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18 April 2018

The Democratic Alliance in Western Cape calls for a swift resolution to the bus strike that began today, Wednesday 18 April 2018.

It is deeply concerning that the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) and the South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council (SARPBAC) announced an indefinite strike as it has a direct effect on commuters throughout the province.

This strike affects not only residents in this province, but the country as a whole.

Workers, scholars, and commuters in general are now suffering as a result of the announced strike. I, therefore, call on all unions, employers and relevant stakeholders to immediately reach an agreement and avoid any prolonging of this strike action.

I further call on Metrorail to increase their capacity so that the 230 thousand daily bus trips in the province can resume, commuters can get back to their places of work and learners can get to school.

Buses must act as soon as possible to resume their services, as commuters can no longer rely on Metrorail’s services. In the City of Cape Town, Metrorail’s passengers have dropped by roughly 50% from over 675 thousand passengers in 2000 to an estimated 360 thousand passengers in 2017. Train cancellations in the Western Cape have also increased from 3% in 2015, to 15% in 2017.

The DA in the WC is committed to ensuring that residents have safe and reliable transport services; enabling employment, educational and economic opportunities.

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