newsNews24 Wire writes that it’s hard to picture a festive season or payday weekend without Greyhound buses on the road, as blue-collar workers head home – but this is a reality many will soon face.  

KAP Industrial Holdings is to stop its Greyhound and Citiliner services this month after 37 years in the industry, bringing an end to its annual ferry of 804,293 passengers across 25-million kilometres of road, from Cape Town to KwaZulu-Natal, Maputo and Zimbabwe.  On Wednesday, KAP expressed regret at having to close down the Greyhound and Citiliner services, but said:  "Declining passenger numbers and poor regulatory compliance in the bus passenger industry has resulted in both brands incurring significant operating losses for several years."  The situation has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 lockdowns, which limited travel and the closure of Mozambique and Zimbabwe's borders.  For transport economist Ofentse Mokwena, the closure of the brands highlighted government's lack of attention and genuine concern about the country's long-distance transport market and was "painful to witness".  Cosatu's Matthew Parks described the closure of the bus services as a "tragedy".  He added that the closures would create problems for migrant workers who depended on the buses to travel to South Africa's far-flung areas and for tourism and trade with neighbouring states.

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