Zululand Observer - Weekender

Commuters face bus fare increase of 8%

- Jetro Mshengu

BUS commuters in rural areas had to brace themselves for another bus fare increase which came into effect today (Thursday).

Chairperso­n of the Public Transporta­tion Committee (PTC), Thabani Mthembu, announced the fare increase last week following a meeting with the Biyela Transport and Mthonjanen­i Bus Transport companies.

According to Mthembu, the decision was taken after thorough consultati­on with all relevant stakeholde­rs.

‘We know commuters are battling in these tough economic times, but we were forced to introduce an 8% increase because of diesel price hikes and poor road conditions which have impacted negatively on our bus maintenanc­e costs.’

The fare increase will affect commuters who reside in Sanguye, Obuka and the Thembeni Traditiona­l Authority.

 ??  ?? Signing the memorandum of agreement were (back) Xolani Xulu and Khetha Xulu; (front) Nothando Biyela, Bhekithemb­a Sithole, Mihlakayif­ani Xulu, Thabani Mthembu, Michael Madida and Mbongeleni Mncwango
Signing the memorandum of agreement were (back) Xolani Xulu and Khetha Xulu; (front) Nothando Biyela, Bhekithemb­a Sithole, Mihlakayif­ani Xulu, Thabani Mthembu, Michael Madida and Mbongeleni Mncwango

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