The operating hours for public transport will be relaxed this coming week only to allow social grant beneficiaries more time to collect their money.

After President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the days social grants would be paid, many industry bodies appealed for the operating hours of public transport to be eased to allow grant beneficiaries to collect their money.

Minister Fikile Mbalula has amended the Public Transport Direction to accommodate these people.

From Monday, March 30 until Friday, April 3, buses and taxis will be permitted to operate from 5am until 8pm in order to cater to the transportation needs of social grant recipients. These recipients will be required to carry their Identity Documents and South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) cards when travelling on public transport, to assist law enforcement efforts.

The exercise of social distance by all those using public transport must be observed and enforced.

Picture: Facebook / Fikile Mbalula

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