Nzimande appeals for a solution to bus strike

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Thousands of commuters have again been left stranded on Wednesday afternoon as the countrywide bus strike drags on. Dozens of bus companies across the country have been affected by the strike. Taxi operators have been trying to accommodate the additional commuters.

Transport Minister Blade Nzimande has appealed to all parties to urgently find a negotiated settlement. Bus drivers vowed to continue with the strike until their wage demands are met.

They are asking for a 12% wage increase while the employers are offering 7%.

In Polokwane, hundreds of commuters are gathered at the taxi rank in the CBD or hitchhiking to get home.

Long queues are starting to form at the Pick ‘n Pay taxi rank in Polokwane as hundreds of commuters are arriving to board taxis back home.

They also struggled in the morning as the Great North Transport buses did not show up at villages and townships across the province.

Meanwhile, taxi operators say they will do their best to ensure that all the commuters are transported back to their homes on Wednesday evening, even if it means knocking off at midnight.

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