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santacoThe Citizen reports that despite a record increase in petrol prices, the SA National Taxi Association (Santaco) has given its assurance that when increasing taxi fares it will take into consideration the burden posed on commuters by Covid-19.

Spokesperson Thabisho Molelekwa indicated: “We foresee a part where taxi fares will increase. We also understand the reality that most of our commuters have lost jobs, while some of them have had their salaries reviewed as a result of Covid-19. Indeed, everybody is trying to make ends meet. At the time the leadership convenes for its annual review in June, all this will be taken into account to see how best to strike a balance.” Molelekwa added the financial losses incurred by the industry during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, along with current economic challenges, will determine how to price an increase in taxi fares. Santaco is not planning to increase taxi fares until June. Along with the petrol price increase that kicked in on Wednesday, the 27 cents fuel levy announced by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in March also came into effect this month, raising fears of food and general price increases.

  • Read the full original of the above report by Siyanda Ndlovu at The Citizen

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