Unable to compete with ride-sharing companies Uber and Taxify‚ iconic Durban meter-taxi institution Mozzie Cabs has closed its doors. The company ran for nearly two decades and employed 150 people — from drivers to administrative staff — before the app-linked and online taxi services forced it to shut down. This was the evidence given by Mozzie Cabs director Peter Lehman at the Competition Commission’s hearing into the passenger-transport sector in Durban on Thursday. "It was a household name for people in Durban who wanted a meter-taxi. A lot of effort went into the quality of service … including systems to ensure our clients got a quality service and that we complied with all the legislation‚" he said.

"Mozzie Cabs has been a very compliant company. It was marginally profitable until about three years ago, but I am very sad to say that in the last two weeks we could not continue operations." Lehman said that prices charged by the online companies were impossible to compete w...

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