Tuesday, April 21, 2009

No Taxi Jobs Lost From BRT, Says Transport Minister

Transport Minister Jeff Radebe is trying to convince taxi operators and unions that Johannesburg's new bus rapid transit system will not eliminate taxi jobs or result is revenue losses, but many in the taxi-driving community remain tough to convince.

"I want to state emphatically at the outset... The government guarantees no loss of legitimate jobs and profits among those who make the shift into the BRT systems," [Radebe] told delegates at the South African National Taxi Council's (Santaco) BRT Summit at Gallagher Estate in Midrand.

...The taxi industry was the "nucleus" of the BRT system.

...Earlier Santaco president Andrew Mthembu called for the government to halt the plan completely.

"We are appealing and pleading... for us to meaningfully engage with this [BRT], let this thing come to a halt completely," he said.

No job losses in taxi industry, says Radebe
Independent Online
April 20, 2009