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boardroomtableBL Premium reports that a much-anticipated national meeting of the taxi industry is hanging in the balance after SA’s second-largest taxi organisation, the National Taxi Alliance (NTA), threatened to pull out and demanded that the government should first addresses its outstanding grievances.  

Both the NTA and the government have, however, refused to say what the grievances were, referring to them only as "areas of concern".  If the NTA bails out of the meeting scheduled for 29 October, critical decisions aimed at formalising the unregulated industry, which will require consensus from industry stakeholders, will hit a snag.  There are 200,000 taxi operators in the industry, which contributes R50bn to GDP annually and spends more than R20bn on fuel.  A spokesman for SA’s largest taxi association, the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco), said they remained committed to the meeting as it would address the formalisation and empowerment of the taxi industry.  In September, transport minister Fikile Mbalula said the government planned to introduce a subsidy for the industry.  Meanwhile, the industry has rejected the government's R1.14bn Covid-19 relief fund and the conditions attached to it, saying it was too little compared with the losses the sector incurred during the lockdown.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive (paywall access only)

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