petrolpumpSowetanLive reports that taxi commuters are to be hit with hefty increases of up to R5, the highest in history, as fuel prices and the cost of living continue to spiral.

The increases have been driven by the recent increases in the fuel price, which have threatened the sustainability of taxi operations. The Automobile Association of SA said on Tuesday that the price of fuel was expected to rise by between R2.40 and R2,60 a litre and the price of diesel by about R2.40 on 6 July. In Johannesburg, the Witwatersrand African Taxi Owners Association (Wata), which moves people between Soweto and the inner city, said it would increase its fares by between R2 and R4 from 15 July, while the Soweto Taxi Services (STS) will push its fares up by R5. This would mean a trip from Protea to the Joburg CBD, which now costs R22, will cost R27 from Friday. Meanwhile in Tshwane, the Mamelodi Amalgamated Taxi Association (Mata) said it would also increase its fares by R5 from Friday. A single trip from Mamelodi to the Pretoria CBD will now cost R25. Wata spokesperson Hamilton Miya said they had no option but to increase the fares to remain sustainable. “The last time we increased our prices was three years ago because we are mindful of customers. If we could, we would increase prices by R10, if you just look at how much petrol has and is still going to increase by,” he indicated.

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