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City of Joburg defends Rea Vaya, Metrobus fare hikes

The City of Johannesburg says the increase in Rea Vaya and Metrobus fare are in line with the consumer price index and other market-related prices.

FILE: Rea Vaya bus is seen in Johannesburg CBD. Picture: Facebook.com

JOHANNESBURG – The City of Johannesburg says that the increase in Rea Vaya and Metrobus fare are in line with the consumer price index and other market-related prices.

Commuters who use the two bus services will have to pay between 6 and 6.2 percent more for their rides from 1 July.

For Metrobus users, this means that cash commuters will now pay R10.80, up from the R10.20 for a single trip.

Metrobus’ Nkosinathi Nkabinde says: “We’ll still be able to offer state pensioners 50% discount.”

Rea Vaya fares will go up by 80 cents from R6.20 to R7.00 for the shortest trip, while the longer trips will now cost you 40 cents more.

Rea Vaya’s Benny Makgoga says: “We’re trying to make the fares much more affordable to our residents. There are also discounts for passengers if they load their smart cards with amounts ranging from R51 to R700. These discounts will range from 5% to 12.5%.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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