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gautengANA reports that the Gauteng Provincial Government has announced that following the signing of a peace deal between rival taxi associations, it would reopen the taxi ranks and routes in Soweto that were closed in March after violent clashes.  

The signing of the peace deal between the Nancefield Dube West Taxi Association (Nanduwe) and Witwatersrand Taxi Association (Wata) followed a series of urgent meetings between the two and the Gauteng roads and transport department.  Speaking at the peace deal signing ceremony, Roads and Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo said:  “Moving forward (by) negotiations is the only way we should find solutions to problems that face the taxi industry in the area.  We cannot resort to violence and the killing of innocent lives when we face challenges."  The agreement committed the associations to the cessation of all hostilities while the department conducted an investigation into the duplication of registrations for certain routes and the issuance of problematic operating licenses for members of the two associations.  The signing ceremony paved the way for the department to engage with affected communities to appraise them on the way forward, with a public meeting arranged for Wednesday.  The routes and taxi ranks will open on 18 June.

  • Read the full original of Thembelihle Mkhonza’s report on this story at Independent News
  • See too, IFP welcomes reopening of Soweto taxi routes, at Independent News

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