Cool heads needed today

We hope that the taxi strike today will be peaceful and conducted with calm and dignity.

We hope that the taxi strike today will be peaceful and conducted with calm and dignity.

We also plead with those in the taxi industry and the government to sit down and resolve their differences.

Both parties must be sincere in the negotiations as such a long-standing standoff, particularly involving an industry that transports millions of workers, hurts the economy and the image of the country.

Many people will not be able to go to work today because of lack of transport. The taxi associations will flex their muscles and demonstrate how vital they are to the economy of the country.

We plead for cooler heads to prevail because of the ugly scenes we have witnessed in the past during taxi strikes.

Both sides claim to hold the moral high ground, although they have not explained to the public exactly what the sticking point is.

Though accusations have been flung between the protagonists, we believe the problems can be solved nonetheless.

This impasse can also be negotiated and settled to the satisfaction of the industry and the government.

The parties should remember that commuters will be affected in every way by the strike and the outcome of the resultant talks.

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