The whole of South Africa was shocked to hear the sad news regarding its favourite bus service in South Africa. It is no lie that Greyhound had been engraved into the culture of South Africa for so many years. It is one of the most reliable forms of transport the country has ever had, and it is saddened by the fact that it will be seizing its operations from the 14th of February. All this came as a sudden shock for people.
The whole decision was so sudden even from the company's side that they didn't wait for trips to be completed before closing the whole company. People who had bought tickets for the bus that were dating past the 14th of February will be refunded the money they spent, and they will freely get whatever amount they had paid for their tickets. Things bring everyone to the question of what is the real reason behind this closure? We shall find out in this article.
According to an article published by Times live news, they detailed exactly why the company is closing its doors and the reasons are simple but those who do not understand how businesses get affected by inconsistencies caused by Covid-19 will not fully get it. The article said the following:
“Declining passenger numbers and poor regulatory compliance in the bus passenger industry has resulted in both our brands - Greyhound and Citiliner - incurring significant losses for several years,” said Unitrans Passenger in a statement on Wednesday evening.
“The impact of Covid-19 regulations limiting inter-provincial travel and coach occupancy levels, and the closure of the Zimbabwe and Mozambique borders have exacerbated the situation," it added.
In essence, Cyril Ramaphosa and the National Coronavuirus Command Council is the one to blame for this whole thing. Their regulations did not create an environment business in the tourism and travel industry could thrive. The ban on interprovincial travelling is one that has lasted for the longest of times and this lead to many trips being cancelled and the company not operating.
The effects of the decisions made by the President and his people are starting to show one by one. Coronavirus is now evidently not a crime to people health but to businesses and livelihoods. People are very sad to see the company go and wish it wasn't closing, but there is nothing that can be done, the competitors will have to be the option for these people who love greyhound.
What is your take on the matter? What other buses will you be using since greyhound is no longer in the market? Do you blame the President or coronavirus for all this?
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