Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Commuter chaos in Cape Town

Tens of thousands of commuters in the Cape Peninsula have found themselves faced with long queues at bus stops and taxi ranks this morning as the strike by Metrorail train drivers and guards begins to bite. Traffic in Cape Town is expected to be chaotic as more people travel into the city by car. The strike follows the failure of talks with unions on Transnet's restructuring plans and could involve up to 100-thousand Transnet employees, including harbour workers. Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott says it is difficult for the company to make contingency plans, as Metrorail will only know how seriously its services have been affected later this morning.

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