Cape Town appeared to be hit particularly hard.
Bellville bus terminus in Cape Town is usually a hive of activity. But at 6am on Wednesday there was just an eerie silence. Most of a handful of people there were waiting for a lift to work. One man from Samora Machel said he had taken three taxis to get to the terminus.
"My boss made arrangements to pick me up here. I am scared‚ especially for this evening. I don't know what will happen during the day or how I will get home. I just wish government or companies give the bus drivers what they want‚" said the man‚ who works in Table View.
A commuter from Eerste River said: "I just need government to invest in the public transport system. It is expensive and not reliable. The bus drivers have the right to strike‚ I don't blame them."
Moreen Fielies from Atlantis waited over an hour to get a taxi to work in Table View.
"I was at the taxi rank by 6am this morning‚ only to get a taxi by 7:20am. There are still hundreds of people waiting for a taxi. I don't know why the bus drivers are doing this to us‚" she said.
Fielies said the taxi she took did not take the same route as her usual MyCiti bus‚ so she had to walk a further 5km to work.
Craig Alan from Nyanga was a first-time commuter to Table View who shared his thoughts: "I was told that traffic will be bad this morning. I got a taxi from Nyanga at 6:30am only to arrive an hour later. I am not looking forward to this afternoon. I think it will be worse."