Sunday, April 5, 2009

Jordaan Reassures Taxi Drivers as Transit Systems Develop

Amid concerns that taxis will be rendered obsolete by new transit systems like Johannesburg's bus rapid transit system, Local Organizing Committee head Danny Jordaan made an effort to reassure taxi drivers. He called taxis the country's "main form of public transport".

LOC CEO Danny Jordaan said he would set up a meeting with the minister of transport Jeff Radebe this week before his meeting with taxi operators presumably before the end of this week.

...The Johannesburg city centre and surrounding parts ground to a halt as thousands of taxi drivers took to the streets earlier in the week, to protest against government�s new bus system. Some of the reports emanating from the strike were that drivers were prepared to disrupt two of the world�s major sporting events in the country.

Jordaan says taxis are at the heart of our public transport system and will continue to be so, assuring the taxi associations of their role next year.

Fear not - LOC's Jordaan moves to reassure taxi operators
Sunday World
March 28, 2009