Major Taxi strikes looming in Pretoria

PRETORIA – Members of the National Taxi Alliance are expected to gather at the Old Putco Depot in Marabastad at 9am before they begin their march from 11:00am heading to the Department of Transport which is between corner of Struben and Bosman Street.

 

Thereafter, the crowd is expected to move to the Union Buildings to handover their second memorandum at 1pm.

 

Taxi commuters and motorists have been warned of major disruptions on the road and also encouraged to avoid strike routes as much as possible.

 

It is reported that the taxi industry is not happy with governments response to a variety of grievances, including the Taxi Recapitalisation Programme, provisions of the National Land Transport Act, the public transport subsidies, the Integrated Taxi Network or the Bus Rapid Transport system as well as the operating licenses.

 

The taxi industry believes it is being unfairly treated by the government and that their grievances are not being attended to accordingly.

 

Provincial Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi has encouraged parents to get alternative transport arrangements so that their children don’t miss their exams.

 

Operations at Belle Taxi Rank in Pretoria have been disrupted since the early hours of the morning with major delays for commuters going to work including matric students.

 

The Tshwane Metro Police Department said officers will be deployed to monitor the march and all affected streets.

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