On June 4 2018, the Minister of Transport, Mr. Prince Maliehe granted the transport operators an increase in taxi fares before backtracking on the decision the following day. Mr. Maliehe wrote to the Transport Board ordering it to defer the new fares, saying they needed to consult the public before the new charges could be implemented.
In his short letter, Maliehe said: “As the minister in charge of transport matters in the country, having heard the public outcry on the increment of public transport fares, I make the order that implementation of the new fares be deferred until we have made further consultations with the public.”
The government and the taxi operators had agreed that the new fare for a ‘4+1’ taxi would increase to M10 up from M6.50. It was also agreed that the fare for a minibus should be increased to M9 from M6.50 while a bus would now charge M6.50. Those fares were expected to come into effect on July 1 this year.
While announcing the new fares yesterday, Mr. Maliehe said that after hearing the public’s outcry in June, the ministry had to go back to the drawing board together with the taxi operators. “We had a two-week meeting over a disagreement of 50c and as the Minister of Transport with the powers bestowed upon me, I had to take action hence the announcement today,” Maliehe stated.