MEC Nandi Ndalane and HOD Henli Du Plesis addressing the striking SANTACO affiliates. Photo by Otto Ngobeni

By: Otto Ngobeni

LIMPOPO – Taxi operators affiliated to the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) in Capricorn District marched to Limpopo department of Transport and Community safety yesterday the 27th of July 2017, to handover their memorandum of demands.

The fore stated Department outlined their plans to hold an Indaba with all taxi operators to discuss their concerns, after the operators displayed that they are unhappy about delays with the process of issuing operating permits.

Taxi operators say they are constantly receiving fines from traffic officials for not being in possession of permits.

Capricorn District SANTACO public relations officer Abram Mnisi said they are tired of paying fines and the department’s change of senior leadership is delaying the process of them being issued permits.

“We are confident that the department will now take us serious with regards to our permits.” explained Mnisi

Upon their arrival into the department’s offices in Polokwane, they refused to give their memorandum to HODs but demanded the MEC Nandi Ndalane to come and receive the memorandum in person.

During the memorandum handover, MEC Nandi Ndalane said the department will respond within the stipulated 14 days to the memorandum.

“We are going to comply with SANTACO’s stipulations as indicated in the memorandum.” promised MEC Ndalane

The march is currently suspended prior to the promise made by MEC.

Edited by Rhandzu Hlungwane