Aug 11

Taxi strike: Why Cape Town retailers are running out of bread, eggs and dairy

The empty shelves of many grocers in the Western Cape are a result of the ongoing taxi strike. It is effectively limiting the mobility of staff, including those working at distribution centres. News24 reports that the strike, which started last week, stems from a disagreement on the legislation governing impounding of vehicles. It has also resulted in violence, with five people having been killed since it started. It has also prompted food shortages in some areas, as retailers take precautionary measures to ensure the safety of their staff, but they say this should be temporary.