The taxi industry is set to present a proposal to cabinet that will be more commuter
focused instead of operator focused. This was one of the outcomes of the three-day
lekgotla which aimed to address and find resolutions to the industry’s challenges.
Spokesperson for taxi union Santaco Thabisho Molelekwa says the industry needs to
have a formalised structure in place that are compliant with the various legislatures.
Molelekwa notes that one of the resolutions was that the industry adapt a hybrid model
which is a combination of companies and co-operatives that will be established to
ensure that these formalisations come into effect.
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says he is in the process of establishing a
task team to help implement desperately needed changes to the taxi industry. He was
speaking following the conclusion of the taxi lekgotla.
The Minister notes that the task team will be made up of representatives from the taxi industry and government. He also referred to government subsidisation of the taxi industry, which will be implemented on April 1.
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