Monday, August 28, 2006

Taxi drivers threaten to go on strike

By Tando Mfengwana

South Africa will have to prepare itself for another violent strike — but this time from taxi drivers who are upset about the government's taxi recapitalisation programme.

The Cape Times reports that the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (Cata) , which has about 7 000 members, the KwaZulu Natal Transport Alliance and Johannesburg’s Top Six Taxi Management have warned of strikes, blockades and violent opposition to the programme if the government does not listen to their concerns regarding the recapitalisation.

Taxi operators are especially unhappy about the R50 000 scrapping fee offered by government. Sipho Maseti, Cata president was quoted as saying that they will only go on strike if government refuses to give them a hearing.

Western Cape Taxi Council secretary, Mongezi Mamani said that information about the programme will be given to operators.

Taxi operators want to know who is given the tender to supply the new vehicles and when they will get the R50 000 or new vehicles.

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