South African truckers to protest poor highway-port connectivity
Independent owner-operator truckers in the South African port of Durban were expected to conduct an 'air horn' demonstration outside the port today to protest stifling delays getting into the port's container terminal.
Traffic bottlenecks in its terminals have hurt the efficiency at Durban, which handles roughly two-thirds of all container traffic through South Africa, slowing the unloading of ships and angering truckers who queue up to pick up the their boxes.
In an interview Tuesday, Terry Hutson, editor and publisher of the Durban-based publication Ports & Ships, said truckers are frustrated with the connectivity between the highway linking Durban and Johannesburg and the terminal itself.
He said the 600-kilometer highway is wide and efficient and it takes truckers little more than six hours to go from Durban to Johannesburg, the largest consumption region in the country.