Support for taxi industry
ENOCH Mgijima Local Municipality executive mayor Lindiwe Gunuza Nkwentsha has pledged the local authority’s support for the taxi industry as Uncedo listed its challenges during the association’s quarterly national council meeting at the Moth Hall in Komani last week.
Uncedo Taxi Association deputy chairman Phindile Goqoza said the structure wanted to be part of the main stream of business and to work with financing institutions, dealerships and manufacturers of vehicles, the banking industry and insurance bodies.
He said Quantums were highly priced and had become out of the financial reach of taxi owners.
“The executive committee is faced with the situation of leading frustrated members who are unable to afford the vehicles.”
Other stumbling blocks were passengers who chose to hitchhike and a lack of cooperation from South African banks.
“It costs us a lot of money to buy those vehicles and we go to work, but people are not coming for our services and we do not get the money.
“South African roads are also not adequate – we have to do a lot of repairs, even while our vehicles are still new.”
Government was making policy decisions which affected the taxi industry without calling for input, he claimed.
Gunuza Nkwentsha said the municipality was prepared to work hand in hand with the taxi industry. She said last year’s taxi strike proved that the provision of transport played an integral part in the local economy.
“There cannot be business without you. Last year people wanted to go home and could not.”
A portion of money allocated to the Integrated Development Plan should be considered for allocation to the transport industry. She added it was necessary to have a meeting with taxi operators to come up with a plan on how to use the inter-modal taxi rank.
“South African roads are not adequate – we have to do a lot of repairs”
TALKING TRANSPORT: At the Uncedo Taxi Association quarterly national council meeting were, back from left, Port Elizabeth branch chairman Diki Zamani, Mtata branch secretary Bishop Yolelo and Mkululi Skhonza. Front from left are Uncedo Taxi Association deputy president Phindile Goqoza, president Ntsikelelo Gaehler, Enoch Mgijima Local Municipality executive mayor Lindiwe Gunuza Nkwentsha and Bishop Solly Msiza