#BusStrike: slew of commuters left stranded across South Africa

#taxistrike cape town golden arrow #busstrike myciti bus warrenski flickr

If you logged in to Twitter or Facebook this morning, you probably would’ve noticed the hashtag #BusStrike trending across South Africa.

Employees of the country’s larger bus operators are partaking in strike action today, that is until demands for a 12% wage increase are met.

The strike has left a number of commuters across the country’s urban and rural hubs stranded or searching for alternative transport, as a slew of popular services were suspended. This includes Cape Town’s MyCiti and Johannesburg’s Rea Vaya.

The #BusStrike affects a number of services across South Africa, including Cape Town and Johannesburg’s inner city networks

As a result, commuters were forced to line up for taxis, catch a train or simply stay at home for the Easter weekend.

The Golden Arrow central terminus in Cape Town’s CBD was devoid of people and buses this morning.

Other areas in the city were experiencing abnormally high commuter numbers, like Bellville and Khayelitsha’s Site C taxi ranks.

Some people, who couldn’t access any trains or taxis, were left stranded.

One of the city’s major arterial routes, Klipfontein Road, was also the scene of active demonstrations.

In Gauteng, the Gautrain remained operational, but its accompanying bus service was suspended indefinitely. Many used the high-speed train service this morning to travel to Pretoria’s CBD, partaking in the #NationalDayOfAction protests.

Some long distance bus services were not affected, but this offered no relief for some travelling between cities.

The national #BusStrike will continue indefinitely as talks between unions and companies set to take place at 2.30pm SAST Wednesday.

Feature image: Warrenski via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0, resized)

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