Sup­port for taxi in­dus­try

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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”

Pic­ture: ABONGILE SOLUNDWANA

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

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