Santaco suspends massive strike in Gauteng

The strike would have seen thousands of taxis stop operations on Monday.

FILE: Outside Bree Street taxi rank in Johannesburg CBD. Picture: @Mokgomogne via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) has suspended a planned strike in Gauteng which would have seen taxi operations crippled in the province.

This week, Gauteng Premier David Makhura met with Santaco representatives to reach an agreement over some concerns the council has raised.

Taxi owners are mainly unhappy about the slow pace at which operating licenses are being assigned to some vehicles.

The strike would have seen thousands of taxis stop operations on Monday.

Santaco Secretary-General Ralph Jones says, so far, discussions with government have been productive.

"There is an understanding between ourselves and the government. Most things in the memorandum we had have been addressed.