newsSowetanLive reports that commuters using buses and the Gautrain have not been spared price hikes.

Putco spokesperson Matlaka Motloung advised that the bus fares increased by 9% on 1 April, which was the highest hike introduced by the company in years. She said increases were informed by cost drivers such as fuel, which accounted for 30% of operating costs, maintenance and spares. Last year, Putco raised its fares by 5%. Rea Vaya buses are also set to increase their fares from 1 July. Spokesperson Benny Makgoga said Rea Vaya trips will rise by between 50c and R10 depending on the kilometres and trip type (single or double). He said the company considered the consumer price index (CPI), income of residents in Johannesburg and the annual customer satisfaction survey to determine its fares. Even those using the Gautrain have started paying more after a 5.56% increase kicked in on 1 June. Gautrain spokesperson Dr Barbara Jensen said the company, however, reduced its parking fares by 12% to ease pressure on commuters.

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