Business hit hard by nationwide bus strike

President at the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Janine Myburgh, says the nationwide strike, that is in its second day, has affected business negatively.

Although she says it's too early to tell, businesses have reported issues of absenteeism and employees arriving late at work due to lack of transport.

Read: Nationwide bus strike will carry on into Thursday as negotiations continue

Each and every person is directly and indirectly affected by the strike. Anybody that has to get somewhere, anybody that has to have services delivered is affected.

Janine Myburgh, President of Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry

In the past when trains in the metro experienced problems, Golden Arrow buses would step in to assist with getting commuters to their destinations but that doesn't seem to be in the offing with the current situation.

Spokesperson at Metrorail Western Cape, Riana Scott says Golden Arrows has opted to give its commuters with monthly or weekly tickets an extra two days to make up for the strike so commuters will not lose out.

Metrorail is currently running on all lines in the Western Cape but with some delays, says Scott.

She says the Wellington line is experiencing major delays as it is running on one line but technicians are on site to fix the problem. There's a 60 minute delay on the Fish Hoek line as well.

Yesterday we saw additional traffic on the Northern and Southern services as a result. We have managed to sneak in three additional trips in the morning and afternoon. We will put additional trips again this morning.

Riana Scott, Spokesperson at Metrorail Western Cape

To hear the rest of the interviews on the nationwide bus strike, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Business hit hard by nationwide bus strike


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