The transport minister Fikile Mbalula is relaxing operating hours for taxis and buses to accommodate social grant beneficiaries, for at least a few days.
Mbalula said in a statement on Sunday that he took the decision after several representations.
All the Buses and taxis will be allowed to operate from 5 am until 8 pm between Monday, March 30 and Friday, April 3.
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This follows the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the days’ social grants would be paid, a number of industry bodies have made representations on the relaxation of hours public transport vehicles are allowed to operate.
“A similar request was made by the minister of social development, Minister Lindiwe Zulu,” said Mbalula.
Mbalula said that having considered Minister Zulu’s request and representations made by various industry bodies, including the taxi industry, He had decided to amend the Public Transport Directions to accommodate grant beneficiaries.
Minister said social distancing still needed to be maintained on public transport.
“The exercise of social distance by all those using public transport must be observed and enforced. We will issue further directions in this regard,” he said.
He said that grant recipients will be required to carry their identity documents and their Sassa cards when travelling on public transport, to make things simple for officials who are dealing with law enforcement.
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“Grants recipients will be required to carry their identity documents and Sassa cards to make things simple for officials,” said Mbalula.
This decision was taken to make things simple for the beneficiary of Sassa, to have effective transportation to payroll post.