POLOKWANE – Commuters have been faced with yet another price increase in taxi fares. This is a result of the petrol price increase.
The current increase, follows an increase in taxi fares that took place earlier in the year and saw an increase in some areas of as much as R3.
Kholekani Legae from Flora Park said she couldn’t believe there was yet another increase. “We understand that petrol has gone up, but we are dying here. We have been advised that from 15 October, the taxi price will increase from R7 to R9, that’s an additional R2 everyday, twice a day. I recently moved to Flora Park because I though the burden of transport would decrease, but it seems I was mistaken. It is very worrying for me because it now feels like I must perform magic and pull money out of a hat, just to make it through the month,” she said.
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Another commuter who wished to remain anonymous said that although he understand that the increase had to happen at some point, increases should be up for public discussion to enable transparency in the entire process.
“The commuters need to know why there is an increase and why they are increasing by the amount that they increase. We should have public discussions about it until a consensus is reached. It is not good that we just have to agree and go along with what they are saying, whereas we don’t know what costs the money will cover. They need to stop acting like they are doing us a favour, the taxis and commuters have a mutually beneficial arrangement it is not one sided,” he lamented.
Comfort Matsobane Lekgothwane, the National Taxi Alliance Secretary, explained that the price increase was inevitable. “It was necessary because of the petrol price that has increased by R1,91. We face unemployment as a result, hence the fares had to increase so that we can also survive. The taxi industry is bleeding, if it were a person it would be in ICU. People need to understand that we have to pay installments on the taxis and petrol is also very expensive. We are in trouble,” he said.