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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula Addresses Taxi Fare Price Hike

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ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE HEART OF TRUST

Article by: Natalie Müller

TRANSPORT MINISTER RESPONDS TO TAXI FARE INCREASES.

This afternoon Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula expressed in a statement, that he has noted with great concern the recent fare increases advertised by various taxi associations and the ensuing outcry from commuters.

This comes after a letter/notice from the Alexandra Taxi Association made surface on social media platforms. The notice read that the association would be increasing their taxi fare by 175%. This would ultimately mean that a passenger commuting from Alexandra township to Sandton, would go from paying R11 to now paying R30 for a single trip.

In his statement, Mbalula reassured the public that he will engage with the taxi industry to seek clarity on the latest developments.

We are aware that some taxis have not been operating for some time now and that those which have been operating have been doing so at a limited capacity. We understand that there may be a need for fare increases but those increases must be fair – Fikile Mbalula.

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