Slight relief for Western Cape train users
Cape Town - Western Cape train commuters who buy a monthly ticket will only feel a fare increase of 13% and not 27% from April, Cosatu said on Friday.
The lower increase was a result of negotiations with Metrorail and the Cape Chamber of Commerce this week, said Congress of SA Trade Unions provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich.
He said single tickets and weekly tickets would still increase by 21%.
The parties agreed to expand free trains for pensioners on Tuesday and charge R10 per family on Sunday trips to the beach and for other social activities.
For off-peak local travel it was agreed to charge 20% of the current fare to the unemployed using trains for job searches and to children going to and from school.
"Cosatu, over the next few months, will continue in negotiations with Metrorail on consolidation of the zones and results thereof will be announced in the future," Ehrenreich said.
Metrorail announced on Thursday that fares would increase for the second time in nine years, from April 1, because of an increase in vandalism and energy costs.
Commuters were warned they would pay R1 more for all local single trips, R2 more for return tickets, between R8 and R14 more for weekly tickets, and R24 to R42 more for a monthly ticket.