Taxi op­er­a­tors, teach­ers agree to work to­gether

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Muzi Zin­c­ume

MTUBATUBA Taxi Own­ers Lo­cal and Long Dis­tance As­so­ci­a­tion, to­gether with teacher rep­re­sen­ta­tives, have reached an agree­ment to al­low teach­ers to use lift clubs and staff trans­port when they go to work.

The agree­ment ends con­fronta­tion be­tween the taxi op­er­a­tors and teach­ers who have been us­ing lift clubs as their mode of trans­port, how­ever, the as­so­ci­a­tion warned those trans­port­ing teach­ers to re­frain from steal­ing com­muters from the taxi ranks and along the road, af­ter drop­ping off teach­ers at schools.

Siphelele Mbatha, spokesper­son for the as­so­ci­a­tion said they un­der­stood that teach­ers play a piv­otal role when it comes to mould­ing, up­lift­ing and shap­ing fu­ture lead­ers in dif­fer­ent spheres of the so­ci­ety, in­clud­ing their taxi in­dus­try.

‘The ten­sion that erupted and sur­faced be­tween ed­u­ca­tors and taxi op­er­a­tors in our area, cre­ated havoc and a tense sit­u­a­tion. It was a sour and un­ac­cept­able re­la­tion­ship.

‘We be­lieve that work­ing to­gether we will move the trans­port in­dus­try to the next level. We have so many taxis parked at the rank wait­ing for their turns and when mo­torists steal our cus­tomers, it is like tak­ing bread out of our mouths.

‘We also urge peo­ple not to hitch­hike, as this poses a threat to their lives,’ said Mbatha.

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