#Bus Strike: Some bus commuters dreading wait to get home

A national bus driver strike kicked off on Wednesday morning.

Long queues seen at the Mitchells Plain bus terminal in Cape Town on Wednesday morning as commuters waited for alternative transport to get them to work amid nationwide bus strike. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN

CAPE TOWN - With transport union Satawu warning that the bus strike could gain momentum on Wednesday afternoon, those who were left stranded say they’re dreading their commute back home.

A national bus driver strike kicked off on Wednesday morning, as salary negotiations between unions and employers fell flat over the weekend.

People arriving at Khayelitsha’s site C taxi rank were met with longer than normal queues. Many of them were tempted to go back home.

Pay negotiations could resume from Thursday, with the help of the CCMA. But there's no guarantee the strike will be suspended.

Secretary-general of the Road Traffic Passenger Bargaining Council Gary Wilson hopes a resolution will be reached by Friday.

AFFECTED BUS SERVICES

  • Gautrain in Gauteng

  • Putco in Gauteng

  • ReaVaya in Johannesburg

  • Areyeng in Tshwane

  • Great North Transport in Limpopo

  • Algoa Bus Company in Port Elizabeth

  • SMT in Pietermaritzburg

  • MyCiTi in Cape Town

  • Golden Arrow in Cape Town

  • GoGeorge in George

Bus services operating as normal

  • Metrobus in Johannesburg

  • Tshwane Bus Service

  • Transnat in Durban

  • Ikhwezi in Richard's Bay