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putcoBL Premium reports that bus operator Putco has retrenched more than 200 employees after its operations were hit by the Covid-19 restrictions.  The restrictions resulted in fewer passengers while the costs of disinfecting buses and buying staff personal protective equipment mounted.  

Putco, which belongs to Larimar Group, operates a fleet of 1,400 buses and transports more than 210,000 passengers a day in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.  It has more than 3,600 employees.  Putco pointed out that during some lockdown levels it was not permitted to operate private or commercial buses and could only transport essential workers in buses running at 50% capacity, thus losing money on each trip.  Covid-19 regulations simultaneously increased Putco's costs, as it was required to disinfect buses before and after each trip and sanitise each passenger when boarding a bus.  It also had to pay for personal protective equipment for staff.  By contrast, government regulations allowed taxis to run at full capacity for much of the lockdown.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Katharine Child at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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