I need to correct some of the assumptions made by the author.
The City of Cape Town was an early adopter of e-hailing and one of the first in South Africa to embrace the technology to hail metered taxis. We worked with operators to find a regulatory solution to license Uber drivers soon after Uber started operating here.
We had and continue to host substantial engagements with metered taxi owners and e-hailing operators about public transport operating licences in an effort to ensure that operators can operate lawfully and that the market is not oversupplied.
We reached an agreement with Uber on the number of operating licences the City would support based on their first business plan, which set out anticipated demand, and then set about assisting applicants to proceed with the application process.