Reduced taxi service in Durban

By Drum Digital
25 July 2012

Few taxis were operating in Durban ahead of a planned strike in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday.

"No incidents have been reported. However, very few taxis are operating," said metro police spokesman Eugene Msomi.

Taxi owners and drivers will march on KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize's office in Pietermaritzburg to hand over a memorandum of grievances over the government's taxi recapitalisation programme.

They are also dissatisfied with the provincial transport department's administration and issuing of operating licences.

Another grievance was the government's decision to recognise the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) as the sole representative of the taxi industry.

Msomi said taxi ranks were deserted as many drivers were expected to meet at the Mariannhill toll plaza around 9am before heading to Pietermaritzburg.

Lt-Col Vincent Mdunge said traffic would be diverted from the N3 to the R102.

Business of Chamber chief executive Andrew Layman said disruptions were expected on Wednesday morning.

"I can't say how widespread the effects are, but there is no doubt that some workers would have been late for work and some might not have been able to get there at all," Layman said.

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