In a shock announcement, Southern African luxury coach service, Greyhound, announced on Wednesday that the company would cease to exist after 14 February 2021.
“Announcement: Greyhound and Citiliner are closing operations. Services will run until 14 February 2021,” stated the company in a tweet.
The company also explained that passengers with tickets booked for services after this date would be refunded.
“For assistance with refunds, contact Call Centre: 087-352-0352 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org,” added the company.
Announcement: Greyhound and Citiliner are closing operations. Services will run until 14 February 2021. Passengers with tickets booked for services after this date will be refunded. For assistance with refunds, contact Call Centre: 087 352 0352 or email: email@example.com. pic.twitter.com/n6kFJ0uQaO
— Greyhound (@GreyhoundRSA) February 3, 2021
After 37 years in the business, the company had become well known for their luxury intercity bus travel across Southern Africa and were favoured among many for their cross-border passenger transport service.
According to the Greyhound website, they transported an average of 804,293 passengers over 25 million kilometres of road each year.
Although the company has not yet explained what led to the decision, many are already speculating that this comes as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown regulations.
And so Corona just keeps on wrecking livelihoods. This is bad. Very bad.
— WESSELS GREYLING (@WesselsGreyling) February 3, 2021
— Elizabeth Fako (@ElizabethFako1) February 3, 2021
Everyone is being retrenched. My uncle works for them they closing down every division.
— Twinks (@LetoyaS) February 3, 2021
Others attributed the decision to the company being edged out of the market by competitors.
Intercape tickets are cheaper than Greyhound that could have been the reason.
— Buhle (@Mabongilesi) February 3, 2021
I doubt bro was in Park Station yesterday I got shocked.
— Snempilo Buthelezi (@_snempilo) February 3, 2021
Most of the reactions to the announcement, however, have been accounts of people who have had fond memories making use of the company’s services over the years.
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