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Salary payments kick off at Translux operator Autopax

Jan 29 2020 15:46
Khulekani Magubane, Fin24

Buses were stoned as minibus taxi drivers continued to protest against the introduction of the Autopax bus service in the Mamelodi area, east of Pretoria. Three buses were damaged. PHOTO: Lucky Nxumalo

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Unions told Fin24 on Wednesday that Autopax had processed the payment of employee salaries on Wednesday and that the last of the employees were likely to receive their salaries by Thursday.

Autopax – the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa subsidiary that operates Translux and City-to-City coach buses – has experienced financial challenges linked to the state-owned entity's own troubles.

In his audit report on Prasa for 2019, Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu flagged as much as R27.2bn as irregular expenditure.

Prasa was placed under administration last month, amid claims of corruption and maladministration which threatened its viability.

On Wednesday, South African Transport and Allied Workers Union spokesperson Zanele Sabela told Fin24 the union had been reliably informed that workers were being paid their salaries, as per a commitment earlier in the week. 

"I have it on good authority that the balance of salaries is being paid as we speak. Depending on the employees' bank, it will reflect today or tomorrow," said Sabela.

A source told Fin24 that payments were still being made for staff members by Wednesday afternoon, and more clarity was expected by Thursday.

Prasa spokesperson Nana Zenani confirmed to Fin24 that salaries were being paid.

Autopax is the latest state-owned entity to experience challenges in paying salaries to staff, with the Nuclear Energy Corporation of South Africa facing the same challenges this past month and Denel grappling with the same issue more than once last year.

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