santacoDaily News writes that the dire economic situation in SA means fewer people are using public transport, which could be fuelling the taxi wars that have become part of the transport landscape.  

This is said by to economist Professor Bonke Dumisa, speaking soon after the Land Transport Survey was released by Statistics SA on Monday.  The SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) confirmed that it was facing issues of having fewer passengers.  The figures showed that 18.8% fewer commuters used road and rail transport in August, compared to the same month in 2018.  The research also showed while there had been over 119.3 million journeys by passengers in March to May this year, this had decreased by 4.6% to about 113.7 million journeys in the period from June to August.  Dumisa said the figures were not surprising and that unemployment and high fuel costs were playing a major role.  He noted that in tough economic conditions, people cut down on expenses wherever they could.  Santaco‚Äôs Sifiso Shangase commented that he had observed that people were now getting up very early and spent hours walking to work even if it was a few kilometres away, rather than catching taxis as that would eat into their budgets.


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