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Santaco meeting with Mbalula postponed

Saturday’s government's planned meeting with taxi associations was postponed without explanation.

Abandoned taxis seen at the Bellville taxi rank on 6 August 2018, as a strike got underway in Cape Town. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The anticipated meeting between South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) and Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has yet again been postponed.

Santaco on Saturday said it would announce a way forward regarding its threats to abandon COVID-19 related regulations.

Saturday’s government's planned meeting with taxi associations was postponed without explanation.

The gathering has now been moved to Sunday.

Taxi associations are not pleased with the transport department's R1.1 billion relief package, which will see each driver receive R5,000 each.

The sector said the money was not enough and drivers are asking for R20,000 per operator.

Minister Fikile Mbalula has long stressed that government simply could not afford to cough up more than the offer on the table.

IRON OUT ISSUES AROUND RELIEF FUND

The anticipated meeting between Santaco and Mbalula was expected to iron out issues around the taxi relief fund debacle.

Santaco in Gauteng shutdown operations in parts of the province earlier this week, leaving hundreds of commuters stranded.

Operators have also imposed a taxi fare increase set to come into effect on 1 July.

At the same taxi associations in KwaZulu-Natal plan to abandon COVID-19 regulations and operate at full capacity instead of the 70% required as per lockdown regulations.

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