Mbalula: Govt has no more money to offer taxi industry

File: Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula.

File: Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula.


JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula says the reality is that government has no more funds available to offer the taxi industry.

Mbalula briefed the media following reports of a planned taxi shutdown in Gauteng on Monday.

The association is opposing the government's R1.135-billion relief package, saying it is not enough.

READ: Taxi shutdown for Gauteng on Monday

"Increasing the amount that is available is simply not an option on the table. I wish to repeat, the door is still open for creative ideas to maximise value for this limited benefit for all operators in the industry," he said.

Mbalula says a strike will worsen will worsen the devastation felt by the industry.

"That is why this shutdown is counter-productive and is not good for Santaco, it's not good for the taxi industry and it is not good for all of us," he added.