For those travelling in the Eastern Cape to-day ( 10-June-2016)!!
A massive strike by the taxi industry has forced the closure of all major roads in and around
East London , PE, Uitenhage and other towns in the Eastern Cape.
The list of road closures is extensive, so please contact the local police before travelling in
this region. R72 between East London and Port Alfred blocked with cement barriers.
Doubt if police will be able to guarantee your safety in these areas - no indication if army
will be called out to help clear the barricades.
Update at 08:30
Please take note of the following road closures:
East London-Gonubie Main Road blocked-
Mdantsane black Road blocked-
Golden Highway blocked-
Da Gama and Voortrekker blocked-
R347-Zwelitsha road (by the trainstation)-
Buffallo/Caxton road/Oxford street-
Woolwash Road-Scenery Park under the bridge-
Entrance to Fort Jackson blocked-
Kamesh-Van Rooyen towards Love Bird Road blocked-
Kwanobuhle-Uitenhage and Rocklands blocked on BOTH sides-Bridge over Swartkops and Market Square T-Junction towards Kirkwood Blocked-
Police warning: There are huge cement blocks on the R72 about 15km before Xhalumna on a blind rise across the road from Port Alfred-East London.
All the R61 Junctions between Lusikisiki and Port St Johns blocked.NO vehicles allowed through.
R102 near Nahoon dam turn-off-road is also blocked.
N2-Fort Jackson on and off ramp both sides blocked. Burning tyres.
Yes, everything is disrupted in PE. People can't get to work. I know this is minor compared to other people's problems, but I had a domestic lined up to come work tomorrow, now I don't know if she will be able to get here. I wonder how long this is going to last. I can't remember when last we have had a period of no strikes, marches or whatever in this country. I believe taxis and buses are on strike today. Why are they blocking the roads? Die hartseerstorie is hulle kom weg daarmee.
The strike has been called by the Eastern Cape division of the SA National Taxi Council.
They are protesting against the EC Governments slow handling of the issue of operating licences for the taxi owners. It appears the government are favouring some operators over others - government denies this and says taxi routes are over-subscribed.
Government has allowed this problem to manifest itself and the man in the street has to pay the price - yet once again.
I am one of the (un)lucky soles that could not get to work this morning - could not enter Uitenhage from any entrance. Had to come back home. I hear the closures and disruptions have stopped now and that most areas are accesible again.