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fikilembalulaBusinessLive reports that the taxi sector deliberately breached lockdown regulations on Monday by resuming interprovincial travel and reverting to 100% loading capacity.  

This has the potential to add to the spiralling Covid-19 cases in the country as there is now no social distancing in minibus taxis.  The SA National Taxi Council (Santaco), and the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) announced at the weekend that from Monday that they would revert to 100% loading capacity, and resume interprovincial travel, among other measures.  The sector has dismissed the R1.14bn Covid-19 relief fund as a drop in the ocean, compared to the losses operators have incurred during the national lockdown.  It is also not happy with the stringent conditions attached to the relief fund, which include that taxi operations be formally registered as business entities and for income tax and other taxes.  On Monday, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said:  “The industry cannot, all the time, when there’s a problem, call for the streets to be rendered ungovernable.  You’re setting yourselves in collision with law enforcement [agencies], which is the state.  You’re daring the law, you’re challenging authority of state, there’s no need to do that.”  He added that he didn’t want “collision” over something they could resolve.  A Santaco spokesperson confirmed on Monday that taxi operators across the country had heeded the call to operate at 100% loading capacity, but said drivers and passengers were still required to wear masks and sanitise hands.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive

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