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DURBAN'S scaled down bus service got under way yesterday as promised by the new operator, Transnat Africa.
About 43 of the 450 buses resumed operation in major Durban townships such as Umlazi, KwaMashu and Ntuzuma.
Transnat Africa said the full roll-out of the service would increase over the next few weeks.
Transnat chief executive Mike Jesserman said they planned to have about 100 buses on the road by the end of this week.
He said that since last Friday more than 80 drivers had come to Transnat individually to apply for their jobs despite no agreement having been reached with unions.
He said the company feared for the safety of their drivers because some drivers of the previous operator were demanding that all drivers who lost their jobs be employed.
The city and Transnat had planned that the bus service would be back by June 20, but hit a snag when the Transport and Allied Workers Union (Tawusa) demanded that all fired drivers be employed.
Transnat can only employ about 500 drivers, but Tawusa insists that all 1 300 sacked drivers be employed.