Our readers share how much they spend on public transport monthly – it can cost up to R1500 to get to work for some

2020-02-04 16:43
Train commuters in Khayelitsha.  (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/GALLO IMAGES).

Train commuters in Khayelitsha. (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/GALLO IMAGES).

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South Africans are under immerse pressure as they’re told to tighten the belt every budget speech. While everything else goes up, they have little to spare. It is also becoming increasingly expensive to go to work or school.

Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) is now conducting the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS 2020) and will be visiting 65 000 dwelling units across the country’s 52 districts.

This is South Africa’s third household travel survey, with the first one conducted in 2003 and the second in 2013.

“We want to assess attitudes towards transport services and facilities, ascertain the cost of public transport and establish whether households have access to places of work, education institutions and health facilities,” said Risenga Maluleke, South Africa’s Statistician-General and head of Stats SA.

According to the latest General Household Survey (GHS) of 2018 many South Africans take more than 30 minutes to get to their destinations. The report goes on to state that 47% of South African Households spend between 1% and 10% of their income on public transport. And 23.5% of South African households reporting that they spend between 11% and 20% of their income on public transport.

Our readers shared their own experiences on our Facebook page, about what they have to go through on a daily basis using public transport and how much it costs.

Busi Siwela

My journey to work is my worst nightmare. I always pray and thank God when I get off the taxi alive. It takes me about 45 minutes to get to work. One taxi from home to town and another from town to work. I spend R 1000 per month

Nonhlanhla Zwane

In my area the public transport is very expensive, and it takes too long to get to town which is almost 20km away from where I live. The reason is because the taxi doesn't leave to town empty, the driver makes sure it’s full and that causes a big delay.

Noma Mthembu

I work 9AM-6PM and I take four taxis plus return. I spend R1300 monthly. It's tiring and risky. Sometimes I think ‘what if one day I don't make it back to my kids’ because taxis are always speeding but what can I do?

Dips Mollale Lets

I spend R600 monthly using a bus that takes over one hour to get me to work.

Danisile Ndlovu

R1500 using two taxis and it takes 45 minutes.

Shwnie Mashavhathanga

It is bad very bad.

In the afternoon I knock off? very early. I work at Dinwiddie so going to Katlahong I must get a taxi coming from Germiston.

Those taxi drivers block the road at 13h30 and force us to chill with them until 15h30 when school is out.

Last week I nearly lost my life because of those drivers. Who can chill with five man inside the taxi in South Africa these days.

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