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[UPDATE] Santaco meeting with Mbalula over COVID-19 relief delayed for 3rd time

Mbalula is hoping to resolve the impasse at a meeting with taxi associations today, having previously mentioned that government simply cannot top their R1.1 billion offer.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: @MbalulaFikile/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Government's planned meeting with taxi associations has been postponed yet again - with no explanation for the delay.

The gathering was initially scheduled for this week - but was shelved.

The meeting has now been moved to Sunday, amid threats from some in the industry of a complete disregard of COVID-19 related regulations come Monday.

Taxi owners said that the department's R1.1 billion relief package was not enough to help operators affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and wanted more money.

Mbalula is hoping to resolve the impasse at a meeting with taxi associations today, having previously mentioned that government simply cannot top the offer.

But Santaco is standing its ground, insisting that government's R1.1 billion won't go far enough.

The association said that it had been deeply impacted by restrictions placed on loading capacities during the national lockdown.

At the same time, Santaco in KwaZulu-Natal said that they’d resolved to load taxis to full capacity, increase taxi fares and resume operating on long-distance routes without permits from Monday.

The association has also threatened a total shut down in the province if their members were stopped by law enforcement or traffic officers.

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