4 interesting facts about the South African taxi industry

4 interesting facts about the South African taxi industry

South Africa's taxi industry is worth millions; how much do you know about the industry?

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South Africa's taxi industry is a great example of successful black self-empowerment, despite the negative stigma that clings to it.

About 15 million South Africans make use of taxis every day. The taxi industry has given jobs to more than 600 000 South Africans - a very impressive feat.

Taxis are the cheapest and most available transport available to South Africans, but the drivers and the South African National Taxi Council feel the government are treating them unfairly.

Briefly.co.za reported that hundreds of early morning commuters were left angry and frustrated on Monday morning when they were left stranded by yet another taxi strike.

How much do you know about South Africa's taxi industry?

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Test your knowledge with the 4 quick facts we have here:

1. Until 1987 taxis were illegal

When you look around now, it is hard to imagine a time when taxis weren't blasting loud music and honking everywhere.

But taxis were only made legal in 1987 after the apartheid government initiated the policy of economic deregulation.

2. The taxi industry is worth billions

According to the SouthCoastHerald, it was revealed last year by the SA National Taxi Council that the taxi industry makes around R90 billion per year.

The taxi industry keeps records and pays tax just like any other business does.

3. Minibus taxis make up about 60% of public transportation in South Africa

Arrive Alive reports that minibus taxis account for roughly 90% of the taxi market and 60% of public transportation.

Rail and bus transportation account for 15% and 20% respectively while 10% of public transport is provided by taxi cabs.

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4. Taxis account for double the number of road accidents in the country

Most people won't be surprised by this. Taxi drivers are notoriously famous for their driving.

It is estimated that 70 000 taxis are involved in accidents (crashes) every year - double the number of accidents in general.

This means that of the more or less 36 people who die on South African roads every day, 3 die in accidents involving taxis.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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