Striking eHailing Drivers who Demand R50 Base Fare Hand Over Memorandum to Trade Department

Striking eHailing Drivers who Demand R50 Base Fare Hand Over Memorandum to Trade Department

  • E-hailing drivers handed over a list of demands, including R50 base fare, during their strike which began on Tuesday
  • The drivers believe that they are being exploited and call for an urgent meeting with the relevant stakeholders
  • South Africans were divided over the matter and took to social media to share their thoughts on the on-going strike

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PRETORIA- Thousands of e-hailing drivers across the country embarked on a strike on Tuesday to put an end to the alleged exploitation they face.

The Unity in Diversity group which represents Uber, Bolt, Didi and indriver drivers, handed a memorandum over to an official from the trade industry and competition department.

E hailing, drivers, strike, demand R50 base fare, handover memorandum
An e-hailing strike started on Tuesday and is set to last three day. Image: Johannes Eisele & Jaap Arriens/Getty
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The memorandum outlined a set of demands including the regulation of various companies operating in the same space.

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City Press reported that it has seen the memorandum which read uneconomic prices should be abolished as a way to enhance the sustainable business of operators.

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In a video shared by eNCA, drivers can be seen demanding a round table meeting with roads and transport MECs, the transport minister and e-hailing companies to take place within two days. One of the demands includes having a base fare of R50 and E-hailing companies should be held accountable for the moral operational hazards that they create.

Social media users weigh in on the on-going strike

@WetFlipFlops said:

“R50 base is laughable. I know these people are trying to make a living but working for Uber/Bolt won't get you there. Literally, the worst possible companies to work for.”

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@glencard98 commented:

“What exploitation? I would love for a 'boss' to say, 'We will get you all your clients and we will take 25% of the revenue'. Sounds like a win?”

@Prince_Ncube22 shared:

“It’s high time, too much exploitation.”

@Anil_Jhb added:

“It’s only a matter of time before they fire all the drivers and bring in self-driving cars.”

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Briefly News previously reported the future of electronic tolling systems in the Gauteng province now lies in the hands of the Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana, who is set to give clarity on the controversial system.

Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula says that while Godongwana will inform the country on whether or not the e-toll system will be continued or scrapped, Cabinet ministers also have a say in the matter.

Fin24 reports that e-tolls were commissioned in 2011 as part of a project to pay for the R17.9 billion improvements of highways in Gauteng.

Source: Briefly News

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