In the agreement, the two structures pledged to intensify their efforts to build a smart taxi industry that is weapon-free, successful, broad and an exemplary business model for strengthening the black economy. They also agreed that the TRANSPORT MEC should be instructed by Jacob Mamabolo to take decisive action against taxi associations riddled with internal rifts, struggles and other forms of instability that pose an imminent threat to the bodies and lives of commuter members and the public. Under the agreement, Mamabolo will have the power to dissolve the management of the associations and their immediate placement under temporary administration until order is restored. In the agreement signed on Monday, taxi bosses agreed that Mamabolo should study modern and transparent pricing systems for implementation by various taxi associations in a way that promotes accountability and resource savings. […] In presenting the plan to the NEC, he said: “Various options are being considered, including the creation of a national cooperative bank owned by the taxi sector or the creation of a national private company that will participate in economic activity on behalf of operators.” This would create “empowerment vehicles” that would “ensure that all operators in the sector enjoy economic benefits.” South Africa`s National Taxi Council spokesman Thabisho Molelekwa told M-G that the issue of a cooperative bank in the R8 billion taxi sector was long overdue. Molelekwa said at least 1,000 taxis are purchased each month. “You can imagine what the banks are doing. There is no form of empowerment, and we have wealth that is not in our hands. Read also: Why is SANTACO handing over the “jewel of the family” to SA Taxi? […] This month, the North Gauteng High Court Mamabolo decided to dissolve the executive committee of the Mamelodi Amalgamated Taxi Association (Mata) following a wave of violence, unrest and instability in the community. Mamabolo approached the court after taxi violence left 19 people dead in the area.
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