Taxi meet­ing takes place to­day

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS REPORT -

THE PLANNED show­down meet­ing be­tween the taxi in­dus­try and trans­port min­is­ter Joe Maswan­ganyi that was to de­ter­mine whether next week’s planned na­tional mass protest ac­tion tar­get­ing govern­ment went ahead will now take place to­day. The meet­ing was ini­tially sched­uled to take place yes­ter­day, with the strike planned for July 12. MP Fil­tane, a spokesper­son for Mass Taxi In­dus­try Protest Ac­tion Com­mit­tee, which or­gan­ised the block­ade at Toyota South Africa’s man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in Prospec­ton in Dur­ban in May and last month’s protests in Jo­han­nes­burg and Midrand, con­firmed this week that the taxi in­dus­try had a list of is­sues that neg­a­tively im­pacted taxi op­er­a­tors that would be raised at the meet­ing. They in­cluded prob­lems with ob­tain­ing taxi op­er­at­ing li­cences; con­fu­sion about who ob­tained op­er­at­ing li­cences; trans­port sub­si­dies that ex­cluded the taxi in­dus­try; and the way state-owned lend­ing in­sti­tu­tions ig­nored the taxi in­dus­try. – Roy Cokayne

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