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Greyhound to stop operating after 37 years of service

The bus company announced on Wednesday that the last trips will be on 14 February this year.

FILE: A Greyhound bus. Picture: Greyhound SA/Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - After nearly 40 years of service in South Africa, Greyhound/Citiliner will be shutting down.

The bus company announced on Wednesday that the last trips will be on 14 February this year.

All trips booked for after that have been cancelled and customers will be refunded.

The company did not say what led to it having to make the decision to close.

Transport union Satawu said it had received Section 189 notices from several bus companies with plans to retrench about 600 employees.

Satawu's Solomon Mahlangu said: “We have received the notice in terms of Section 189 of the LRA.”

Greyhound bus driver Abraham Masetja, who has worked at the company for six years, said this shut down came as a surprise.

“We are all surprised; the company never consulted with us and now they are claiming that they are running out of profit or didn’t make a profit.”

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