CAN a transport authority transform the notorious minibus taxi industry in Gauteng?That is the hope and plan of the Gauteng provincial government as it begins a consultative process to form an authority that will help to integrate the entire transport system in the province.On Wednesday, stakeholders from the transport industry gathered to discuss the formation of an authority that will eliminate fragmentation and conflicting interests among municipalities and provincial and national government.One major agreement among delegates was that the minibus taxi industry should play a significant role in the new entity in order to transform the public transport system in the province.Gauteng premier David Makhura said the new authority would help to redefine the role of the taxi industry and enable this sector to provide a more business-orientated service."Bringing the taxi industry into the mainstream of the public transport system is going to require them to rethink their business model....

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