There was a total shut down of taxi ranks in Vaal as the Taxi strike takes its toll in Sedibeng.
Vaal Observer visited major taxi ranks in Vaal and they all resembled deserted places.
Most of the shops remained closed in Vanderbijlpark and Vereeniging as workers failed to turn up for work due to transport blues.
Workers working in Vanderbijlpark but staying in Sasolburg remained at home as no taxi was spotted on the R59 road.
The crippling strike followed after Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula offered the taxi industry paltry R5000 per each taxi as mitigation for the Covid 19 inconveniences. The R1.135 million which Mbalula offered to the industry was dismissed by the Top six taxi association as inadequate.
Instead they are demanding R20000. Mbalula maintained that the government cannot afford the demands of the taxi industry.
He ruled out any possibility of a hike from what the government was offering.
Taxi owners are complaining that the 70% carrying capacity of taxis which the government was enforcing was not sustainable.
The government has however not yet accommodated the demands of the taxi industry maintaining that they have to balance between the COVID 19 pandemic and business interests across all sectors.