Public transport aimed mainly at white citizens faced financial difficulties. As early as 1930 trams were losing money and in the 1940s and 1950s, city transport as a whole ran at a deficit. The Deputy Town Clerk reported in 1947 that  there had been ‘a battle in progress or many years between the Council and the Indian bus drivers.’   Moreover the rising apartheid mentality favoured the view that each ‘race group’ should be served separately in transport as in other matters, impractical an idea as it was sometimes inhumane.