Government wants to block foreigners from taking up driver jobs in South Africa
Transportation minister Fikile Mbalula states that he is working along with the Department of Work and Labour to deal with concerns around foreign employees in South Africa.
Responding to in a current written parliamentary Q&A, Mbalula stated that this consists of the roadway freight and logistics sector, which has actually been significantly targeted since of the high variety of foreign motorists.
Mbalula stated that the federal government was taking a look at brand-new laws to resolve this, consisting of a proposed modification to Regulation 116A of the National Road Traffic Regulations, which was gazetted in April 2021.
The transportation minister stated that the proposed modification states:
- The authority offered by an expert driving authorization provided in a foreign nation will use in regard of a lorry signed up in the nation that provided any such license.
- An authorization described in sub-regulation( 1 ), will not use to an automobile signed up in the republic.
Guidelines for foreign employees
Employment and Labour minister Thulas Nxesi stated that his department is presently dealing with the labour migration policy which will be tabled prior to cabinet.
Speaking at a media instruction at the end of April, Nxesi stated the policy will manage and restrict sectors on the variety of individuals companies can employ from other nations specifically in sectors that do not need advanced abilities.
” We have actually signed binding worldwide arrangements and will make sure that our policy does not contravene those arrangements. In other words, whatever we do, will remain in line with the Constitution,” he stated.
Nxesi stated that the policy would mainly handle low-skilled employees, with the federal government anticipating a ‘huge argument’ offered the stress around immigrants in the nation.
He stated that South African companies intentionally choose foreign employees as a source of low-cost labour, as they want to take ‘anything’ for incomes.
The minister stated that a variety of interventions were being thought about as part of the policy, however verified that his department was thinking about the intro of quotas that would define the number of foreign employees might be employed in a provided sector.
Based upon previous remarks by Nxesi, the sectors which are most likely to be directed affected by the labour migration policy consist of:
- The hospitality sector;
- Farming and farming.