South Africa 12.2.2015 05:11 pm

Rea Vaya strike enters week two

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

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

There will be no Rea Vaya bus services on Friday and Monday despite the hearing procedure being completed, Piotrans’ spokesperson Dumisani Mntambo said on Thursday.

The disciplinary proceedings, which took place at the Rea Vaya head offices in Dobsonville, Soweto, began on Monday against the drivers who went on an unprotected strike and were concluded on Thursday.

“The hearing has been concluded but we will not be able to say what will happen to the drivers.”

He said they needed to send a communication letter to the drivers before making a public announcement of the outcome.

“You cannot announce about somebody’s fate before they receive the message,” he said.

Mntambo also said Piotrans was going to make an announcement on Monday on when the bus services were expected to resume.

Meanwhile, passengers who have loaded money into their Rea Vaya smartcards can use them as debit cards to make purchases at supermarket retail stores including Pick’n’pay, Checkers and Spar.

This excluded passengers who have bought the RV40 and RV10 fare products (products that allow passengers to purchase similar trips in bulk at reduced
rates).

“They (products) cannot be converted for cash. The passengers can just wait, they will not expire.” said Benny Makgoga, director for service promotions at Rea Vaya.

The Rea Vaya drivers stopped the bus services last week Monday when they abandoned the company’s buses in Johannesburg CBD, leaving the passengers
stranded.

 

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