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Misinformation around Amaphela permits must stop <p>​The City of Cape Town’s Urban Mobility Directorate, has, since 2015, agreed to support the issuing of 400 operating licences for Kiki Murray Taxi Association (Amaphela) operating sedan minibus taxi services in Nyanga/Cross Roads, but only just more than half of these licenses have been successfully applied for. <br></p><div>The Urban Mobility Directorate notes the statements and messages circulating on social media platforms, accusing the City of not supporting the issuing of operating licenses for Amaphela operators.</div><div><br></div><div>This in the wake of yet another very violent and destructive response to enforcement operations in the area yesterday, Thursday 25 August 2022.</div><div><br></div><div>During an integrated operation, prompted by ongoing complaints about illegal operators, enforcement services impounded 19 amaphela sedan taxis, and two minibus taxis.</div><div><br></div><div>In response, violence erupted, resulting in the torching of four Golden Arrow buses and a truck belonging to the City’s Road Infrastructure Management Department.</div><div><br></div><div>‘The information about the withholding of operating licenses is misleading, and very concerning. Contrary to the messages circulating on social media, the City is still awaiting the 'new list' from Kiki Murray Taxi Association for the 170 remaining operating licences to be applied for,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, Councillor Rob Quintas.</div><div><br></div><div>To date, only 230 of the agreed upon 400 operating licences have successfully been applied for.</div><div><br></div><div>‘The spate of violence in Nyanga is uncalled for and misleading. The operators are blaming the City when they are the ones that have not fulfilled their part in becoming legal operators. We are doing all we can to ensure that we work together to resolve challenges, ensure that our residents and commuters are safe and that the taxi industry remains a viable mode of transport for the people. However, we need the taxi operators to also do their part. It cannot be that every time the law is enforced, they retaliate with fire,’ added Councillor Quintas.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div>End</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br><br></div><p><br></p>2022-08-25T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#9b387069-bb6f-4ec3-85ce-6dc852036d6c;L0|#09b387069-bb6f-4ec3-85ce-6dc852036d6c|Nyanga;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#74f7580c-0ac3-4935-95e9-2b5a3943154c;L0|#074f7580c-0ac3-4935-95e9-2b5a3943154c|violence;GP0|#eae2bb96-9b34-484b-a738-b70be572ab41;L0|#0eae2bb96-9b34-484b-a738-b70be572ab41|minibus taxi operators10

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