CAPE TOWN - The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry reveals the disorder caused by the current taxi strike which has brought daily activity to a standstill.
The current taxi strike follows grave frustration over taxi impoundments, new taxi laws and the upcoming provincial South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) elections.
There has been several hindrances in the minibus and taxi industry which have failed to been resolved by the taxi associations.
As a result, the current taxi strike has been planned by Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (Cata) who have distributed flyers around the city to inform commuters of the strike.
The Cape Chamber says:
“The impending strike by the minibus taxi industry will further exacerbate the transport problems that business is experiencing in the region,” says President of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Janine Myburgh.
“We are already dealing with a disrupted and inefficient rail service compounded by a traffic congestion problem,” said Myburgh,
“so this could very well be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back".
The lack of clear leadership in the taxi industry needs to be addressed, and the Chamber urges all parties concerned to come to some provisional agreement in the short term, because business can ill afford another blow to operating efficiency in what is already very challenging economic times.
“The taxi industry is of the belief that vehicles have been impounded unfairly, said Ms Myburgh, “and if that is the case, this could be due to one of two factors: a large number of taxis being non-compliant in terms of safety and fines, or a system that is not impartial and fair.” Road safety cannot be compromised and the rule of law needs to be upheld. “If there is any potential for corruption in the system, this needs to be identified and eradicated", Myburgh said.
The taxi industry also needs to understand that the strike will force people to find other modes of transport, and people may very well migrate to alternatives with some not returning to using minibus taxis. “This strike is bad news for everyone concerned,” said Myburgh, “and when business suffers so does our community".
The Chamber expressed their hope that all parties that are planning to meet at the Wynberg Military Base tomorrow will understand the social impact at stake should an agreement not be reached.
The state of our economy and the well-being of our workers depends on this agreement, reiterates the Chamber.
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