Taxi industry being sidelined - NTA

2013-08-14 14:48

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Johannesburg - Government is not taking the taxi industry seriously, the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) said on Wednesday.

"If this is not the government we elected, then we should be shown the real one that we put in power," NTA chairperson Mohanoa Francis Masitsa told a meeting with alliance members in Johannesburg.

"The taxi industry was not even afforded a footnote in the transport department's budget speech in Parliament, where we were invited."

Former transport minister Ben Martins was transferred from his portfolio after he made several promises to the NTA, said Masitsa.

"Other ministers before him were very slow as well. We met with Martins only once in 12 months... we are unable to give any credit to him as an industry."

He said the NTA wrote to ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe shortly after the budget speech was tabled in Parliament, and complained about the treatment it was getting from government.

"We are still to hear from the secretary general of the ruling party. We sought the intervention of the ruling party to help us."

The NTA wanted the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system to be scrapped, and that all operating permits the department had cancelled be re-instated, as the permit holders were not informed about the decision beforehand, Mositsa claimed.

Read more on:    national taxi alliance  |  anc  |  ben martins  |  gwede mantashe  |  johannesburg  |  transport

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