Taxi industry leaders to meet on possible fare increases

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Motheo Khoaripe speaks with Bafana Magagula, Chief Strategy Officer of the National Taxi Council of South Africa.

  • Prices for consumer goods and services are expected to rise as transport companies pass the increases on to ordinary South Africans
  • The taxi industry is trying to avoid implementing massive fare adjustments to protect struggling consumers
  • Santaco says when it finally implements a rate increase, it will try to keep it to a minimum

Commuters board a minibus taxi at Baragwanath Taxi Stand in Soweto, Johannesburg.

The taxi industry says it is considering all options before being forced to raise passenger fares.

The Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy announced another massive fuel price hike on Monday – which will take effect on Wednesday July 6.

93 octane petrol is expected to cost an additional R2.37 per litre, while 95 octane will cost an additional R2.57 per litre.

The latest hike will see fuel prices top R25 per liter for the first time ever.

Bafana Magagula, director of strategy at the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco), said industry stakeholders would meet soon to decide whether or not to implement a raise.

RELATED: Taxi Price Increase This Year Will Be Higher – Santaco

Every year, between June and July, the taxi industry reviews prices. That doesn’t mean it’s going to go up,

Bafana Magagula, Strategy Director at the South African National Taxi Council

We are looking for ways to exempt or subsidize taxis, which are the hardest hit, during this fuel hike.

Bafana Magagula, Strategy Director at the South African National Taxi Council

We are not saying that we will never increase. It depends how far we can go.

Bafana Magagula, Strategy Director at the South African National Taxi Council

We try in every way to avoid any sharp increases as much as possible, although it will depend on how long we can do it.

Bafana Magagula, Strategy Director at the South African National Taxi Council

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