Tuesday, 23 August 2011

The South African fifth-dom

About two weeks ago the news broke that the controversial Gauteng tolling rates have been approved by parliament or whoever. The rates where introduced stating around 40 cents a kilometre for a car and so on, then the moment we all have been waiting for came introducing that taxis and buses will be exempted from this tariffs. A light bulb came on and i thought maybe it is time i look at buying a taxi myself and start a taxi empire, why not. Taxis are a law to themselves, we have the government and the taxi industry. The taxi industry is  so feared by our government it is scary, just to mention a few things that the taxi industry has been involved with, whenever they do not agree amongst themselves about routes they shoot and kill passengers and no one says anything, they always get away with murder named "taxi violence". The taxi recapitalisation programme was introduced to ensure that road worthy cars are used to transport passengers, they fought against it until the governments shelved it. Then Reya-vaya was introduced, they again went against it and threatened violence, closed roads, etc. and then the government handed them a share of the Reya-vaya. May i also mention that this is a multi billion rand industry and still contributes nothing towards tax, which is used to build the same roads they drive as if they own, skipping red robots, driving on emergency lanes, pushing in front of everyone and abusing women on the road and inside their taxis. The indication of the profitability of this industry is an airline they are about to launch, now tell me taxis qualify to be exempted from the tolling system.

Small business in South Africa is killed by all the laws we have, tax we pay and also the cost of doing business in this country, taxi industry is exempted from all this, what is the difference between them and the guys selling pirated goods? How many of our politicians own taxi businesses? Maybe i speak too much and should mind my own business, but guess what, The Champ has something to say!

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