UIF and taxi industry strike deal

South Africa’s Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has scored a major breakthrough with the taxi business fraternity in what could culminate in the registration of more than 40 000 taxi operators in Gauteng alone, according to a release from the Labour Department on Monday.

This follows an agreement that the fund reached with the Gauteng Taxi Council — one of the South African National Taxi Council’s biggest affiliates — to register their businesses and taxi drivers with the UIF.

The deal will be formally struck in style with the launch of a mass registration of taxi owners at a symbolic function to be held at Turffontein race course on Thursday.

UIF spokesperson Kgomotso Sebetso said the low registration of taxi operators with the UIF had been a matter of concern. A sectoral determination had made it possible to extend UIF coverage to taxi drivers, administrative staff, queue marshals, fare collectors and cleaners as from July 1 2005.

“We must admit that the response of the sector to the registration of workers in the taxi sector has ever since been extremely disappointing. To date only just under 5 000 of a possible estimated 135 000 taxi drivers in the country have been registered with the UIF,” Sebetso said. — I-Net Bridge

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