Department of Transport
Discussion documents for the Taxi Lekgotla have been released.
In a statement, the transport department pointed out that the documents will “inform the content of the conversations with the taxi industry, other critical stakeholders and civil society”.
The National Taxi Lekgotla is scheduled to take place on 29 October 2020.
The transport minister, Fikile Mbalula, announced that, as from next week, the department will “engage with stakeholders and civil society through various platforms that include all forms of media from print, radio and TV, digital platforms that include social media and webinars”.
The minister called on South Africans to contribute to the conversation about building a taxi industry of the future.
“Engagements will vary from meetings with the Task Team on virtual platforms to written submissions that will be considered as part of packaging the final documents for the National Lekgotla.”
The discussion documents focus on four major themes, namely, Unity and Leadership of the Taxi Industry; Taxi Industry Empowerment Model; Taxi Industry Regulation and Taxi Industry Professionalisation and Customer Care.
Issues under Industry Regulation include challenges relating to issuing of operating licences; government officials, traffic officers and police officers that own taxis; the prevalence of illegal operators without operating licences and regulating e-hailing services.