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August 2, 2017

Uber hires armed response group to protect drivers in high-risk areas

Uber South Africa has signed a deal with armed response company, Hi-Risk, following continued violent clashes with metered taxi drivers.

According to a report by cnet, the security company confirmed via email that it was working with Uber to protect drivers and passengers around South Africa, but because of a non-disclosure agreement it signed with the company, it couldn’t provide further information.

Speaking to Uber drivers at Johannesburg station, cnet reported that the guards are apparently armed, although no weapons are readily visible. The report said that Uber has also provided drivers with an emergency hotline to call if they feel unsafe, and the company is [...]

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July 31, 2017

Petrol Price for August 2017: Here’s what you can expect to pay

Motorists will pay an additional 19 cents a litre for all grades of petrol from next week, the Energy Department announced on Friday.

The department cited a weaker rand and higher oil prices for the increase.

“The rand depreciated slightly, on average, against the US dollar during the period under review. This led to higher contribution to the basic fuel price on petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin by 11.15c/l, 10.93c/l and 10.88c/l, respectively,” it said in a statement.

“The prices of petroleum products increased, on average, in the international markets in line with the higher crude oil prices. The crude oil prices rose, partly on drawdowns of global [...]

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July 10, 2017

Revamp will position Park Station as major regional transport hub

Transport in southern Africa is set to be revolutionised with a R400-million revamp to Johannesburg’s iconic Park Station. The revamp‚ set for completion in October 2018‚ is currently underway.

The Kazerne transport facility will integrate local and regional transport and will be used as a rank for and to host long-distance and cross-border taxis and buses travelling from Johannesburg to other SADC countries. The facilities will also see the construction of new Rea Vaya routes to areas currently not serviced by Johannesburg’s rapid bus transport system.

Johannesburg Transport MMC‚ Nonhlanhla Makhuba‚ said construction of the Kazerne transport hub‚ which began in 2014‚ [...]

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June 29, 2017

Petrol price set to drop in July

According to the Automobile Association (AA), fuel prices are set for across-the-board drops at the end of the month. The energy department is expected to publish the expected changes by the end of the week.

“The drop in paraffin prices will be particularly beneficial to citizens who rely on this fuel for lighting, cooking, and especially heating, in the winter months,” the association said.

“As ever, even medium-term predictions of the fuel price remain difficult in the current environment of political instability and weak economic conditions. We advise all fuel users to create space in their budgets for price increases if the picture should deteriorate further,” the [...]

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