SANTACO and the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) want the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) to join in the nationwide shutdown due to the rising cost of fuel in the country.
SANTACO and NTA want more to join the national shutdown
The two associations are the largest taxi groups in South Africa and are lobbying for other civic groups to join in the shutdown. SANTACO and NTA say rising fuel costs have made the cost of living unaffordable.
The associations explained that rising costs are killing their businesses and putting more pressure on commuters. SANTACO and the NTA have confirmed that taxi prices will increase in the coming weeks.
Taxi drivers and commuters are feeling the pressure fuel increase
NTA’s Theo Malele said the South African government’s fuel tax relief is not enough to soften the insane blow felt by soaring fuel prices. Bafana Magagula from SANTACO explained things from the perspective of taxi operators.
Magagula says the increase has put pressure on their businesses. He shared that repossession was rife but no one wanted to listen. Adding that the seizures are caused by rising fuel prices, SABC News reports.
Cosatu calls on government to EXTEND fuel tax reduction
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has called on the government to extend the temporary fuel level reduction. The union federation wants the R1.50 fuel tax cut to go beyond May 31.
Cosatu also wants the government to use the time of the extension to seek a more sustainable solution to fuel prices in South Africa. The federation held a press conference in Johannesburg on Thursday 26 May.
This follows its central executive committee meeting held earlier this week. Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said he called on the government to take drastic action to resolve the problems.
SA COULD REDUCE 33% OF ITS FUEL PRICE – IF THESE PROPOSALS ARE ACCEPTED
Don’t worry, the oil price situation in South Africa is getting traumatic. Nightmarish fuel costs and their repercussions threaten to bring millions of citizens to the brink. But could these new proposals help ease the burden?
The DA thinks it has a workable plan that can ease the pressure on households across the country. They are lobbying Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana, asking him to consider removing ALL TAXES AND TAXES from the current price of petrol.
The base price of fuel is linked to the costs of purchasing petroleum products in international markets and the costs of shipping these products to South Africa. This is almost half of the total value. Read the full story here.