Cape Town - Translux, the luxury coach operation whose route network extends across South Africa and major cities in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe, says cockroaches are a year-round problem, despite attempts to oust the pests from their buses.
The coach travel company was responding to photographs showing cockroaches scurrying around on one of their buses.
Traveller24 reported on Monday, 4 January of how a traumatised traveller, who asked to remain anonymous, had to endure a trip on a Translux bus headed from Somerset West to Port Elizabeth on 28 December 2015 infested with the bugs.
The reader said he and his wife could not sleep during the trip as they had to stay awake, "killing cockroaches all night long," and "it was really unpleasant as the roaches were everywhere!"SEE PICS: Cockroaches on Translux bus leaves passengers grossed out
Responding to request for details on its bus cleaning services Translux spokesperson and Acting CEO of Autopax (Translux's parent company) Bongani Kupe said, "This is an all year round problem which then escalates during the peak season, when there are more people travelling on [their] buses".
Translux said it makes use of a stringent programme to ensure the coaches are pest-free. "We fumigate our coaches at least two to three times a month and we have increased the frequency for the peak period".
Translux confirmed they have also recently appointed a new contractor with "more effective and safe products”.
But alas, the roaches remain.
"Passengers bring their own food [onto the buses] and this also contributes to the increased number of cockroaches in coaches. The issue of cockroaches and pests in long distance travel is a concern to all the role players in the industry," Kupe said. Want to share your travel experiences with us? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or post them on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts - you could be featured on News24.