Thousands of commuters will once again be left stranded amid the continued national bus strike as talks between bus companies and unions reached a deadlock on Wednesday.
National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (Numsa) is demanding 15% wage increase while South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) is demanding 12%. The employer is offering 7.5%.
Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says they are geared up for the long weekend as hundreds of taxis are expected to leave Cape Town and travel through the night to different destinations, a route normally traveled by long haul buses.
Africa says they will be having road blocks, checking if taxis are road worthy, using colour coded stickers to make the job easier for other traffic officers on the road.
We are going to monitor taxis driving between Cape Town and the Eastern Cape for speed. If a taxi is travelling that route two or three times we will remove it off the road and let the driver rest for four to five hours and that is not negotiable.— Kenny Africa, Western Cape provincial traffic chief
People don't take rules of the road seriously. They think they can get on the road and do what they want, they think they can do excessive speed, drink and drive but our message is very clear, we will have no nonsense approach. If they think I'm joking. come try me.— Kenny Africa, Western Cape provincial traffic chief
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