The contractors also demanded that the tariffs be immediately brought in line in accordance with an agreement.
NORTHERN Cape School Transporters (NCST) bus contractors and parents protested outside the Upington district office of the Department of Education yesterday, as the contractors have been struggling with late and non-payment for the past six months.
In a petition that was handed over yesterday, the contractors also demanded that the tariffs be immediately brought in line in accordance with an agreement.
“Monthly payments for the transport of pupils must be deposited in our bank accounts before the 10th of each month. We have been transporting pupils at a lowered tariff for a very long time and have been struggling financially. We often had to pay out of our own pockets to ensure that pupils arrive at school. “
The contractors added that the contract, which will be renewed in 2020, had included higher tariffs so that they could redeem the losses that they were incurring.
Meanwhile, officials at the district office in Upington complained that both the male and female toilets were overflowing with faeces due to a blocked pipe, where the bathrooms in the one block was out of operation for more than a month.
The Department of Education did not respond to media enquiries.
– Sandi Kwon Hoo