Greyhound spokesperson Leslie Matthews told Business Day the opportunities for employment were “in excess of 200 people, immediately”.
“The new owners are a private investment entity, level 1 BEE, owned by a family trust. They want to be in the background. They are not egotistical people, which I think is refreshing in SA,” Matthews said.
“The most important thing for them is to get these buses on the road and people employed again. On behalf of the new investors and owners, we are humbled that we can contribute, in some small way, to employment of people in SA.
“We know about the erratic fuel price increases, we are not going to let that stop us from giving people affordable and luxury transport. We will look at other cost containment measures.”
Ekurhuleni’s member of the mayoral committee for transport, Alco Ngobese, said: “I’m impressed with how you have quickly bounced back after closing the business last year. It’s not going to be easy, but the hard work has already been done because Greyhound is a household name.
“Transport is the backbone of our economy in this country. That’s why, as the metro, we support the relaunch. It will drive economic recovery and connect people.”
Buyile Matiwane, deputy president of the ANC-aligned SA Student Congress (Sasco), said: “We are overjoyed at the relaunch of the bus service. We encourage you to continue with the discounts for students.”