Lunga Simelane
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17 Jun 2022
7:00 am

N3 blocks by truck drivers ‘hurt economy’

Lunga Simelane

Toll road blockades can cost jobs, says economist

Traffic flows as the N3 Highway is reopened on 27 October 2021 in Harrismith, South Africa. Picture: Gallo Images/ Daily Maverick/Felix Dlangamandla

With truck drivers shutting down and blocking toll routes, the South African economy continues to face abrupt disruptions in its logistics chain. The N3 road was blocked yesterday for more than 24 hours, causing severe traffic delays. Chief economist of the Efficient Group Dawie Roodt said protests and road blocks by truck drivers would “without a doubt” undermine economic activity and potentially lead to job losses and more businesses closing. “We may call it economic sabotage but that is how we do things in South Africa, we undermine and disrupt things,” he said. Roodt said it was also important to...