Friday, January 30, 2009

Golden Arrow wins court settlement

By Mikhaila Crowie
and Cindy Witten
30 January 2009

Good news for commuters, judgment was handed down this morning in the Cape High Court meaning the National Department of Transport must pay outstanding passenger subsidies to Golden Arrow Bus Company on demand.

It also found that there is nothing to prevent Treasury from making the necessary funds available from the National Revenue Fund.

Golden Arrow is said to be pleased and extremely relieved by Justice Anthony Binn-Ward’s ruling. Vuyisile Mdoda, spokesperson for Golden Arrow says the bus company has demanded that the money be paid by 4pm today.
“Failing this, we would use a venue available to us to force the state to comply”
An estimated 260 000 passengers travel with Golden Arrow daily.

Meanwhile, the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union general secretary Randall Howard says that the union welcomes the decision.
“We can’t have commuters in the Western Cape being inconvenienced to the extent that it could happen if Golden Arrow cannot render the required number of services to ensure that workers get to work and students get to school,” said Howard.


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