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CAPE TOWN - From Mitchells Plain to Khayelitsha, impossibly long queues at taxi ranks are the order of the day.

Never mind the misery caused by the bus driver strike, a faulty traffic light at the Mew Way intersection is adding to the chaos.

Officials are directing traffic, which has been intensified by taxis having to work even harder.

Commuters are despondent.

“I’m going to college so I’m going to be late. I am meant to write an exam today.”

“I just spoke to my boss. He actually told me it doesn’t matter if I’m late because most people are going to be late. I have no other option but to stand in the queue.”

More than 300,000 people who use bus services have had make alternative transport arrangements this morning.

At the root of the industrial action is a dispute over salaries.

Unions want a 12% pay hike, while employers are offering 7%, increasing to 7.5% over three years.

Parties involved in wage discussions are expected to meet on Thursday. There’s little hope the strike will be called off by today.

AFFECTED BUS SERVICES

  • Gautrain in Gauteng

  • Putco in Gauteng

  • ReaVaya in Johannesburg

  • Areyeng in Tshwane

  • Great North Transport in Limpopo

  • Algoa Bus Company in Port Elizabeth

  • SMT in Pietermaritzburg

  • MyCiTi in Cape Town

  • Golden Arrow in Cape Town

  • GoGeorge in George

Bus services operating as normal

  • Metrobus in Johannesburg

  • Tshwane Bus Service

  • Transnat in Durban

  • Ikhwezi in Richard's Bay

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

This article first appeared on EWN : #BusStrike: Despondent commuters face long queues at taxi ranks

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