Four days after the reopening of schools, pupils of Bosnanspan Primary School in Hendrina, Mpumalanga, are without transport and cannot attend classes.
The provincial Department of Education early last month ordered the cancellation of certain routes after meeting representatives of different regions.
When the schools reopened the department informed regional directors, circuit managers and principals of schools about the developments.
According to departmental spokesman Hlanhla Ngwenya, certain routes had to be cancelled because of "scholar transport problems".
Ngwenya said some transport operators were claiming for non-existent routes and others were running unroadworthy vehicles.
"We had to consider the safety of pupils," he said.
The school's principal Nonkaso Xaba said about 30 pupils could not get to school because they lived on distant farms.
One transport operator said: "We were not invited to the meeting. We don't know what the meeting was about."