The Department of Transport encourages taxi operators to register and collect their relief fund after dismissing claims that the Taxi Relief Fund is a scam. The department’s commitment to work with the taxi industry to assist those affected the most by the COVID 19 pandemic has been unwavering and confident that all complying applicants will receive relief within the extended period of March 2023
NDT Head of Department Collen Msibi says government issued the first directive for the provision of relief for taxi operators on Tuesday 30 March 2021 because the taxi industry in the country bore the brunt of measures meant to restrict gatherings and general mobility in order to curb the spread of the COVID 19 pandemic.
He says since the launch of the fund in January, the National Empowerment Fund (NEF), the taxi operators have been receiving assistance for funding through the TRF call centre and also through physical contact with the NEF employees. The Department together with NEF have already visited six provinces to assist the taxi operators to claim their fund.
The Department therefore confirm that TRF is not a scam and calls upon taxi operators who have not yet applied to apply for the scheme and ignore all the misleading information. Taxi operators have until 31st March 2023 to apply for the relief fund.