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MEC to explain Putco route cancellation

Putco buses from this morning will stop operating in the Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Sedibeng municipalities.

FILE: The department has however given the assurance that Autopax will step in to ferry stranded commuters to work and school. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi is expected today to shed light on reasons why the Public Utility Transport Corporation (Putco) has terminated its services on several routes in the province.

The department confirmed on Monday that Putco buses from this morning will stop operating in the Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Sedibeng municipalities.

In a statement released yesterday, the Gauteng Transport Department said Putco had informed them of their intention to pull buses off routes and parts of the province, including the capital Tshwane.

The department has however given the assurance that Autopax, a subsidiary of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), will step in to ferry stranded commuters to work and school.

It's not clear if the measure will help avoid delays to customers' daily commute.

MEC Vadi had earlier announced that his department would renegotiate with contracts with subsidised companies.

He's expected to explain if the latest development is linked to those negotiations.

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