AS IT HAPPENED: Department of Transport says taxi strike is called off

2017-06-15 07:01

Thousands of commuters were left stranded after the main route between Johannesburg and Pretoria was blocked by protesting Gauteng taxi operators.

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15 Jun 12:50
WATCH: Gridlocked - Commuters frustrated by taxi strike

15 Jun 12:39

Taxi strike called off

The Department of Transport says the taxi strike in Midrand has been called off following an agreement between the South African National Taxi Association (Santaco) and SA Taxi Finance Holdings on Thursday.

15 Jun 12:32

15 Jun 12:26
Department of Transport Ishmael Mnisi said the taxi strike in Midrand has been called off following an agreement between the South African National Taxi Association (Santaco) and SA Taxi Finance Holdings on Thursday.

15 Jun 12:07

OR Tambo warns of 2-hour delays as #TaxiStrike grips Jozi

Acsa says passengers travelling via OR Tambo International should plan around 2-hour delays in order to make their flights on time.

15 Jun 12:06
SANTACO says some of its taxis have resumed operation following this morning’s strike action.

15 Jun 11:49

Missed your exams because of the taxi strike?

Most universities in Gauteng will allow students an opportunity to write exams if they missed it because of Thursday’s taxi strike.

During the early hours of Thursday morning,  taxis blocked a number of main roads in the province causing severe traffic congestion.

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15 Jun 11:33

#TaxiStrike: Transport Minister condemns Gauteng strike

The Minister of Transport condemns the blocking of major roads in and around Johannesburg, Midrand and Pretoria by the members of SANTACO, which has brought traffic to a standstill, reports the Transport Department.

15 Jun 11:28
Drivers are driving into oncoming traffic. Seems drivers are going back and forth to confuse police, reports News24's Lizeka Tandwa.

15 Jun 11:27

'Don't come and take videos here' - taxi drivers threaten News24 journalist

A News24 journalist was threatened and intimidated by taxi and truck drivers during the strike in Midrand on Thursday.

According to the News24 reporter, there was a minor altercation between a motorist and drivers at the Allendale Road, close to the entrance of Mall of Africa.

15 Jun 11:24
Some hospital staff unable to get to work due to protest action and road closures, says Netcare 911.

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15 Jun 11:00
Police informing drivers that the memorandum will be handed over at Emperors Palace.

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On a lighter note...

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"The majority of students have made it to campus today to write their examinations. All examinations going ahead as usual. Any student who has been unable to write for good reason, must  apply to write a deferred examination within three days.

Students can apply online via the student self service portal or via a faculty office as per Wits's normal processes. More information on the Wits website at"

 - Shirona Patel, Wits Communications Manager 

15 Jun 10:31

15 Jun 10:26

'Exorbitant pricing' of Quantum at center of taxi strike

The increasing price of owning a taxi is at the centre of the taxi strike that has crippled transport across Gauteng on Thursday morning.Taxis blocked major roads and highways in protest over what they see as exorbitant pricing for the Toyota Quantum minibuses.

Drivers affiliated to South Africa National Taxi Council (Santaco) went on strike after talks with SA Taxi Finance Holdings deadlocked.

15 Jun 10:24

Santaco Gauteng Taxi Industry will be embarking on marching to the offices of The South African Taxi Finance offices in Midrand. 

"This is to hand over a memorandum of grievances to the Directors of the company.

Some members of the Taxi Industry has been hard hit by high interest rate of 28% and blacklisting due to payment of R15 000.00 per month over 72 months.

We can't take it anymore."

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Aerial footage of the situation in Midrand

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Reports of a commuter pulling a gun on protesting taxi drivers while trying to get into the Midrand Gautrain station. Taxi drivers chased him away. 

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