News24 reports that the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) is aiming at compensation of R250 a day for taxi drivers for the losses they are suffering during the country’s 21-day coronavirus lockdown.
“We recognise that our members are losing income and their livelihood is severely compromised, therefore we established this fund that will cushion the blow to our members: taxi owners, drivers, rank managers, queue marshals and taxi associations workers,” Santaco president Phillip Taaibosch said at a briefing on Tuesday. The independent relief fund will be managed by SkX and members of taxi associations will have to apply for the funding via a portal. “The claims will differ from one province to another but the driver will receive plus-minus R250 a day for the period of the lockdown. The compensation might not be 100% but it is just to ensure you are able to survive,” Taaibosch indicated, adding that they would ensure that owners and office staff would get fair compensation, regardless of the complexity of them belonging to different associations. Anyone can donate to the relief fund, according to Santaco, which estimates that the industry will need about R3.5 billion to provide relief to about 250,000 taxis that operate on the roads. Santaco will announce when the application process opens.