The National Taxi Alliance has stopped operations today due to their March to the minister of transport, Fikile Mbalula’s office and the Presidency in Tshwane at the Union Building to hand over a memorandum of demands.
The National strike was announced on Monday by various taxi associations, who urged commenters to use alternative transport or risk being stranded as there will not be transport due to a massive countrywide taxi strike planned for Wednesday.
#ARMSTA (Alexandra, Randburg, Midrand, Sandton Taxi Association) has announced a #TaxiStrike on the 18th of November as they want to deliver a memorandum of grievance to @MbalulaFikile regarding the #COVID19 taxi relief fund. pic.twitter.com/Sp5b2QM5ov— Update South Africa (@Update_ZA) November 16, 2020
The National Taxi Alliance (NTA) is demanding answers from the government regarding the COVID-19 relief fund that Mbalula promised the industry due to economical effects of the global pandemic.
The industry was hit hard by the pandemic as taxis were not allowed to load at a hundred percent capacity during the hard lockdown.
Long-distance taxis were also not operating as inter-provincial travelling was prohibited.
According to the JMPD, taxi operators have now blocked off the N1 North at the N17, ahead of their planned protest march in Pretoria. Traffic is heavily backed up from Soweto Highway. Motorists are advised to avoid & to use Soweto Highway as an alternative route.
And sadly, some people who will not be able to get to work today will not get paid due to the no-work-no-pay policy.