Johannesburg - Retailer Pick n Pay Stores [JSE:PIK] warned
on Thursday that it was running low on some goods at its stores due to the
truck drivers' strike.
"The effect is most noticeable in fresh produce and
poultry," operations director Neal Quirk said.
Despite contingency plans being in place, shelves at some of
its outlets in the Johannesburg CBD had no stock. One store in Braamfontein had
signs up warning customers that stock was low due to non-delivery of goods.
"Our suppliers are in a similar position and the
situation could become worse should the strike continue."
A Shoprite Holdings [JSE:SHP] store a few blocks away had had no problems with
As far as filling stations in the CBD were concerned, only
one or two pumps were still supplying fuel at a Caltex garage.
A Total garage in Newtown was forced to shut after fuel ran
out on Wednesday night.
"The last time we had a delivery was over the weekend.
The fuel is finished now and no tanker has been coming in," said a petrol
Another Total garage in Braamfontein was still operating.
Fuel had arrived with a police escort on Tuesday, said a petrol attendant who
identified himself as Aubrey.
The strike by thousands of truck drivers was in its second
week. In parts of the country trucks had been pelted with stones and set
alight. Pranksters sparked panic by sending out messages claiming additional
attacks and marches.
Drivers wanted a 12% salary increase while employers offered 8.5% for next year, and another 0.5% the following year.
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