President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on Sunday night was hardly unexpected. With Covid-19 cases ramping up by about 12,000 a day and the number of infections edging towards 300,000, it was a no-brainer that some kind of containment measures would be put in place.

But imagine our surprise when, while informing us of increased restrictions and the importance of social distancing, Ramaphosa told us deadpan that taxis will now operate at 100% capacity for trips under 200km...

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