TO: PRINT AND ELECTRONIC MEDIA HOUSES
FROM: KGANKI MATABANE (BBC CEO) AND THABISO MOLELEKWA (SANTACO SPOKESPERSON)
DATE: 30 March 2020
The Black Business Council (BBC) and the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) will meet with the Director General of the Department of Transport on Monday, 30 March 2020, to discuss, amongst other important matters which will be tabled to both the Ministers of Transport and Police for a urgent resolution, financial relief to the Taxi industry in the wake of the national lockdown. The meeting is predicated by the fact that the Taxi industry, which is not subsidised unlike other transport providers, has been facing a number of challenges since the start of the lockdown.
The Taxi industry in recognizing the importance of the next three days where millions of our people are receiving their social grants and:
Mr. Philip Taaibosch, the SANTACO President, says “we recognise that our elderly citizens are an important section of society and as such, must be protected at all costs. They are also vulnerable to this opportunistic virus called Covid-19. Consequently, we ask all in our society to protect our elderly people as well as those who are sick and defenceless”
“It is our belief as the BBC that the Taxi industry, like all other Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) as the catalyst to achieving economic growth and development, should be supported financially to compensate for their losses of income. Engagement with the relevant ministers and the economic cluster are ongoing to find a suitable solution and package to support the industry through these difficult times” added Sandile Zungu, the BBC President.
Both the BBC and SANTACO applaud and thank all those Taxi operators and drivers who have been in the frontline and have put their own lives at risk making sure that our people are able to move to either provide the essential services or to access such services. We also thank the leadership of the Taxi industry for their guidance and willingness to do everything possible to ensure that millions of South Africans are shielded from the virus.
The Black Business Council (BBC) is the over-arching confederation that represents black professional, business associations and chambers. The primary purpose of the BBC is to lobby government on policy related matters and to play an advocacy role where policies are in place in order to accelerate the participation of black business in the mainstream economy.
The South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) was formed in 2001 with the assistance of government to be the umbrella body to represent all taxi operators in the Republic, the Organisation has structures in all nine provinces and regional structures, with over a thousand taxi associations under membership. The Taxi industry is the majority transporter of over 70% of the commuting public on a daily basis (estimated at 16 million passengers daily).