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SA Taxi today announced that it will implement interim debt repayment assistance measures to help certain of its minibus taxi operators to navigate their financial commitments during the 21-day lockdown period.

SA Taxi, a vertically integrated business platform that creates a sustainable environment for the minibus taxi industry will assist clients in good financial standing by providing payment relief to minimise the negative economic impact of the Covid-19 national lockdown on their business.

The payment relief for minibus taxi owners will commence on 1 April 2020 and be available for the full month.

In addition, clients insured through SA Taxi Protect will also have relief from their monthly insurance premium payment in April but will retain their cover during this period.

“SA Taxi fully supports President Ramaphosa’s decision to implement a 21-day national lockdown to contain the spread and impact of Covid-19 in our country. However, as a long-standing partner to the taxi industry, we are acutely aware of the impact this will have on this vital sector and the stress it will place on taxi owners,” states Maroba Maduma, Communications Executive at SA Taxi.

To qualify, customer accounts must be in good standing, or vehicles must have a fully functioning telematics device and must not operate during the lockdown period, unless approved to provide transport in support of essential services.  

“It is our responsibility to find solutions to assist minibus taxi owners during this challenging economic period, and we continue to work closely with industry to find ways to partner in the best interests of all minibus taxi stakeholders, including owners, associations and commuters,” continues Maduma.

A dedicated team of SA Taxi customer care agents will continue to contact clients during the lockdown period to monitor their wellbeing and keep them informed of the latest developments.

“While it is impossible to say with any certainty what will happen in the next few weeks, we are hopeful that the situation will improve by May, to enable the minibus taxi industry to support our economy in a safe and healthy environment to recover from this 21-day lockdown,” he concludes.

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