Taxi operators shut down Rustenburg, demand answers in 14 days

Taxi operators in Rustenburg on Thursday, gave the local municipality two weeks to respond to their demands. The Bojanala1 Regional Taxi Council staged a peaceful march to the municipality on Thursday, to hand over a memorandum of demands relating to their operations. The march was also to highlight the taxi industry's stance on gender-based violence and xenophobia...read more


Tshwane protests 'over' as City, taxi drivers reach agreement, condemn xenophobia

The unrest in the Pretoria CBD is finally over after the City of Tshwane and taxi operators reached an agreement. Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Roads and Transport Sheila Senkubuge met with the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) and National Taxi Alliance (NTA) on Tuesday to try to resolve the impasse that prompted hundreds of taxi drivers to take to the streets last week...read more


A Joule in the crown for SA taxi industry

The newly announced taxi-recapitalisation programme is a perfect opportunity for South Africa to create the first successful African electric vehicle (EV). Instead of encouraging the sourcing of vehicles from the usual suspects, the Transport Department together with the taxi industry should embed technology in the process of improving the taxi industry in South Africa. The local transport industry should dust off the Joule plan and turn it into a new taxi plan for South Africa. There’s a need to...read more


Taxi rank nyaope addicts make commuting a 'living hell' in Pretoria

For many commuters in Pretoria, the drug ridden inner city is a journey fraught with danger. Vusi Ntuli uses the taxi rank on a daily basis while travelling from Soshanguve to Sunnyside. Ntuli said the biggest problem at the rank was the "nyaope boys" who make using public transport a "living hell". He knocks off from work at 5pm and arrives at the rank just before 6pm when...read more


Taxi drivers threaten to shut down the capital

Taxi drivers have disrupted all operations in the Pretoria CBD and they have warned that this is only the beginning of the destruction they will set on the capital. On Wednesday morning, Pretoria CBD descended into chaos after scores of rioters vandalised and looted foreign-owned shops, leaving some of them burning to the ground. According to taxi drivers who spoke with the media on Wednesday, the violence targeted at foreign-owned shops is a direct response to the alleged murder of one of their fellow driver...read more


Stakeholders to work together towards taxi space solution

Rosebank is currently facing significant challenges with the number and volume of minibus taxis in the area. According to Excellerate Precinct manager Lerato Khiba, the Rosebank Taxi Rank, privately upgraded in 2016, was not designed to accommodate the ever-increasing number of taxis operating in the area. “This is an important public transport medium upon which many commuters working in the greater Rosebank area rely...read more


Taxi drivers shut down Richards Bay after two men are murdered

At least 30 people have been arrested following three days of protests in Richards Bay and the closure of scores of local businesses as residents go on the rampage. It is alleged that the protests stemmed from two murders, one of a bus driver and the other a taxi driver, at the hands of suspected whoonga addicts. According to those who spoke to The Mercury on the basis of anonymity, taxi drivers then targeted...read more


Taxi industry turns to gas as high petrol prices bite

Faced with rising petrol prices which lead to fare hikes for millions of commuters, the multibillion-rand taxi industry is looking at gas as an alternative source of fuel. Taxi Investment Holding (TIH) director Joel Mafenya whose company is spearheading the energy revolution in the industry, was yesterday upbeat that there were already more than 1,200 taxis in the country running on gas after being converted from petrol...read more


Sanral to award tenders amounting to R8bn

The SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) will be awarding tenders to the value of R8.3billion this year, which includes seven major tenders, for the upgrade of the N3 highway in KwaZulu-Natal. Dumisani Nkabinde, regional manager of Sanral Eastern region, said the upgrades were part of the government’s roll-out of Strategic Infrastructure Projects in line with the National Development Plan...read more


Taxi driver dead, 22 pupils injured in head-on collision in North West

Education authorities appealed to public transport drivers to exercise extra caution on the road after one driver died and 22 pupils from different schools were involved in a "terrible" head-on collision in the North West. The collision, between two Quantum taxis, happened in Klerksdorp. "The pupils were travelling to their different schools at the time...read more


Driver of e-hailing taxi arrested for allegedly raping passenger

A 24-year-old driver of an e-hailing taxi has been arrested for allegedly raping a female passenger in Protea North, Soweto, earlier this week, Sowetan Live reported. Police spokesperson Sergeant Vincent Mashiteng reportedly said the driver was arrested after a 26-year-old woman told police about the rape on Tuesday night...read more


From top taxi driver to rank manager

BEHIND the kind eyes of 58-year-old Mavis Tholakele Dube is a fiery woman who spends her days running a taxi rank with a firm hand and a no nonsense attitude. MaDube, as she is known to many, is currently a rank manager at eSikhaleni and has been part of the eSikhawini Taxi Association (ETA) since 1993. She left her position as...read more


School transport under the spotlight after 72 pupils injured in morning crash

Safe school transport was raised as an issue needing urgent attention after 72 school pupils were injured yesterday in a bus crash in the southern Drakens­berg.Two pupils were critically injured after the school bus in which they were travelling overturned on Centacow Road, near Underberg. The other children sustained minor to moderate injuries...read more


Makhura vows to retaliate against ‘foreigners’ who attacked JHB police

Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, has condemned the violent, riotous behaviour, spearheaded by ‘foreign nationals’, which engulfed the Johannesburg CBD on Thursday. Johannesburg’s inner city was plunged into chaos on Thursday morning, when law enforcement agencies attempted to confiscate counterfeit goods from informal traders...read more


Taxi association suspends operations after sixth member gunned down

Wata acting spokesperson Sipho Nkwanyana confirmed to Sowetan that five other men were killed in the past four weeks in what is suspected to be internal disagreements within the association. Nkwanyana said the killing of the six members has resulted in the Wata offices and organisational structures being dissolved...read more


Wata taxi monitor gunned down in Soweto

A taxi monitor has been murdered, just a few days after the announcement that a retired judge would be appointed to look into taxi killings in Gauteng...read more