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Gauteng's Putco Panic, Ramaphosa's fitness for Lesotho mediation, Grexit latest

File image: Passengers have been left stranded as the Autopax buses fail to show up in Mamelodi (Facebook)

Taxi industry demands Gauteng Transport engagement on Putco routes

Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: Putco commuters in Mamelodi, Pretoria were left stranded this morning as Autopax took over three key route areas following Putco's cancellation of their contracts with government. The change has seen protest from the taxi industry, who are said to have prevented the new bus service in Mamelodi. Autopax will be servicing bus routes in the Vaal, Vosloorus and Mamelodi areas over the next three months at a cost of R18 million to the fiscus. Autopax CEO, Nathi Khena:

It was going to be our first day of operation in the three areas - the Vaal area, the Vosloorus area, as well as in Mamelodi. We've started operating in two areas, but in Mamelodi, the taxis are preventing us from operating. In our depot, in the morning, somebody attempted to burn a bus inside the depot. The taxis were outside the depot gate, preventing us from operating. There are quite a number of passengers outside our gates, demanding that we operate. So we are caught in a situation.

South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) General Secretary, Alpheus Mlalazi:

The MEC for Transport in Gauteng, Ismail Vardi, has been dishonest with the taxi industry; when the industry caught wind that Putco was going to hand over 12 routes in Gauteng, the industry approached him and said 'you have always said you cannot subsidise the taxi industry because you had irrevocable contracts with Putco, now Putco is handing over. Let's sit down and talk about this' and he never came back to the taxi industry. Look where we are today. There is no way the taxi industry is going to allow government to continue discriminating against other modes of transport: that's the reason why we are having this uprising. We don't want this to be violent, we just want the MEC of Transport to engage the taxi industry honestly. We are going to talk to our members to calm down, but we want the MEC to come to the table to talk to us.

Lesotho opposition leader hints Ramaphosa unfit to address security

File Image: of then-Prime Minister of Lesotho Thomas Thabane and South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. (Stefan Heunis/AFP)

Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: while opposition leaders have fled Lesotho fearing for their own lives after the fatal shooting of Lesotho’s suspended army chief General Maaparankoe Mahao, new criticism has been levelled at SADC peace mediator, Cyril Ramaphosa. The South African Deputy President is said to be politically fit for this role, while his capabilities with regards to addressing the security situation have come into question by the leader of Lesotho's opposition Basotho National Party, Thesele Maseribane:

We have fled from Lesotho - me, the former Prime Minister and the leader of the Reformed Congress Party, (along with) other members of the media and some members of the Lesotho Defence Force - because Lesotho has a problem of security. It started before we went to the election that has given the outcome of the new government - the second coalition government of Lesotho, which is led by Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili. (On Deputy President Ramaphosa's role there) he came to Lesotho before elections and even now, to try and sort out the issue of security: politics, he did a good job; security, really there's been a problem that he needs to address, in order to put Lesotho as a secured country.

Grexit latest: looking towards EU referendum after failing debt deadline

Image: Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras (AFP)

Heard on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies: with Greece's failure to repay the €1.6bn loan to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Helenic Republic's citizens are looking towards a crucial Sunday referendum that will determine their future within the Eurozone. Managing Director of Econometrix Treasury Management, George Glynos:

It's been a long time coming, so it didn't come as a surprise. We knew we were approaching this deadline, we knew that Greece had already run out of money a couple of weeks ago, we knew they needed the bailout money in order to make the payments. Where it leaves Greece right now is in a situation where the banks have been shattered, capital controls have been imposed, the central bank the ECB (European Central Bank) can no longer assist them because they cannot utilise the government bonds and treasury bills and things like that they ordinarily use as collateral to give the Greek banks money - that can no longer happen. So ultimately, we're sitting in pose mode right now to see what the ultimate outcome of the referendum (on voting 'yes' or 'no' to stay with the Eurozone by complying with the imposed austerity measures) will be on Sunday.


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