Santaco strike remains suspended amid talks with authorities

Last month, drivers affiliated to Santaco shut down highways and other major routes in Gauteng over grievances with SA Taxi Finance.

FILE: Thousands of motorists were stranded around Gauteng when key routes were blocked by protesting taxi drivers. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) says its proposed strike will remain suspended as it starts talks with the Transport Department on issues of vehicle financing and subsidies.

Last month, drivers affiliated to the council shut down highways and other major routes in Gauteng over grievances with SA Taxi Finance, which included loan interest rates as high as 28%.

Another strike was scheduled to start last week but was called off after the department agreed to negotiations.

Santaco’s Midday Mali says the Ministers of Transport and Finance have agreed to hear their grievances.

“So far we are comfortable because we managed to give them the issues that are affecting us as an industry. Point number one is an issue of subsidy, point number two is an issue of operating licenses that we are struggling to get here in Gauteng, and number three is the issue of finance.”

He says the negotiations are scheduled to start next week.

Mali says a strike remains off the table for now.