Taxi strike called off

The Department of Transport says the taxi strike in Midrand that had left Johanessburg commuter stranded has been called off.

This following an agreement between the South African National Taxi Association (Santaco) and SA Taxi Finance Holdings on Thursday.

Spokesperson Ishmael Mnisi said they had reached the agreement on Thursday afternoon.

“Santaco will brief its members on the agreement today [Thursday] and we welcome the development,” Mnisi said.

Mnisi said the department condemned the violent way in which the drivers had blocked the roads earlier.

He said drivers have been urged to clear the roads immediately.



Did you miss your exam because of the strike?

Most universities in Gauteng will allow students an opportunity to write exams if they missed it because of Thursday’s taxi strike.

Wits university spokesperson Shirona Patel said that despite the strike, many of their students made it to write their exams.

“The majority of students have made it to campus today to write their examinations. All examinations going ahead as usual.”

She however added that those who did not, could still write.

“Any student who has been unable to write for good reason, must apply to write a deferred examination within three days. Students can apply online via the student self-service portal or via a faculty office as per Wits’s normal processes.”

University of Johannesburg spokesperson Herman Esterhuizen said the university had completed its exams with very few students still on campus.

“We have already finished our exams. There are very few students on campus today. The strike did not affect us.”

Meanwhile Unisa posted on their social media that students who missed their exams in Gauteng could apply for a special exam.

University of Pretoria posted that students would be able to write Thursday exam papers during the supplementary period.

Sources: News24 Wire