The North West Provincial government is on a move to try and formalize the taxi industry. The taxi industry district lekgotla is underway in Vryburg and issues discussed includes professionalization of the taxi industry, empowermen and uniting the industry.

MEC for the Department of Community Safety and Transport Management, Sello Lehari led members of the Community, the district taxi Lekgotla at the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati Banquet Hall.

Among attendees were Member of the Provincial Legislature, Freddy Sonakile, Naledi Municipality Mayor, Neo Schalk, Acting Head of Department, Molefi Morule, taxi industry role players and academics from the University of the North West.

MEC Lehari said the challenges facing this taxi industry cannot be ignored forever.

“As we embark on this important consultative process, it will equally do justice to all the four thematic areas so that as we consolidate the provincial position, we could come out with clear position to influence the national discourse with regard to the direction that the future taxi industry could be shaped,” said Lehari.

Giving support, member of Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Community Safety and Transport
Management, Freddy Sonakile said it is Governments responsibility to ensure stability in the industry.

“Slowly but surely the taxi industry is beginning to find itself. Twenty six into democracy I’m happy that the taxi industry is beginning to make a contribution toward economic growth. We should have an inclusive and holistic approach to professionalisation of the taxi industry,” said Mr Sonakile.

The Lekgotla was later divided into four commissions which came up with ideas which will form part of the Provincial contribution to national Lekgotla.