Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula announced yesterday that taxis could be filled to a 100% capacity provided everyone in the taxi is wearing a mouth mask, a decision which he has rescinded this morning.
The decision follows concerns raised about the 100% loading capacity and the utilization of masks as a mitigation measure. Mbalula reverted to the ‘no full taxis’ rule with immediate effect.
“The public was without comfort with these measures and urged that we reconsider. After our announcement of catering for 100% [loading capacity], there was a public outcry about the impact of such an arrangement to the health safety of public transport users.
“We took these issues seriously and engaged with key stakeholders, resulting in a consensus of maximising the loading capacity to 70%,” the Ministry of Transport said in a statement on Thursday.
Mbalula started his day in Bree taxi rank in Johannesburg, ensuring that taxis follow the overnight instructions.