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Public Transport Subsidy Policy in the Pipeline

May 11, 2022

Department of Transport

A Draft Subsidy Policy that recognises the role of the taxi industry in South Africa is at an advanced stage of development.

The transport minister, Fikile Mbalula, revealed this during an address at the 6th National Elective Conference of the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO).

The minister declared that “unlocking economic opportunities and enabling the industry’s economic participation in the mainstream economy remains an important part of transforming the industry into a formidable economic player”.

According to the minister, SANTACO needs to engage with the draft policy document prior to its finalisation for implementation.

The plan is to table the draft policy in cabinet in June 2022 for approval for consultation.

The minister also pointed out that government remains on track to achieve “formalization of the industry both in terms of entrenching democratic practice from Association level to the National Council and in terms of commercial activity”.

“The key commitment we have made in this regard is to enable partial self-regulation where SANTACO plays a key role as a custodian of the Standard Constitution and Code of Conduct with a mandate to regulate conduct of members and Associations”, he said.

The minister also pointed out that a Panel of Eminent Persons has been set up to develop a sustainable unity and leadership framework for the taxi industry.

The Panel’s mandate is to lead discussions on unity and leadership and work to find a lasting solution and bring stability.

One of its tasks is to “critically analyse the historical and current status of unity within the taxi industry to find a workable and lasting solution to the ongoing disputes to bring stability”.