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18 September 2017 8:23 AM
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Unathi Henama, transport economist at Tshwane University of Technology breaks down the negative effects of the taxi strike.

Thousands of commuters across the Cape are left stranded as taxis go on strike across the Western Cape. The strike's effect goes beyond stranded commuters and has a knock on effect on the economy of the province as well.

Unathi Henama, transport economist at Tshwane University of Technology says that more than 60 % of people use taxis in the Western Cape. This means the taxi industry is critical to the economy.

This taxi strike is very damaging to the economy of Western Cape, especially when we are experiencing such low economic growth. A day lost is a day too significant.

Unathi Henama, transport economist at Tshwane University of Technology

Henama says the taxi industry has always been a contested area and that with it comes violence. He says that these situations could be handled better and the taxi associations could have gone to the MEC first before embarking on the strike.

Read: Taxi Strike: Golden arrow bus torched in Delft, several others stoned

He feels the strike is self-centred because of of the negative effects it causes. Not only will this effect the work day, Henama says that people will not be able to go to the locations to deliver things in fear of the the ramifications of the strike.

Unfortunately in South Africa right now we are at a stage where everything is falling apart. It is totally unacceptable for the taxi industry to conduct itself in this manner. They are holding the Western Cape economy to ransom

Unathi Henama, transport economist at Tshwane University of Technology

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18 September 2017 8:23 AM
Tags:
Taxi violence
Traffic
Taxi strike
#TaxiStrike
stranded communicators
taxi strike effects on the economy

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