Western Cape Transport MEC Daylin Mitchell says authorities are still working to find an amicable solution that would allow for the reopening of the B97 taxi route.

The taxi route, running between Paarl and Bellville, was closed on 26 July after the flare-up of violence between competing taxi associations CATA & CODETA.

Mitchell says an extension of the route suspension was published last week.

He says he understands that taxi operators are losing money because of this closure but adds that the safety of commuters is now of main concern.

The Western Cape branch of SANTACO has meanwhile also called on the CATA & CODETA taxi associations to continue engaging with authorities.

SANTACO Western Cape spokesperson Mandla Hermanus says the safety of taxi commuters should enjoy priority should the B97 route be reopened.

Hermanus says further engagement between role-players is of great importance.

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The Western Cape Department of Transport says no new taxi operators’ licences will be issued to CATA and CODETA taxi operators until the suspension of the special regulatory process has been lifted.

The Department says it has engaged with the City of Cape Town to suspend the regulatory process in response to last week’s violent and disruptive taxi protests here in the Mother City.

Spokesperson, Jandre Bakker says only when authorities are satisfied that the violence had come to an end, would the lifting of the suspension be considered.

Bakker says Transport MEC Daylin Mitchell is studying the report he received from officials after the strike.

He says, should the violence continue, the suspension of the regulatory process will stay in place.

He says it has also been decided to place CATA and CODETA taxi operators under red status for the time being.

Bakker says some operators may also have their operating licences suspended.

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The Western Cape Department of Transport has urged the province’s motorists to renew their licences before the 31 March deadline.

To date, only 78% of motorists already renewed drivers’ licences as the deadline looms.

MEC Daylin Mitchell urges residents to use the remaining two weeks to renew their driving licences before the end of the month to avoid long queues and increasingly difficult time pressures.

Of the 327295 drivers’ licences from the Western Cape that should have been renewed from August 2021, 255551 have been renewed leaving 71744 to be renewed.

This means 78.1% of motorists have renewed their licences for the period under review.

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The Western Cape MEC for Transport, Daylin Mitchell says the arbitration process, to find a lasting solution to the ongoing tax-violence, has now started.

Mitchell says the new negotiation-process comes after the earlier mediation-process, between the province’s main taxi-associations, failed to reach a working solution.

He says the violence has claimed the lives of 83 people since the beginning of the year.

Mitchell also announced the suspension of financing to taxi-associations as a means to suppress the violence.

He says the move follows the inability of CATA, Codeta and Santaco to find a lasting solution to the violence.

Read Mitchell’s full statement here.

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The Western Cape Transport MEC, Daylin Mitchell has expressed his disappointment that, despite weeks of engagement, no agreement has yet been reached between taxi-operators.

Mitchell, during an online briefing yesterday said he had been in talks with representatives of Codeta and CATA, to find a solution to the ongoing taxi-violence.

Mitchell says the conduct of a criminal few, in the taxi-industry, is holding the livelihoods of thousand of Mother City residents ransom.

Mitchell and premier Alan Winde is again meeting with the provincial Police Commissioner, general Thembisile Patekile today to find ways to end the ongoing dispute.

Access yesterday’s full briefing here.

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