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uberTimeslive reports that Uber and Taxify operators on Tuesday vowed to shut down the app-based e-hailing operations in Johannesburg.  

Early in the morning in Rosebank, drivers blocked pick-ups of passengers who were wanting rides from their colleagues who had not joined the protest.  At an assembly point in Zoo Lake‚ the taxi operators stopped some Uber and Taxify operators who were transporting customers on Lower Park Drive from continuing with their journeys.  Organisers also sent groups of drivers to popular pick-up spots‚ including Gautrain's Park Station and Sandton‚ to collect drivers who had defied a call to strike‚ ordering them to join the protest gathering near Zoo Lake.  Vhatuka Mbelengwa‚ spokesman for the general task team comprising operators from both platforms‚ said the operators wanted an increase in the fees they were receiving from both companies.  "For Uber‚ we want them to reduce the 25 percent they are taking.  We also want them to stop getting more operators on the platforms as these are oversubscribed‚" Mbelengwa indicated, adding that they would ask both companies to stop training new drivers.

  • Read this report in full at Timeslive
  • Read too, Uber and Taxify ‘reckless’, say striking drivers, at The Citizen

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