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7.1.15

BUS DRIVERS' STRIKE * South Africa

* KwaZulu-Natal - Bus drivers’ strike over tardy pay to continue 



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Durban,KwaZulu-Natal,SA -BSLive, by NCE MKHIZE -Enero 05 2015: -- A five-day-old strike by about 700 bus drivers has disrupted the travelling schedules of thousands of commuters and holiday makers going to beaches and surrounding areas in Durban... The drivers started an impromptu strike on new year’s eve after Transnat failed to pay their salaries and bonuses into their accounts. Transnat is a politically connected company contracted by the eThekwini municipality to run and manage the bus services on its behalf... Two years ago Transnat, whose executives include President Jacob Zuma’s nephew, the taxi baron Mandla Gcaba, was contracted to run the bus services. But it has since had to deal with a number of stoppages and strikes when workers and drivers went unpaid. In mid-October the bus service ground to a halt for days after fuel ran out... The fleet of more than 700 buses are used by thousands of workers, schoolchildren and students travelling to and from the Durban city centre and surrounding suburbs and townships. During the holidays additional buses ferry holiday makers and residents to popular beaches... Nhlanhla Bhengu, a bus driver and a member of Transport and Allied Workers Union of SA (Tawusa), said members decided to embark on a strike after their December pay and bonuses were not paid on December 31...

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