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No taxi fare hike yet in NC

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Santaco is yet to meet following the fuel increase statement to discuss the taxi fare hike

INDECISIVE: Santaco in the Northern Cape has not yet made a decision on whether taxi fares in the Province will increase following the fuel price hike at the beginning of September. Picture: Soraya Crowie

THE SOUTH African National Taxi Council (Santaco) in the Northern Cape has not yet made a decision on whether taxi fares in the Province will increase following the fuel price hike at the beginning of September.

This comes in the wake of a statement by the national office of Santaco over the weekend in which the organisation said that the increase in fuel prices necessitated a reconsideration of taxi fares.

Northern Cape chairperson of Santaco, Mazwi Nkonki, said yesterday that the taxi organisation in the Province had not yet made a decision on whether to increase fares.

“We have not yet met or discussed the matter with the various taxi associations in the Province,” said Nkonki.

Last month the petrol price increased by 67 cents, diesel by 44 cents and paraffin by 86 cents.

The Automobile Association (AA) pointed out that this was not expected to be the end of the increases and drivers may have to fork out even more for fuel from next month.

“The current data predicts a month-end price hike of up to 35 cents a litre for petrol, 33 cents for diesel, and 29 cents for illuminating paraffin,” the association said.

It said that the increase was brought on by the weak rand.

“For the first time in a while, the rand has shown reasonable strength against the US dollar during one of our reporting periods. However, this is not enough to counter rampant increases in the international prices of fuels, which have risen by up to six percent in the past two weeks. Without the benefit of rand strength, the increase per litre would have been up to 50 cents in some cases,” the association stated.

“We are now seeing what we believe is the beginning of some rand weakness and the current picture may deteriorate by month-end.”