[LIVE] Gauteng taxi strike causing heavy delays

Santaco taxi association drivers go on strike across Gauteng, blocking major roads and highways, in protest over high vehicle prices.

Taxi drivers have now arrived at Emperor's Palace where Santaco is expected to give feedback on what has been decided.

The taxi driver strike has been called off as talks between taxi association Santaco and SA Taxi Finance Holdings are being held at Emperor's Palace in Kempton Park

The City of Johannesburg issues a statement saying that says that its law enforcement agencies, including the JMPD, are dealing with the illegal blockades.

A motorcyclist has been seriously injured after hitting a rock placed in the road by protesting taxi drivers.

JUST IN: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says parents have been urged to keep their children at home if they use taxi transport.

In its statement, OR Tambo Airport adds: “We are staying in close contact with the metro authorities and the South African Police Service in order to keep the routes into and out of the airport open,” says Leigh Gunkel-Keuler, Spokesperson of O. R. Tambo International Airport. 

“However, protest action of this nature is not entirely predictable and passengers scheduled to depart from the airport on Thursday should make every effort to give themselves more time to get to the airport,” she says.

OR Tambo International Airport management has advised passengers flying from the hub to allow for longer travel time to the airport.

In a statement, it says: "The airport is not one of the six entities that the Mass Taxi Industry Protest Action Committee (MTIPAC) plans to target with its protest activities, but management of O. R. Tambo International Airport understands that certain highways and routes could also be subject to blockades or congestion."

One shouldn't assume common sense is common.

It appears police are making progress near Allandale in Midrand.

There have been reports of violence and intimidation across the province.

What we know so far:

- Santaco is upset over the price of Toyota Quantum mini-buses.

Drivers affiliated to South Africa National Taxi Council (Santaco) have gone on strike on Thursday morning after talks with SA Taxi Finance Holdings deadlocked.

The association argues that the monthly instalments on the Toyota Quantums it uses are simply unaffordable.

Good morning. Welcome to EWN's live blog on South African National Taxi Association's strike across parts of Gauteng today.