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COVID-19 Taxi Relief Support Under the Spotlight

July 23, 2020

Department of Transport

The R1.135 billion allocation towards the COVID-19 taxi relief support is not designed as compensation for loss of business.

The transport minister, Fikile Mbalula, emphasized this during the transport department’s Budget Vote 2020/21 in parliament.

The minister described the support rather as an “honest gesture on the part of government to meet the industry halfway”.

“While we have yet to find each other on how this relief support should be disbursed, we remain hopeful that our ongoing discussions will yield outcomes that are beneficial to the industry within the limited resources,” he said.

The minister indicated that the transport department was aware that intensifying investments in infrastructure will add momentum in returning the local economy to a stable footing quicker.

“It is for that reason that we have to support our major entities such as the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA), the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL), the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) in forging ahead with their infrastructure projects.”

Other developments highlighted include beginning the process to prepare the Ports Regulator for integration into the Transport Economic Regulator once the Economic Regulation of Transport Bill is passed into law, the target to develop the National Rail Bill this financial year has been deferred due to the anticipated non-approval of the Rail Policy in the current financial year, the target to submit the Air Services Bill to cabinet this financial year has been deferred and targets for the development of the South African Search and Rescue Amendment Bill and Aviation Safety Investigation Board have also been deferred.