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strike thumb medium85 85City Press writes that more than three weeks after thousands of bus drivers downed tools, the economy continues to bleed millions of rands as a result.  

Transport economist Ofentse Mokwena commented:  “A general estimate for the weekly costs of bus use from households earning R150,000 a year or less is to the tune of R589 million a week…  This probably varies across regions and may be much higher or lower depending on the household size and access to public transport in addition to their income.”  The estimates do not include the cost of delays, waiting, inconvenience, transfers and other unintended consequences of the strike that have been carried by the commuters.  In urban areas the costs could be higher, but in rural areas there would be more inconvenience.  The Cape Chamber of Commerce said the strike had no winners and was proving to be a disaster for all involved because of the “no work, no pay” rule.  This means strikers will lose the equivalent of a month’s wages and that will wipe out the effect of any increase they get for a full year.  Meanwhile, the taxi industry, the biggest financial beneficiary of the strike, has denied allegations that fares on some routes have been increased unjustly and more unregistered taxis have been added to cover the demand.

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