Commuters will have to find alternative transport on Wednesday as bus drivers embark on a nationwide strike. Bus companies affiliated to the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) have confirmed they will down tools from 5am Wednesday.

Workers are demanding a 12 percent salary increase while the employer is prepared to give them seven percent. Satawu spokesperson Zanele Sabela says they are still willing to engage with the various bus companies such as Rea Vaya and Golden Arrows amongst others.

“This follows the cancellation of a meeting that was supposed to happen between employers and the unions today (Tuesday) to try and find a solution to the impasse. However they pulled out because we issued them out with a 48 hour notice of strike yesterday (Monday). As much as we are aware that this will inconvenience commuters, employers, they should be showing some care for their clients by making sure they come back to the people.”