30 Apr 2018, Cape Town: Motorists will have to dig very deep into their pockets from Wednesday, May 2, when record high petrol price will kick in. It's not only motorists and businesses who will be affected but taxi commuters too.
That's according to stakeholders in the taxi industry who were reacting to the announcement of the latest petrol price increase of diesel.
Bellville taxi rank manager, Mogamat Gordon, says that the industry cannot keep up with the frequent fuel price hikes.
“The petrol has gone up so tremendously that we can’t keep up. We are losing out on passengers, we are losing out on our wear and tear. It makes a huge impact on the industry as a whole.”
Taxi organisation, Codeta, says that not being subsidised by government weighs heavy on the pockets of operators.
Spokesperson Besuthu Ndungane says that they may consider increasing fares due to the latest fuel price increase.
"The longer the government keeps up unsubsidised the more we are going to be economically excluded nab that is our biggest concern."
Taxi fare from Bellville to Cape Town is currently R14.50 and between R15 and R16 from Khayelitsha to the CBD.