Transport strike hits ATMs

2012-09-28 16:00

Cape Town - The transport strike, which is already causing damage to the economy by interrupting delivery of fuel and urgently needed items across all sectors, has now hit banking clients.

Capitec Bank Holdings [JSE:CPI] said in an SMS to clients on Friday that the transport strike is limiting cash to ATMs.

Online retailer also warned consumers of a delay in purchase deliveries due to the strike.

South Africa has been hit by an often violent strike of about 20 000 workers in the road freight transport sector over wages since September 24.

The South African Express Parcel Association (SAEPA), which strongly condemned the violence and intimidation accompanying the truckers strike, said the labour action is having a huge impact on the economy.

"The strike is interrupting deliveries of fuel and urgently needed items which mining, manufacturing and agriculture rely on to keep the economy growing.

"It is causing lost productivity and lasting damage to the economy.

"It also puts at risk members of the public dependent on express delivery for urgently needed medication and other vital items," said SAEPA.

Capitec advised clients to buy and pay accounts by card as well as draw cash at supermarkets. Although card payments incur no costs, supermarket withdrawals will cost clients R1, no matter how much they draw.

Capitec's SMS reads "buy/pay accounts by card - no fees or get cash @ supermarkets - R1! (limits may apply)".

In its "Truck drivers’ strike notice", said "the current transport workers’ strike may cause a disruption to our normal delivery. We apologise for any inconvenience caused."

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 - Fin24


  • khell1 - 2012-09-28 16:06

    I've got a 30ton side tipper link as well as a car to assist with deliveries. If the bastards don't want to work, there is many others that are more than willing to do the job.

      colin.dovey - 2012-09-28 16:32

      Trouble is, the folk that WANT to work are being intimidated by thugs

  • FANNYDNA - 2012-09-28 16:08


      wendy.webb.980 - 2012-09-28 17:23

      READ the article. Draw your cash at the supermarket.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-28 16:15

    This has to be the most disfunctional country in the world! How long are the powers that be going to allow these goons to hold the country to ransom????? FFS grow a pair and fire the lot!!!!!!!!!

  • david.barkhuizen - 2012-09-28 16:16

    Thanks Julius (and unspoken backers) and Jacob (and unspoken backers) - you're successfully tearing apart an entire country.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-09-28 16:28

    Driving a truck is hardly difficult. Fire them all.

      chrisbroodrykjnr - 2012-09-28 16:41

      Any job is easy until you must fill the persons shoes doing it. Truck driving aint that difficult I agree but the energy concentration it takes driving those long distances is where the trick comes in. Cause while you sleep piecefully in your bed every night they drive to ensure you receive all your goods on time. The only time they actually het to rest is when they arrive at the client premises early or busy loading the goods. Try constant concentration on driving is physically and emotionally tireing. I would know I did it 4 nearly 2 years

      goyougoodthing - 2012-09-28 16:49

      Sure it is. But it comes down to supply and demand. Having a licence is not exactly a scarce commodity.

      Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-09-28 17:10

      Moron!!! You drive tons of goods 14 hours a day then speak!!! Damn idiot!!

      hartmut.gneiting - 2012-09-28 17:24

      You are right. But it is hard work. And nobody wants to work in our forsaken country any more.

  • rohin.jadin - 2012-09-28 16:31

    thank goodness for debit and credit cards.

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-09-28 16:44

    South Africa needs a Margaret Thatcher to sort out our unions and strikers. Unfortunately SA's spineless government will do nothing about this economic disaster that we are facing.

  • chrisbroodrykjnr - 2012-09-28 16:44

    Thank you Lord for creating clever people to invent internet banking.

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-09-28 16:49

    For a change dont be negative let us all celebrate lack of cash in the atms: yheeeeeee fantastic news!! You made my weekend.

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-09-28 17:00

    EISH...and when the gasoline drivers start....then WE all...gonna stand still....SA is DOOMED...thanks to the ANC

  • Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-09-28 17:20

    My bank is a cool bank - just loooove capitec!! And by the way, how did a great gesture done by a bank become a race issue? In my opinion only people that lack the ability to formulate a reasonable argument play the race card - the ultimate conversation joker card!! Fact: the gap between rich and poor is growing. Fact: services are more expensive and we need more money. Fact: Striking and destroying the economy that is left is definately not the best way to get higher wages. How is that for formulating an argument - and lo and behold - not a word of race mentioned ;)

  • rayno.grever - 2012-09-28 18:27

    How are people so oblivious or impervious to what is happening in SA with regards to strikes? My advise to Capitec Bank clients: accept the free mobile and internet banking on offer from the bank so you can have access to your money if another truck driver strike takes place

  • sipho.skepu - 2012-09-28 18:30

    Bring in the force.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-28 19:46

    I trust the unions are paying for all the damage to property.

  • annemarie.vandendoel.9 - 2012-10-01 07:11

    Ordered some Thai Baht from Standerd Bank about two weeks ago, went to fetch it on Saturday. They just told us 'sorry no forex delivery due to strike'. If we don't get it next Saturday we have a big problem.

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