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Alex taxi fare increases from R11 to R30

Alexandra (Alex, often referred to as Gomora) residents use to pay R11 from their township to the richest square mile in Africa, SANDTON. On Sunday it was mentioned that the Alexandra taxi fare has will be increased by 172% for a single trip.

Now passengers traveling from Alex to Sandton, or from Sandton to Alex will be expected to pay R30 from June 15.

ARMSTA (Alexandra-Randburg-Midrand-Sandton Taxi Association) and ATA (Alexandra Taxi Association), the organizations responsible for these steep fare have said in bold that this is the only way for them to remain operational.

Since the beginning of the lockdown, there has been a limited number of passengers capacity allowed, on level 3, only 70% of the capacity is allowed, and thus this has had them in dire financial state as explained by the ATA spokesperson Mxolisi Ximba.

Ximba explained that they ‘took this decision because’ they ‘cannot wait any longer.’

“We are suffering. Taxi industry people are losing their cars every day. I have four vehicles and I am battling to pay the installments for all of them,”

He further explained that “It is becoming increasingly clear that the government does not care about us. We do not even hear a word from our structures on progress being made in negotiations with the minister regarding how the government will compensate us.”

The Armsta’s executive committee member, John Mnisi, shared the same sentiments about the 70% capacity and how it’s making it too hard to continue to be fully operational in the taxi industry.  John said they ‘took this decision together as local associations because’ they ‘cannot afford to operate under the current Covid-19 coronavirus regulations, which do not consider issues like the petrol price increase. The current allowance of 70% carrying capacity on taxis is killing us,’

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Sources: News24



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