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Gauteng Government to Regulate Uber Industry

After multiple violent events between traditional metered taxi and Uber drivers, an intervention is finally underway.

After multiple violent events between traditional metered taxi and Uber drivers in South Africa, especially in the Gauteng province, the provincial government is finally planning an intervention.

IOL reports that Hendrick Ndou, Gauteng Metered Taxi Council general secretary, called for the government to make sure all Uber operators are registered with the Department of Roads and Transport, just like it happens with metered taxis.

“We are not against competition; all we want are equal opportunities. Let people use the service they want to. But let us all be subjected to the same licensing requirements and regulations,” Ndou was quoted as saying by IOL. “If metered taxis are to be restricted to certain areas, then so too should Uber be, unless it is a drop-off or pre-arranged trip.”

Gauteng Premier David Makhura said this was underway. “The metered taxi service is regulated by section 66 of the National Land Transport Act 2009. The legislation is being amended to accommodate e-hailing services to legally allow for the registration of technology-based public transport operations,” he said.

Read the full story in the IOL website.

 

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Here's What You Need To Know About The Political Unrest In Sudan

Thousands have been protesting the Sudanese government over the weekend, supporting the military's plans for a coup.

Sudan's transitional government is in turmoil as thousands of citizens conducted a sit-in protest against them, over the weekend. A group of Sudanese citizens have called on the military to disestablish the nation's current government, as the country struggles with the greatest crisis they've seen since the end of former dictator Omar al-Bashir's controversial ruling, two years ago. The weekend's pro-military protests come as anti-military protestors took to the streets earlier this month to fight for civilian-ruled laws.

Military-aligned demonstrators assembled outside of the famously off-limits entrance of the Presidential Palace located in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum on Monday. Gatherers set up tents, blocking off access to two main intersections, cutting off access to the capital for those inside. Police attempted to wave off crowds with teargas, with Khartoum state officials saying they had, "repelled an attempted assault on the seat of government," in a statement issued Monday.

The assembly was called for by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that support Sudan's military, accusing the civilian political parties of mismanagement and monopolizing power under their ruling. Demonstrations began on Saturday, but Sunday's gathering saw a lower attendance. According to Reuters, by Monday afternoon, thousands, between 2,000 - 3,000, had returned to voice their concerns. 52-year-old tribal elder Tahar Fadl al-Mawla spoke at the helm of the sit-in outside of the Presidential palace saying, "The civilian government has failed. We want a government of soldiers to protect the transition." Alongside a 65-year-old Ahman Jumaa who claimed to have traveled more than 900 kilometers (570 miles) from Southern region Nyala to show his support.

Protesters are demanding the appointment of a new cabinet that is "more representative of the people who participated in the December 2019 revolution that eventually led to the ousting of former president Omar al-Bashir", Al Jazeera reported from Sudan. Protesters headed towards the Presidential Palace, where an emergency cabinet meeting was being held when they were met by police forces.

Pro-civilian political parties have plans for their own demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of the 1964 revolution that overthrew Sudan's first military regime under Ibrahim Abboud and brought in a period of democracy that the country still struggles to uphold.


Sudanese Twitter users shared their thoughts online, with many drawing similarities between the current unrest and other political crises the nation has faced.


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