Motshwane willing to give new system a go

Eric Motshwane leads the Greater Johannesburg Taxi Council and believes the system can work if everyone is brought on board and made to understand how it will benefit them.

Eric Motshwane leads the Greater Johannesburg Taxi Council and believes the system can work if everyone is brought on board and made to understand how it will benefit them.

He serves on the BRT taxi steering committee as a representative of taxi associations in Johannesburg.

Motshwane said: "We have not reached any agreement with the City of Johannesburg. But we are optimistic about this.

"We are in negotiations with them to establish how BRT will benefit us. We have been promised good rewards for taxi people from the system and we are prepared to give it a go.

"We have been attending workshops at which the city representatives have been explaining the system and how it benefits us.

"So far I think it makes business sense. It involves taxi people forming themselves into business groups and owning a stake in the system. It should be welcomed if it's going to reward us.

"The important one was that held in Vanderbiljpark at the weekend, which dealt with financial modules.

"We are mandated by nine associations whose routes would be affected. We want to know how they'd be compensated or how can they join the BRT company if it suits them."

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