UPDATE: Taxi protest called off

MBOMBELA – The proposed taxi strike which was planned for Friday has been cancelled following a meeting today with Premier David Mabuza.

This was confirmed by Mabuza’s spokesman Zibonele Mncwango who said, “We will be issuing a media statement shortly. The strike has been called off.”

Mpumalanga News reports that according to Mohamed Matola spokesman for the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) the council has reached several agreements with the Premier. “Our meeting with the premier has yielded positive results,” he said.

The premier’s office managed to stop the proposed taxi strike, by agreeing to the demands made by representatives of Santaco.

In a statement released by his office it was agreed that the current 80 – 20 percentage split of the scholar transport contract by main and local operators will now change to 60 – 40 split with the intention to grow it to 50/50 after three years as applicable the statement read.

The memorandum which was agreed upon by both parties demanded that the Department of Public Works Roads and Transport should attend to the delays in the issuing of operating licenses or permits for local operators. It was also tasked to establish a database of all bus operators within the taxi industry.

“All court interdicts against the taxi operators by the main bus operator, Habana, will be withdrawn with immediate effect. The department should ensure that payments of outstanding invoices are made accordingly,” the statement read.

The Premier will convene a follow-up meeting in two-weeks’ time to check whether all the resolutions are being implemented.

UPDATE: Taxi protesters to meet with Premier Mabuza, November 8

Premier David Mabuza is expected to meet with members of Santaco today to try and avoid the taxi strike planned for Friday.

Two weeks ago striking taxi drivers from across the city brought traffic to halt in parts of the city, they are expected to do the same this Friday, should an agreement not be reached beforehand.

Mohamed Matola Santaco spokesman in Mpumalanga said they planned a bigger disruption saying they will be protesting and joined by taxi associations from other provinces.

Taxi strike expected to bring Mbombela to a standstill, November 7

MBOMBELA – Residents can expect severe traffic delays this coming Friday, November 10, as representatives of the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) in Mpumalanga will once again take to the streets to air its grievances.

Also read: Taxi protest: Drivers vow to return on November 10

Santaco, which governs the taxi industry in the country, is protesting the proposed amendments put forward by government which oversee scholar transport and aim to outsource the business to agencies outside of the province.

Also read: Taxi strike disrupts traffic on N4

Premier David Mabuza was not available at the time and the taxi drivers vowed to return from all corners of the province this Friday to see him in person.

Also read: Taxi-association disputes not yet resolved

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