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MEDIA STATEMENT
13 November 2019

PUTCO SENDS CONDOLENCES TO FAMILIES OF VICTIMS OF R573 ACCIDENT

Putco confirms that bus no 7945 which has a roll-over protection, was operating on the R573 and got involved in a fatal accident around 04:18am at Bynespoort, a few kilometres from Roodeplaat Dam, on Wednesday, 13 November 2019.

It is reported that there was poor visibility as the condition of the road was wet and slippery due to rain. The bus overturned and unfortunately two passengers lost their lives while 42 commuters were sent to Akasia, Montana and Pretoria East hospitals for observation and treatment. We are saddened by this incident, we wish those injured a speedy and full recovery.

We would like to convey our sincere and deepest condolences to the families of the two commuters who sadly lost their lives. Names of the deceased have not yet been released as their families have not yet been informed.

According to footage review, the driver’s estimated speed was 88KM/H on a rainy surface before the accident.

However, investigations are underway to ascertain the cause of the accident.

The Public Relations Officer is visiting various hospitals to provide the necessary support to the injured passengers from this unfortunate and regretful incident. We will provide an update in due course.

Putco has a Training Academy for Bus drivers and the selection process is rigorous. Driver behaviour is also monitored through on board monitoring system. In addition, we have a profile for every driver and feedback sessions are organised quarterly on driving patterns/style and then refresher training provided. We are committed to continuously enhance the skills capacity of our bus drivers.

Putco has Passenger Liability Insurance and Netcare 082911 Emergency Medical Assistance for passengers, in an unfortunate event of an accident whilst being transported by a Putco bus.

Enquiries:

Jack Sekwaila: Executive Group Operations Manager-0825782520, jackS@putco.co.za

Matlakala Motloung: Business Development and Marketing Executive- 0824584426, Matlakalam@Larimar.co.za

PUTCO was founded in 1945 and is South Africa’s oldest and largest bus company transporting more than 350 000 passengers per day.  The company operates in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. PUTCO operates a fleet of about 1 800 buses, has over 2 000 drivers of which more than 50 are women. PUTCO travels about 90 million kilometres a year and carries more than 70 million passengers a year.

About PUTCO

Mr. Pisapia was appointed as Managing Director, MD in September 2004. Pisapia is a director of Carleo Entreprise Limited and Carleo Investment Limited.The Public Utility Transport Corporation (PUTCO) was established in 1945 after the dramatic bus strike of 1944. It was run by visionary men like Tom Frith and Jack Barregar until it was renamed PUTCO in the 70’s;.

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