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Milestone MOU signing brings all taxi associations aboard IPTS

May 3, 2018
Milestone MOU signing brings all taxi associations aboard IPTS

A milestone signing ceremony of the last four taxi associations puts Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality on route with the implementation of its Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) as all ten associations are now on board.

Uncedo Taxi Association Port Elizabeth District, Uncedo Taxi Association Uitenhage District, Uitenhage District Association and Uitenhage Taxi Association all signed Memoranda of Understanding with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality at the Port Elizabeth City Hall on Thursday.

In March the Port Elizabeth District Taxi Association and the Western Suburbs Taxi Association signed the same agreement with the Municipality.

Member of the Mayoral Committee for Roads and Transport, Cllr Marlon Daniels, said ongoing discussions are taking place to bring Algoa Bus Company (ABC) on board and to thrash out operational issues and the final composition of the operating company.

Daniels thanked his predecessor Rano Kayser for his role in attaining this milestone.

“This is a milestone and I only had to walk the last few yards to reach this point. It is therefore important to acknowledge the hard work of the former MMC and the officials. I am ecstatic to have reached this point as we all worked very hard to attain a unified voice amongst the crucial role-players.

“We made a conscious decision to halt the buses during the national bus strike for safety reasons and trust that the ongoing wage negotiations will reach a resolution soon,” Daniels said.

Algoa Taxi Association, Northern Areas Taxi Association, Norwich Taxi Association and East Cape Taxi Association signed Memoranda of Understanding with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in 2016 which means that all ten (10) taxi associations operating in Nelson Mandela Bay are part of operations.

Andile Andries, Deputy Chairperson of Santaco Nelson Mandela Region and Chairperson of Uncedo Taxi Association Uitenhage District, said they want the IPTS in Nelson Mandela Bay and to be part of the bigger picture.

“We are confident that this system will improve the lives of residents of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. We will travel this journey with you but also would like to make it clear. There will be nothing for us, without us,” he added.