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Covid-19 Taxi Relief Fund Launched

January 13, 2022

Department of Transport

The Covid-19 Taxi Relief Fund has been launched.

In a statement, SANews announced that the transport minister, Fikile Mbalula, officially opened the application process for the R1.1 billion Fund earlier this week.

In December 2021, the transport department pointed out that the National Empowerment Fund will manage the disbursement of the funds on behalf of the department.

Parliament allocated the R1.1 billion Relief Fund in July 2020 but disagreements with the industry led to a delay in disbursement that had since been resolved.

Mbalula indicated that at least 227 000 operators are expected to receive an estimated R5 000 in once-off relief.

“We believe that the disbursement process we are launching today is a stepping-stone towards the transformation and formalisation of the taxi industry. While this is a once-off ex gratia payment, it is a demonstration of the seriousness with which we take the role of the taxi industry in the broader public transport value chain”, he said.

Directions on the Fund were published in Government Gazette 45575 in December.

Taxi operators must have a valid operating licence or receipt as proof of application for renewal of an operating licence at the start of the national lockdown and must be a registered taxpayer.

The application process will remain open until the end of February 2022.