An update on taxi violence and a call for qualifying businesses to apply for UIF TERS

We know that businesses have been heavily impacted by the taxi violence which continues to disrupt public transport in and around Cape Town.

And so, the Western Cape Government is using all resources at its disposal to resolve the ongoing dispute between the taxi associations, CATA and CODETA, and to ensure the safety of commuters in the Western Cape.  

Premier Alan Winde’s latest media statement (20 July 2021) called for additional SANDF boots on the ground as one of a number of measures being taken to significantly bolster policing to ensure the safety of commuters. He also outlined the steps being taken by our Department of Transport and Public Works to resolve the ongoing dispute between CATA and CODETA. 

More details on these measures were shared in a digital press conference held yesterday which you can watch here: https://fb.watch/v/39DMYs42p/  

Together with ongoing Alert Level 4 restrictions and the Covid-19 pandemic, we know that these are incredibly challenging times for businesses and employees.  

Which is why we have welcomed the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa of the re-opening of the UIF Covid-19 TERS scheme which we have been calling for and which will be a lifeline to many businesses and employees in South Africa.  

Unfortunately, the UIF Covid-19 TERS scheme will not go far enough to support businesses and their employees. And so last week we also wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa requesting that he consider and announce a number of additional business relief measures and the easing of restrictions to allow businesses to operate safely so we can save jobs in the Western Cape.  

And in the meantime, we encourage all businesses who qualify to apply for the UIF Covid-19 TERS funds for their employees.  

To assist businesses with their applications our Department of Economic Development and Tourism have put together a helpful online guide.

And, if businesses need further assistance with their UIF Covid-19 TERS application, they can e-mail redtape@westerncape.gov.za 

We continue to remain committed to supporting businesses, by listening to businesses and backing businesses so that together we can save jobs and rebuild our economy in the Western Cape.  

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