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Fikile Mbalula announces extended taxi operation times for the underprivileged amidst 21-day lockdown

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South African Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, has announced new rules and regulations to support the underprivileged in acquiring essential goods, now that they have received their grant money.  

In a tweet on Sunday, 29 March 2020, Mbalula stated, “Monday, 30 March until Friday, 3 April 2020, buses and taxis will be permitted to operate from 05:00 until 20:00, in order to cater to the transportation needs of society’s most vulnerable. Social distancing must be observed and enforced.” The extended operating hours for public transportation comes as South African citizens have now received their grant money.

Mbalula went on to offer his support to those who plan to venture out to purchase their essential goods for the 21-day lockdown, claiming that it is now their time to make use of the transportation offered. Mbalula explained that the regulations have been put in place as these citizens did not have the ability to panic buy like a number of other privileged citizens.

The minister ensured South Africans that the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) would still be enforcing all the regulations put in place by President Cyril Ramaphosa. He also thanked mall security for their assistance in helping citizens comply with the 21-day lockdown laws.

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