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Fixing SA’s minibus taxi industry is proving hard

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The effort, if it succeeds, will resolve the anomaly where the government relies on the informal transport sector to provide a key public transport service.


19 Oct 2020
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Fixing SA’s minibus taxi industry is proving hard

Picture for illustration. Taxis parked outside Bree taxi rank in Johannesburg, 22 June 2020, during a strike over government's R1.135 billion relief fund. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The South African government has initiated a process to formalise and regulate the mini-bus taxi industry, with a view to making it viable and free of violence. According to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, training of operators and taxi workers across the value chain should be an integral part of the industry development and skilling pro-gramme. The effort, if it succeeds, will resolve the anomaly where the government relies on the informal transport sector to provide a key public transport service. Minibus taxis are the preferred mode of transport for most commuters because they are more efficient and widely available than...

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