SA bids emotional farewell to Greyhound

Published by Andile Sicetsha

After 37 years of long, scenic trips across all corners of South Africa, Greyhound has announced the end of its journey.

Greyhound, Citiliner goes out of business

The bus service delivered the news on Wednesday, bringing an end to a legacy of affordable long-distance travel it shared with Citiliner, its sister service that will also be halting its fleet.

“It has been our pleasure connecting you across Southern Africa for the past 37 years. Thank you to all our passengers for your continued support,” Greyhound wrote in a statement.

Travellers will still be able to use Greyhound and Citiliner bus services until Valentine’s Day. Anyone with tickets booked for dates after 14 February 2021 will be refunded, the company confirmed.

What will happen to the workers?

The transportation group would not reveal the fate of its workforce. The most logical supposition is that thousands of its staff detail will be dissolved into South Africa’s growing unemployed population.

The Covid-19 pandemic has, once more, moulded a South African household name. Ster-Kinekor, in a statement released last week, noted that it has entered voluntary business rescue after recording consecutive monthly losses in revenue, since February 2020.

Another legacy retail giant Musica, owned by Clicks Group, will cease to exist in a little less than four months.

Social media reflects on treasured moments

All this doom and gloom needed a lift and social media had an answer. Loyal customers of the bus service shared memories of those long journeys across the picturesque landscapes of South Africa and crossing paths with kind-hearted fellow travellers.

Here are some of the reactions to Greyhound’s announcement.

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