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Rea Vaya bus drivers expected to return to work

Striking bus drivers have agreed to return to their posts following a week-long stay-away.

FILE: A Rea Vaya bus leaves the Milpark station after the new bus phase was launched in Johannesburg on 14 October 2013. Picture: Reinart Toerien

JOHANNESBURG - The company managing Rea Vaya bus drivers says about 60 of its employees on strike have agreed to return to work following allegations of unpaid contractual fees.

The bus service's line from Soweto to the inner city ground to a halt last week, catching Piotrans off guard, which initially couldn't explain the work stoppage.

But it's since been revealed that the drivers were promised stipends by the company that trained them during the transition from taxi drivers to the bus service.

The company's spokesman Dumisani Mthambo says they are working on solutions.

"We are continuing to find out who made the promise but it continues to prove difficult. When we consulted with the company that was training them at the time, this is the information we got from them," he said.

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