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NO INCREASE IN BUS FARES UNTIL JANUARY 2020

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MBABANE- Public transport fares will not be hiked at least until January 2020. This was confirmed by the National Roads Transportation Council (NRTC) Chairperson Sihlangu Nhlabatsi in an interview with this reporter yesterday.


This comes after reports pointed out that public transport fares were going to be adjusted upwards beginning of December, which also got customers uncomfortable due to the festive season where people travelled a lot.


It was notable that people were, since Sunday, asking conductors what the new fares were when boarding public transport vehicles, as they were of the belief that they had been effected.
When asked when exactly the hike was going to be effected, Shabangu said it would be next year after they had finalised the fares with the relevant stakeholders.


Worry


“Customers should not worry, we will not hike the fares this year. Besides, Senate is yet to approve the regulations before they get to be implemented,” he said.
He added that when the hike was ready to be effected, there wouldbe notices displayed in all the public transport vehicles with each indicating the new fares as he believed it was not going to be the maximum gazetted fares.  

 
The once-off hike that was approved by Members of Parliament (MPs) stated that, for distances below eight kilometres, commuters would pay E7.70.


Initially


It should be noted that initially the Ministry of Public Works and Transport had proposed two increases of E7.50 on December 1, 2019 and another on June 1, 2020.


However, the house resolved that there should be a once-off increase of E7.70, which was rounded down to average to the nearest 10 cents of the two proposed increases.

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