Didiza promises to work with taxi operators
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 17:15:24
The Tshwane Mayoral candidate for the African National Congress (ANC) Thoko Didiza has promised to prioritise the needs of the taxi operators should she assume office after the August 3 municipal elections.
Didiza was speaking during her meeting with taxi bodies South African National Taxi Council Organisation (SANTACO) and Local Taxi Association (LTA) in Pretoria on Friday.
Taxis will have designated parking areas where they can offload passengers.
Didiza says the ANC in Tshwane will be working along with the leaders of taxi associations to come up with innovative ways to improve the taxi industry.
“Fortunately this is not the first time we meet with the taxi industry, we met the LTA where some of the issues I referred to in my input were raised. Obviously majority of the issues that relates to the industry relates to their functioning, issues of permits, issues of routes and issues of the taxi rank. There has been a forum that the city has had as well as the province engaging with the industry to look at how they could improve some of the concerns that are being raised and all of the issues dealt with was the commitment going forward with the approach,” says Didiza.
Taxi bosses also complained about harassment by the Metro police.
Abner Tsebe a member of SANTACO has welcomed Didiza’s undertaking. Tsebe says they welcome Didiza with open arms as a mayoral candidate in Tshwane.
Tsebe says Didiza’s top priority as a mayor of the capital city should be to attend to the needs and challenges facing the taxi industry.
ANC’s Duarte visits Eersterus
Residents of Eersterus, east of Pretoria, say unemployment, poor service delivery and drugs still remain a serious challenge in their area.
The residents spoke during an ANC door-to-door campaign where ANC Deputy Secretary Jessie Duarte and Tshwane mayor elect Thoko Didiza engaged with them and urged them to vote ANC in the upcoming municipal elections.
Duarte says that they are looking forward into helping this community and promised that they will return after the elections to check the progress in this area.