Tshwane bus strike: 'It has impacted negatively on our businesses'

Talks between the City of Tshwane, the South Africa Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) and the Independent Municipal Allied Trade Union (Imatu) are set to resume today, as a strike by municipal workers continues.

RELATED: Tshwane bus strike: 'Situation is nothing short of a nightmare for commuters'

On Monday, the unions brought the city to a complete standstill demanding an 18% pay hike.

Protestors used buses and trucks to barricade different routes in and out of the CBD, creating a major traffic nightmare.

RELATED: Tshwane mayor has not engaged with union leadership, says Samwu

The strike has negatively affected businesses in CBD.

Bongani Bingwa chats to Capital City Business Chamber CEO Fanie du Plessis and Tshwane acting mayor Abel Tau.

If you don't have clients, you cannot conduct any business, during the last couple of days we haven't had clients coming into the city and doing business. That has a major negative impact on us.

Fanie du Plessis, CEO - Capital City Business Chamber

He says because of the strike, investors are less willing to invest in the city.

The acting mayor says the situation in Tshwane may have been affected because the mayor is out of the country.

It would have helped to give confidence to the residents of Tshwane but as I said even on Monday, I am confident that we lead as a team and we are doing what we would have done if the mayor was here. I am confident that we have a handle on this situation.

Abel Tau, Acting mayor - City of Tshwane

The strike is not good for investor confidence and our biggest priority is to restore law and order in the city and ensure that people can go about doing business as usual.

Abel Tau, Acting mayor - City of Tshwane

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