Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula is expected to meet taxi associations over the stalemate over the COVID-19 relief fund. On Monday, Gauteng taxi associations embarked on a shutdown leaving thousands of commuters stranded. Government has offered over R1-billion in relief, but tax owners say this is not enough. To discuss this, we are joined by Santaco's Thabiso Molelekwa. Courtesy #DStv403
JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula is expected to meet with taxi associations on Saturday.
"The minister knows what is at hand. The minster knows what the grievances of the industry are..." said Santaco spokesperson, Thabiso Molelekwa.
The taxi industry has rejected government's relief fund of over R1-billion.
“That money is not enough. Unfortunately, there is a need to find some way in which there can more injection into this relief...” Molelekwa said.
They claim the relief fund is not enough to keep some owners afloat.
Taxis are only allowed to run at 70 percent loading capacity.
The associations say this has crippled the industry.
The transport department hopes to reach an agreement with the associations.
Taxi owners say government's offer of over R1-billion is not enough to offset their losses due to COVID-19. They say this will not be sufficient to keep some owners afloat. Earlier this week, Gauteng associations embarked on a shutdown to raise their concerns. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula's spokesperson Ayanda Allie-Paine joins us now. Courtesy #DStv403