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Millions of South Africans can breathe a sigh of relief for now‚ with the planned nationwide taxi strike called off. Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi made the announcement on Sunday after meeting with the South African National Council (Santaco) leadership. The strike was scheduled for Thursday. The meeting was to address the issues the industry is currently facing. "We agreed with the industry to put on hold the planned strike‚ to allow for further engagement. "Both government and Santaco agreed to work together to confront the challenges the taxi industry experiences on a daily basis." Last month‚ taxi owners and drivers embarked on a go-slow in protest over access to finance‚ a lack of subsidies for the taxi industry and operating permits. They blocked all of Gauteng’s major highways in a bid to get their message across‚ causing flights from OR Tambo International Airport to be delayed. The industry threatened to bring the country to a standstill this week if its concerns were ...

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