Rea Vaya drivers on strike

FILE PICTURE: A Rea Vaya bus passes its terminal. Picture: Alaister Russell.

FILE PICTURE: A Rea Vaya bus passes its terminal. Picture: Alaister Russell.

Rea Vaya commuters in Johannesburg were left stranded this morning after the operating company failed to inform its customers about a strike by drivers.

As a result of the strike commuters had to make transport arrangements to get to their respective work places.

One of the commuters from Soweto, Johanna Shivuri said she has experienced frequent strikes by the drivers, leaving commuters stranded.

Shivuri said this causes a lot of inconvenience to commuters, because many people who use smart card and then do not always have money on them to board taxis.

“The big challenge is no one informs us about the strike. It is also worrying because we have text messages when there are promotions but the only time we do not get messages is when the drivers strike.”

Another commuter, Thembinkosi Sekgaphane said he was already in the bus when they were told to get off the bus.

“We were in the bus from Library Gardens, but when we got to Park Station we were told to get off the bus because there is a strike. It was 8.30 in the morning, I had to walk all the way to Bree Street taxi rank, it was a big inconvenience,” said Sekgaphane.

While many commuters had make arrangements to get to work, the operating company only sent an apology at 12 midday today – labeling the strike “an unexpected disruption of service”.

Commenting on the matter, the general manager of strategy and transformation at Piotrans Dumisani Mnthambo said the operating company had not yet received a memorandum from the drivers.

“We currently have no idea why the drivers are striking, they just parked buses in town and offered no communication.

“We did however tried to call the union and they are trying to investigate.”

The operating company said to resolve the issue, they are waiting for the drivers to share their grievances.


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