WATCH: Plight of school transport owner during lockdown

Transport operators involved in scholar transport have also been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as transport owner and bus driver Frans Makopo can attest.

JOHANNESBURG - The transport industry has been heavily affected by the Covid-19 outbreak in South Africa, especially those who transport children to and from school.

Transport owner and bus driver Frans Makopo has been out of a job since schools were shut in March.

Makopo is appealing to government for support.

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“Maybe if the government has no relief fund for us maybe they can loan us as an association and we will pay them when everything is back to normal," he said.

Grade 7 and 12 pupils have since returned to school, but once all pupils return Makopo says bus drivers will have to implement serious safety precautions.

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“Everything must be up to standard because we don’t know how long this virus is going to take," Makopo said. 

Some grades will only return to school in August, meaning there's still a long way to go for Makopo and others like him.

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