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South African bus operations came to a halt on Wednesday morning countrywide after drivers went on strike over a wage dispute with employers.

Here are 8 things you need to know about the countrywide #BusStrike:

1. Drivers in the bus sector affiliated to the South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) embarked on a national strike at 6 am.

2. This occurred after wage negotiations with employer bodies, Commuter Bus Employers Organisation and South African Bus Employers Association (Sabea), reached a deadlock.

3. Satawu said as many as 17 000 workers were expected to join the strike.

4. Workers are demanding a 12 percent wage increase across the board while employers are offering only seven percent.

5. The union said it was demanding a living wage and decent working conditions so that workers can deliver quality bus transportation services.

6. Various bus companies have halted their operations.

7. This includes Megabus; Gautrain Busses; Greyhound; Golden Arrow; MyCiti Bus in Cape Town; Rea Vaya in Johannesburg; Buscor in Mpumalanga; Bojanala in the North West; Algoa Bus in Port Elizabeth; Mayibuye in East London; Go George in George; Areyeng in Tshwane; Mgqibelo in Sedibeng; Lowveld Bus Company in Limpopo; PAL Bus in Mpumalanga; and Mphakathi in Mpumalanga among others.

8. Commuters across the country are forced to use taxis and trains.

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