OPERATIONS at Johannesburg’s beleaguered Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service, Rea Vaya, would resume today after a six-week strike by drivers, operator Piotrans announced on Wednesday.The strike-crippled Rea Vaya operations, led to the dismissal of 162 bus drivers, and cost Piotrans R700,000 a day.Speaking to reporters at the Rea Vaya terminal in Soweto, Piotrans communications director Dumisani Mntambo said the company had hired and trained 65 bus drivers who would work some of the routes from today.However, only about 38% of the routes are expected to be in operation on Thursday."We embarked on an aggressive recruitment process to employ and train new drivers who are ready to go on the road.… We obtained approval from the City of Johannesburg on a plan for the resumption of services based on the number of drivers we have," Mr Mntambo said.However, he said Piotrans would need more than 200 bus drivers to operate at full capacity.Chief operating officer Javier Cajiao said some of the st...

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