Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) says it will not increase its bus fares in June.

The bus service says it will, despite the expected fuel price increase expected in June, shield its clients from rising transport costs.

It is expected that fuel and diesel prices may increase by more than R3 per litre on the first Wednesday of next month, if the national Government does not intervene, which would lead to added pressures on the already-tight budgets of consumers.

GABS spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer says price hikes place severe pressure on commuters.

She says fare increases would never be implemented unless it is completely unavoidable.

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Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula says managers at different sections of rail-network agencies will be held accountable for the failure of services that end up affecting commuters.

The Minister last week paid the Mother City a visit to gauge the progress that is being made to repair and recover the Central Line service which runs between the CBD and Pinelands.

Mbalula says infrastructure, that has now been repaired and replaced, should also be better protected.

He says it is not only the government’s responsibility to care for and protect the rail infrastructure.

Mbalula says those, employed in senior positions at the province’s rail agencies, should take more pride in their work and be more proactive in the upkeep and protection of this national asset.

He says the government has a limited budget and can’t keep on repairing damaged and vandalized rail infrastructure.