UPDATE 1-Deal to end S.Africa truck driver strike near


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CAPE TOWN, Oct 12 (Reuters) - A deal to end a three-weektruck driver strike in South Africa, which has hit deliveries offuel, cash and consumer goods, is imminent, the Road FreightEmployers Association said on Friday.

More than 20,000 truck drivers have taken to the streets inoften violent protests, demanding higher wages.

"The parties have signed an undertaking that they agree to athree-year industry wage agreement which is to be signed atapproximately 10 a.m. (0800 GMT) on Friday," the associationsaid in a statement.

All four unions were part of the agreement, MagretiaBrown-Engelbrecht, executive officer of the association toldReuters.

Details of the proposed deals were not yet disclosed.

The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union(SATAWU), which represents the majority of truck drivers, saidit was still consulting its members on the proposal and wouldcommunicate its decision at the meeting with employers.

Petrol stations have been experiencing delays of up to a dayin getting fuel and some have run completely dry, the SouthAfrican Petroleum Industry Association said on Thursday.

Affected companies include logistics groups Imperial Holding, Super Group , Grindrod , Barloworld

and Bidvest .

Since August, almost 100,000 workers across South Africa,including 75,000 in the mining sector, have downed tools inoften illegal and violent strikes that may hit economic growththis year and undermine investor confidence in the minerals hub.

(Reporting by Wendell Roelf and Agnieszka Flak; Editing by BillTrott)

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