MBABANE: Chief Ndlaluhlaza Ndwandwe, the Minister of Public Works and Transport said Cabinet will address public transport owners’ grievances regarding the loss of business that came with the COVID-19 regulations.
This comes after Sabelo Dlamini, the Secretary General of the Local Kombis Association told this Swaziland News that as public transport owners, they were facing challenges of having their vehicles attached by the banks for failing to service loans as the regulations does not allow them to operate at 100% capacity.
“Our vehicles might be repossessed by the banks because we are now unable to service loans due to the COVID-19 regulations. Government must just allow us to operate at 100% capacity, we will make sure the people are sanitized and wear their masks. Why are we made to suffer at the time when almost businesses are operating normal?” said the Secretary General.
Responding to questions from this publication on the subject matter, the Public and Transport Minister said government was aware of the challenges faced by the public transport industry after the implementation of the COVID-19 regulations, he promised that the issues would be addressed as a matter of urgency.
“The Ministry is aware of the challenges faced by the public transport owners in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis and these issues will be addressed as a matter of urgency. As a Ministry, we will work with Cabinet in making sure that the issue is addressed speedily” said the Minister.
Chief Ndlaluhlaza Ndwandwe