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South Africa Is On The Brink Of Total Chaos As Strikes Are Leading To Fuel And Cash Shortages
TBI ^ | 10-3-2012 | Matthew Boesler

Posted on 10/03/2012 2:23:27 PM PDT by blam

South Africa Is On The Brink Of Total Chaos As Strikes Are Leading To Fuel And Cash Shortages

Matthew Boesler
Oct. 3, 2012, 11:02 AM

The labor strikes that have engulfed the mining industry in South Africa in recent weeks have now spread to one of the country's most vital industries – trucking.

Without the trucking industry facilitating the flow of goods between purchasers and suppliers, things can get ugly pretty quickly, as they did in the U.K. in 2001 when truckers went on a similar strike and brought the British economy to the brink.

Truckers are already entering their second week of strikes in South Africa, and the economy is beginning to show cracks in the facade.

Now, ATMs are running out of cash.

Gas stations are running out of fuel.

Hospitals are running out of vital supplies.

This comes via Sibongile Khumalo, a correspondent in South Africa for the Agence France Presse:

The strike has halted the delivery of goods across the country, as more than 20,000 workers dig in on their demand for higher wages.

Fuel pump stations have begun to dry up in several areas in Gauteng province, the country's economic centre, according to the South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA).

"Some garages in Gauteng have been reporting fuel shortages since this past weekend," said Fani Tshifularo, the association's spokesman.

"Unfortunately garages do not keep large reserves of fuel on premises, so shortages are likely to occur faster," he said.

Meanwhile, hospitals are no longer receiving shipments of coal that they use to provide power, and they are now burning through reserve stocks.

And Khumalo writes that "according to transport authorities, 80 percent of all freight in South Africa is conducted by road." That figure highlights why the trucking industry is

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chaos; shortages; southafrica; strikes

1 posted on 10/03/2012 2:23:30 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Zimbabwe disease strikes again!


2 posted on 10/03/2012 2:26:49 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: blam

At least there is no more apartheid.


3 posted on 10/03/2012 2:27:05 PM PDT by Partisan Hack
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To: Kartographer
Here is a timeline of what more could go wrong as the strikes continue, via a recent paper analyzing supply-chain stoppages by complex systems scientist David Korowicz:


4 posted on 10/03/2012 2:27:26 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Hmmm. Gold will be fun to keep a eye on.


5 posted on 10/03/2012 2:27:53 PM PDT by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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To: blam

Thank God that mass-murdering Commie Nelson Mandela got rid of Apartheid or things might really get bad in Soith Afreeka.


6 posted on 10/03/2012 2:28:21 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the psychopath.)
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To: blam

comming to America


7 posted on 10/03/2012 2:29:26 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Zuma is worse than Mugabe.


8 posted on 10/03/2012 2:31:52 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: blam

Aren’t strikes wonderful? The media after all are in love with unions.


9 posted on 10/03/2012 2:40:13 PM PDT by winner3000
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To: blam

Aren’t strikes wonderful? The media after all are in love with unions.


10 posted on 10/03/2012 2:40:32 PM PDT by winner3000
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To: Theoria
Hmmm. Gold will be fun to keep a eye on.

Nothing will help you other than

1) Prepositioned resources
2) Distance from unstable population centers
3) Eventually - The ability to create own resources

Gold is not on that list, except as barter

Land, Food, Water, Clothes, Fuel, Shelter, Medicines,
Tools, Power, Weapons, Seeds, (Greenhouse?)

The process requires careful and extensive preplanning
The Mormons are well positioned to ride this one out
As well as the Amish, Mennonites, and Rural Farmers

11 posted on 10/03/2012 2:43:22 PM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: appalachian_dweller; OldPossum; DuncanWaring; VirginiaMom; CodeToad; goosie; kalee; ...

Preppers’ PING!!


12 posted on 10/03/2012 2:47:41 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: HangnJudge
Good for you.

I'll continue to watch the spot price, it is a 'gauge' of the world.

13 posted on 10/03/2012 2:54:04 PM PDT by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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To: Partisan Hack
At least there is no more apartheid.

Togetherheid is so much better.

14 posted on 10/03/2012 2:57:20 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Partisan Hack

The current situation is horrible. Apartheid was not that great either.


15 posted on 10/03/2012 3:06:25 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Travis McGee

It’s getting ugly in SA


16 posted on 10/03/2012 3:09:17 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Travis McGee
sound familiar???
17 posted on 10/03/2012 3:38:58 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: blam

Bringing in the ChiComs to run the mines is working out quite well . . . . . for the ChiComs.


18 posted on 10/03/2012 3:44:30 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,)
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To: Kartographer
When trucks stop, it's over. That was and is the basis of my writing prepper articles on Survival Podcast website.

A strike will be resolved, but when trucks stop permanently due to no power or any other reason that can't be resolved, it's over.

If it isn't no power that stops trucks but is something else, power will still go out because power plants depend on trucks bringing fuel to keep power going.

Water companies are, by law, to keep enough fuel on hand for generators for several days and number of days may differ by state, but if that fuel is used up and trucks can't bring more, water goes off line.

Trucks are the life line for this country and a prolonged time without them will cause major chaos and millions of deaths.

Do you want to depend on trucks for your life or do you want to have your personal world prepared to continue if there are no trucks?

19 posted on 10/03/2012 3:50:27 PM PDT by Marcella (Republican Conservatism is dead. PREPARE)
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To: blam
Zis is KAOS


20 posted on 10/03/2012 3:53:10 PM PDT by xp38
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To: Partisan Hack

Time for Whites and Zulu Tribesmen, together, to set things right! Order is needed—and dang quick.


21 posted on 10/03/2012 4:38:06 PM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: blam

Is there no black government anywhere which is not a cesspool of socialism and/or violence?

Surely, somewhere between Washington, DC and Elbonia there might be one - or not.


22 posted on 10/03/2012 5:00:45 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: driftdiver
The current situation is horrible. Apartheid was not that great either.

Apartheid never left. All that changed was who got the clean end of the stick.

23 posted on 10/03/2012 5:28:30 PM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks like Right-Wing extremism.)
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To: blam

“Freeeeeeee Nelson Mandela.
Freeeeeeeee Nelson Mandela.”


24 posted on 10/03/2012 5:53:58 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: HangnJudge
Gold is not on that list, except as barter

Dude, that's what gold is for!

Money is a medium of exchange. One barters it for goods.

25 posted on 10/03/2012 5:54:49 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Without economic freedom, no other form of freedom can have material meaning.)
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To: blam

One thing is for sure: I ain’t gonna play Sun City.


26 posted on 10/03/2012 5:57:32 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: HangnJudge

Something else to think about. Winter is coming up and I feel that it is going to be colder and wetter than normal across much of the country. I don’t have any real proof obviously since it hasn’t happened yet. It’s just a “feeling” I’m getting.


27 posted on 10/03/2012 6:12:15 PM PDT by The Working Man
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To: blam

Swiped!


28 posted on 10/03/2012 9:11:47 PM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: blam

Hmmmm. Do these dumb truckers realize that they’re slitting their own throats? They will eventually be affected by the same shortages and unclean water that the rest of their country is suffering.

A 9 percent increase over 2 years is great. At least in America it is. Does anybody know what the inflation rate is in SA?


29 posted on 10/04/2012 9:59:29 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Obama should change his campaign slogan to "Yes, we am!" Sounds as stupid as his administration is.)
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