- The Minister of Transport has addressed the media on the relief packages for the transport industry
- Fikile Mbalula said the government has offered the iaxi Industry a relief package of R1.135 billion
- Mbalula also highlighted the difficulties in reaching an agreement with the relevant stakeholders
The Minister of Transport Fikile is today addressing the media and South Africa on the taxi relief support and economic stimulus for transport entities.
Mbalula said a number of companies have approached the government to access the relief funds. He added that there are about 25 000 registered metered taxi operators countrywide.
He said the government has decided to establish a dedicated relief support for the taxi industry.
In a his address, Mbalula unveiled a number of measures for the transport industry. Mbalula said the department will make resources available in the form of sanitisers, disinfectants and other personal protective equipment (PPE).
He explained that reaching agreement for the relief support for the taxi industry was a difficult process that involved extensive lobbying and convincing the relevant authorities on the importance and need for this fund.
Mbalula added that the Department of Transport will review the 70% carrying capacity for passengers.
Timeslive reported that Mbalula announced on Friday that the government had signed off on the R1.135 billion for the industry, which would amount to about R5 000 per vehicle.
Last week the taxi industry had told the Mbalula that it sought more than R4 billion, which would amount to about R20 000 per taxi. The Minster said on Friday that the ask was an impossible one given how strained government funds already are.
Mbalula said he will meet with the taxi industry in the coming week to give feedback on his engagement with his colleagues on all proposals.
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