South Africa Transport Strike ALert

22 July 2019



Situation:

Two transportation unions have called for a nationwide strike and a march on

Friday, July 26, to protest poor rail services. Metrorail will run reduced and limited services

on 26 July 2019.


Marches will take place in the following areas on Friday, 26 July 2019:

  • Cape Town: Cape Town Station, 10am-3pm

  • Johannesburg: End Street, North Park, 10am-3pm

  • Pretoria: In front of Hatfield Court/Tshwane Fire and Ambulance Station, 10am- 3pm

  • Durban: Gather at King Dinuzulu Park, 10am-3pm


A heightened security presence is likely, particularly along the march route. Transportation

disruptions, including to train services and an increased demand for taxis and other modes

of transportation, are expected during the strike period. 


Possible Effects:

  • Disrupted modes of transportation

  • Increases in traffic, especially near protest sites

  • Roads blocked by protestors with little to no notice

  • Protests which have the possibility of turning violent


Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Avoid all protests, demonstrations, and large crowds, which have the possibility of turning violent

  • If you are caught in a blockade:

  1. Remain calm

  2. Do not exit your vehicle

  3. For emergencies, dial 112

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Enroll in the Safe Traveler program (STEP) to receive warnings from the U.S. Embassy


DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer: LSDS gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.

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