Cele steps in to solve Durban bus woes

2009-07-22 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL MEC for Transport Bheki Cele has stepped in to resolve Durban’s bus woes and has said that a decision to resume the city’s bus service will be taken tomorrow.

At a special media briefing in Durban, Cele said that his department will announce the decision once operational issues are finalised.

He said that commuters would have more clarity on the new bus service by the end of the week.

Cele heads a provincial task team that was appointed by KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize to help find a solution to the bus crisis. City Mayor Obed Mlaba is also part of the task team that hopes to resolve the labour-related issues so that bus services can resume.

Durban’s new bus company was due to start operating on Monday. However, private bus operators obtained an interim interdict to stop the transfer from Remant Alton to Tansnat.

The operators challenging the eThekwini Municipality and the KZN Transport Department are Metro Group (comprising Combined Transport, KZT Bus Service), South Coast Bus Service and two black economic empowerment operators Ngotshana Bus Service and Masijabule Transport.

These operators were upset with the way the city awarded the contract to Tansnat. The matter was adjourned in the high court in Pietermarizburg to October 26.

Cele said he regretted the inconvenience caused by the lack of buses, but remained confident that Tansnat would offer a great service to commuters.

It is believed that Tansnat were only hiring 80% of former Remant Alton staff, resulting in the loss of 300 jobs.

Cele said that these job losses were a huge concern and that officials were negotiating with unions to find a solution.


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