Cape Town Tourism commends efforts in finding temporary resolution by calling off taxi strike

The Cape Town Station Deck Taxi Rank stands empty. Photographer: Armand Hough / African News Agency (ANA)

The Cape Town Station Deck Taxi Rank stands empty. Photographer: Armand Hough / African News Agency (ANA)

Published Aug 11, 2023


Many commuters are breathing a sigh of relief now that the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) has called off the stay away.

The strike followed an impasse between the union and the authorities over the clampdown by City of Cape Town officials against traffic offenders.

Cape Town Tourism has extended acknowledgement to both the government and Santaco, the taxi association, for their respective roles in addressing the recent minibus taxi strike that impacted the entire city.

“We understand the complexities that underlie the issues at hand and wish to commend both parties for their efforts in finding a temporary resolution by calling off the strike,” said Enver Duminy, Cape Town Tourism CEO.

“During this period, the impact on citizens, visitors, and businesses across Cape Town has been noted.

“The tourism industry, being a vital component of Cape Town's economy and reputation, emphasises the importance of open dialogue and collaborative problem-solving.

“We firmly believe that the interests of all stakeholders – residents, tourists, and businesses – can be safeguarded through effective engagement.”

Cape Town Tourism also expressed hopes that deliberations that will take place over the coming days lead to sustainable solutions that address concerns and create a conducive environment for all parties involved.

“Cape Town, admired globally for its scenic beauty, holds a unique spirit of Ubuntu, emphasising unity and community.

“As a tourism industry, we understand the need to rebuild confidence in this destination that has captured hearts worldwide.

“We are committed to fostering an environment where the spirit of Ubuntu prevails, ensuring the wellbeing and positive experiences of both residents and visitors”.