Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Metrorail Strike Continues

Cape Town - The Western Cape contingency plan for the Metrorail strike was working, authorities said on Monday at the end of the first day of the strike.

Metrorail completely shut down its commuter services in the province, forcing thousands of people to seek other means of transport.

The provincial transport ministry, the City of Cape Town, Golden Arrow Bus Services, taxi representatives and the provincial chamber of commerce said in a statement that they met on Monday afternoon to review the impact of the strike.

"The group is satisfied that the plan it put in place to mitigate the impact of the strike is working," it said.

No violence

There had been no violence at public transport facilities in the province.

There had been a 70% increase of passengers for taxis which had led to a massive rise in traffic volumes on key routes.

Golden Arrow had provided 197 extra buses and 200 extra morning peak bus trips.

"The group applauded passengers for their peaceful conduct whilst queuing for taxis and buses," it said.

"They reiterated the need for all road users to be patient on the roads during this difficult time."

Acting director of the chamber Albert Schuitmaker told a briefing in Cape Town earlier that businesses reported that absenteeism had been "very, very low, almost negligible".

There had been late arrivals but most businesses surveyed had reported that all their employees were eventually at work.

"A lot of businesses actually provided transport for their employees to get to work, which worked well, to the point that some employees arrived earlier than (they) usually do," he said.

Unions, Transnet, Prasa 'unimpressive'

The city's transport director Mike Marsden said the city had expected some disruption of municipal services.

However there had been very good attendance by city employees, and services were unaffected.

Western Cape transport MEC Robin Carlisle said at the briefing that he and other authorities in the province were "relatively unimpressed" with Transnet, the Passenger Rail Agency of SA and unions.

"It's not for us to direct how they should handle their affairs, but it is for us to note that they have grievously inconvenienced most of the people of the province, certainly of the city," he said.

However well the alternative transport options were working the economy was seriously affected.

"Our message to them is get your act together and get it together fast," he said.


5 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

I know it has little to do with the Rail Strikes but, as Viking posted that there was limited "contribution", perhaps you could do a post on this:

Would be much appreciated!
Common Sense

Viking said...

hi CS

that site seems resistant to cut'n'paste, so I'll just have to leave the link up.


Anonymous said...

Thanks Viking.

For those who don't want to check it out, a brief outline: independent economist has uncovered a "fraud" by JP Morgan Chase which makes Madorf's "ponzi scheme" look like an argument over small change. Said fraud involves the selling of gold, on paper, that doesn't really exist.

It should be noted that, along with Goldman Sachs and Rothschild Bank (most shareholders are also the major shareholders of Morgan Chase), these banks deal in amounts that could buy and sell Central Banks and entire economies. In fact they own most of the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England, and according to an independent forensic audit, GS's were responsible for the recent collapse of the Icelandic and Greek Economies!
More on that later!

Common Sense

Born to be wild said...

JP Morgan Chase story: it's like the subprime crisis. JPMC are selling gold certificates without actual gold holdings. For every 100 ounces "sold" there's only 1 ounce of gold in holdings. So this is artificially keeping the price of gold down.

You can blame this partly on the stupid buyer. You don't buy gold certificates, you buy physical gold to keep in your own safe, or nothing at all. So: capitalise on the situation and buy the real stuff.

Born to be wild said...

Coming back to the rail strike, Transnet and Metrorail should take out the retrenchment axe. Yes, it may hurt for a little while, but teach the buggers a lesson to be grateful to have a job.