, at a time of massive unemployment.

  • Brian Dorning - 2012-10-09 14:55

    ordinary South Africans have to fit the bill for everything! its ridiculous

      warren.rodel - 2012-10-09 15:05

      Yar stuff these lazy people, the police must get rid of them.

      wendy.webb.980 - 2012-10-10 20:30

      The expression is "foot the bill". Michaelhouse education obviously isn't that good!

  • brendan.vogt.1 - 2012-10-09 14:58

    Now you want to hear these (nearly unemployed strikers) squeal like stuck pigs cause a packet of potatoes has gone from R20 to R40 a pckt. And the poor get even poorer all by their own doing.

  • david.mnyungula - 2012-10-09 14:59

    Everybody blame the strikers wht abt the employer

      warren.rodel - 2012-10-09 15:14

      ...uh, are you serious?

      loki.scribus - 2012-10-09 15:24

      I'm sure the employer isn't striking, so don't worry bout him. Jannie is probably trying to deliver as much as he can himself to honour his service guarantee to the people depending on him. If the drivers don't like the pay, why don't they get other jobs, or improve their skill sets to get a better position? As far as I know library subscriptions are free.

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-10-09 15:26

      Wht abt the emplyr. When he closes his business or retrenches staff because his has no goods to transport what then. If youwant more money look for a better paid job do not destroy the one that you have. IDIOT

      melanie.gardner.7528 - 2012-10-09 15:30

      you have no sense dude. why do your sort think that if you have a business you have a bottomless pit of money? try running a business idiot then come here and comment again

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-09 15:33

      The employers were offering above the CPI wich is about 6% now. They can't be blamed. Everyone (strikers) have been stuck on 22% or 12% in this case.

      jonomillion - 2012-10-09 15:40

      You obviously do not run or have ever thought of running a business. Social grant looks more attractive to you right?

  • Andrea - 2012-10-09 15:03

    We knew this was coming, who benefits indirectly from the higher prices we will now have to pay for everything? More VAT to go to state coffers now ...

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-09 15:03

    Hello...the prices of goods, food, petrol have been rising at a ludicrous pace for months, now it is the truckers fault. What a joke, they may be increasing the pace of price increases a bit, but causing it... what, is somebody trying to find a scapegoat.... prices are ludicrously to high all over at the moment, period.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-09 15:38

      This is normal in economics, any shortages drives up the price. Many strikes are also hurting the rand so petrol to go up again, food to go up again.

      JohnnoBfree - 2012-10-09 18:39

      Reading this and some of your other comments you sound like a real comrade. Communism does not work numbnuts!

  • Erna - 2012-10-09 15:05

    And the government is deafening in its silence!

      warren.rodel - 2012-10-09 15:06

      oh where, oh where is my ANC gone, oh where oh where can they be? That's right stealing our tax money

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  • lmoseamedi - 2012-10-09 15:17

    this was indeed a foreseeable ivent that was just waiting to happen as tym progressed with the continuation of the strikes

  • deon.meiring - 2012-10-09 15:18

    David, you tell us! What about the employer? How can they strike, burn down the employer's trucks....kill people with bricks through the windscreen? I am an employer. Not in the transport business, but we struggle to keep our doors open! Do you know what is the cost of replacing a burned out truck? dont know!

      loki.scribus - 2012-10-09 15:39

      Yes, that's one thing I don't get - why do they burn the trucks? What is the point of that?

      goldwright - 2012-10-09 19:58

      The mentality of some is mind boggling - you are a truck driver, so hey, why not burn a few trucks along the way? Just bite the hand that feeds you. Bloody useless fools.

  • carolyn.myburgh - 2012-10-09 15:21

    Cosato should pay for food to be delivered to shops they started this whole mess

  • stacey.harmse - 2012-10-09 15:25

    Why must we suffer for their stupidity???????

  • gail.welman - 2012-10-09 15:27

    I can see the day when we all sit in a desert area like most of the northern african areas, holding out our little begging bowls.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-09 15:32

    Well it must have affected the price of a packet of 500g mushrooms which cost R25.99 at the Spar!!!

  • Brian Dorning - 2012-10-09 15:37

    you are an idiot! there are legal sustainable means of negotiations, that are non violent! why burn out private property? Land reform is also going to contribute to food price hikes! 98% failure rate by 'land reform' farmers...its already a proven stat

  • thabani.ngema - 2012-10-09 15:38

    The Union Management will be paid this month and their bills will be paid, while this poor workers are striking and they will not get paid nor get bonuses....Go back to work! why strike now? what was your agreement with your employer regarding the wage negotiation.

  • kevin.critchfield - 2012-10-09 15:57

    Government must pay. It's their inability to keep law and order that prevents non striking trucks from making deliveries.

  • Tshilidzi Wa Ha Mukhovha - 2012-10-09 16:19

    Vavi must be Removed from his responsibility,I don't know why they re-elect him last month in Midrand. We are suffering because of him

  • Enid Molebatsi - 2012-10-09 16:29

    ooooohhhk! how abt we all go on strike en stop buying food?

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-09 16:36

    "..impact negatively on the financial position of.." = impoverish (verarm)

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-10-09 16:48

    This is the cANCer way. African politics at play. See how fast you can bring the country to it's knees. Kill the economy, bite the hands that feed you and when everything runs out, send Zipper Zoomer or whoever else gets elected, to the West with their begging bowls. The cANCer is keeping their sheeple uneducated and poor and these poor people cannot see the wood for the trees. What you sew, you reap. Wake up voters.

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-10-09 17:06

    Cry the beloved country.

  • Juda Scariot - 2012-10-09 17:15

    iUnions zizakuphelelisa abantu ngemisebenzi kwaye abantu mabayeke abanye abantu kwinto edibanisele nonyuso mivuzo

  • timothy.tanzer.5 - 2012-10-09 17:16

    These oaks just listen to their unions without thinking... the unions push these stupid agendas.... and the poor continue to suffer the most!

  • Melecia Boonzaaier - 2012-10-09 17:50

    I find it ironic that majority of the ones who strike are those who have more than 4 children and drink their money away. Their wives/girlfriends receive gov grants to raise the kids and they live in shacks. The increase will not be used to better the lives of the family or themselves. They will continue wasting money, and blaming apartheid and whites for their failure. That while others who receive the same salary (husband and wife working) do not have apartheid to hide behind make a decent living, paying off or renting small home, paying off a car and taking care of their max 2 kids!!!! Thats why BEE and AA makes you weak it doesnt give you any advantage, but the idiots are to stupid to realise it. Working for something and achieving it on your own makes you stronger not getting it for free.

  • david.lerato3 - 2012-10-09 18:40

    Guys the cost of living is high now, petrol increase, e-toll now is the food.

  • leonard.rom.7 - 2012-10-10 12:26

    thank you for striking unions you crippled south africa but dont we will all pay more yaye

  • leonard.rom.7 - 2012-10-10 12:37

    am so happy that 50 000 people make 44 million suffer viva strikers

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