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Eastern Cape taxi operators threaten economic collapse over students’ non-payment of transport bills

Taxi drivers block the Douglas Smith Highway in east London with their vehicles in protest at non-payment of school transport scheme bills.  (Sithandiwe Velaphi/Noticias24)

Taxi drivers block the Douglas Smith Highway in east London with their vehicles in protest at non-payment of school transport scheme bills. (Sithandiwe Velaphi/Noticias24)

Eastern Cape taxi operators have instructed the provincial government to increase the number of officials responsible for processing school transport program invoices, warning of the risk of further economic collapse.

This was revealed at a high-level meeting in Stirling, east London, on Thursday night, to resolve a lockdown that saw some schools and businesses in the province closed on Thursday morning as taxi operators protested. for non-payment of their school transportation program.

The operators said their bills, which they said amounted to R120 million, have not been paid since January.

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