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Enough is enough - South Africans now feeling the pressure

The ever rising cost of living has now forced South Africans to finally speak up. Fuel, cooking oil, food, electricity have all gone up. 

The taxi fare increases have added weight to the wallet. 

The taxi industry’s fare increase on Friday has been blamed on high fuel costs, and motorists face yet another price hike at petrol pumps on Wednesday.

The Buffalo City Municipality also announced in June that its tariffs were going up, though at a lower rate than anticipated.

The annual electricity tariff increase for BCM was reduced from 9.61% in 2021 to 7.47% in the 2022-23 financial year, and the water tariff from 9.64% to 6.78% in the new financial year, which started on Friday.

Noluntu Ntsangani, 41, from Mdantsane, commutes via taxi on a daily basis from NU 7 to the Highway taxi rank in the township.

Her return trip costs R36. She previously paid R30 for the return trip on the same route.

Ntsangani sells vegetables at Highway. She also commutes from Highway to Wilsonia, from Monday to Saturday, to buy her vegetable stock, and pays R40 for a return trip. She previously paid R32 for the return trip on the same route.

This means Ntsangani pays about R2,156 a month on taxi fares, up from R1,730 before Friday’s increase.

Ntsangani has appealed to the Mdantsane community to support her business as she is battling to keep up with the increased costs.

“Everything seems to have gone up. We are the hardest hit here in the township.

“The only survival method I have is to sell vegetables.

“It is not easy to sustain the business because of the worsening economic conditions in the country,” said Ntsangani.

Lwazi Thwala, a taxi driver who operates between Highway and NU 12, said it was a struggle to maintain their vehicles due to the high cost of fuel and “inadequate” taxi fares.

“The fuel has increased many times this year. Commuters need to also think about us. We are really suffering.

“Remember we are also running businesses and not charities.

“All the money we make goes to fuel and maintenance,” said Thwala.

Libhongo Tsakwe, from Chicken Farm, said she paid R36 for a return trip from her home to Mdantsane, where she attended church and visited relatives.

“It is hard to keep up with increases. It is like we are being cut from the economic activities,” said Tsakwe.

Mzwandile Vena commutes from Highway to the East London city centre three times a week and now pays R50 for a return trip, up from R40.


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