School trans­porters protest

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NORTH­ERN Cape School Trans­porters (NCST) bus con­trac­tors and par­ents protested out­side the Uping­ton district of­fice of the De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion yes­ter­day, as the con­trac­tors have been strug­gling with late and non-pay­ment for the past six months.

In a pe­ti­tion that was handed over yes­ter­day, the con­trac­tors also de­manded that the tar­iffs be im­me­di­ately brought in line in ac­cor­dance with an agree­ment.

“Monthly pay­ments for the trans­port of pupils must be de­posited in our bank ac­counts be­fore the 10th of each month. We have been trans­port­ing pupils at a low­ered tar­iff for a very long time and have been strug­gling fi­nan­cially. We of­ten had to pay out of our own pock­ets to en­sure that pupils ar­rive at school. “

The con­trac­tors added that the con­tract, which will be re­newed in 2020, had in­cluded higher tar­iffs so that they could re­deem the losses that they were in­cur­ring.

Mean­while, of­fi­cials at the district of­fice in Uping­ton com­plained that both the male and fe­male toi­lets were over­flow­ing with fae­ces due to a blocked pipe, where the bath­rooms in the one block was out of op­er­a­tion for more than a month.

The De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion did not re­spond to me­dia en­quiries.

– Sandi Kwon Hoo

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