fikilembalulaANA reports that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Wednesday that all commuter rail services would shut down for the duration of SA’s national lockdown commencing at midnight on Thursday.  

He advised at a press briefing:  “All long-distance passenger rail services, both public and private, will stop operations for the duration of the lockdown.  Services of Shosholoza Meyl, Premier Classe and Blue Train operated by Prasa and Transnet respectively, have already been suspended."  Minibus taxis would be allowed to transport essential services workers and those allowed to make the necessary permitted movements, but would operate from 05h00 to 09h00 and again from 16h00 to 20h00.  As part of the relief measures for small businesses in distress, taxis that had been financed via national taxi finance, administered by the small enterprise finance agency, would be granted a three month repayment reprieve.  The minister also announced that vehicle testing centres and drivers’ licence testing centres would be closed during the lockdown.  Should drivers’ licenses expire, they would remain valid until the end of the lockdown, with a grace period of renewal within 14 working days thereafter.

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