Dorothea Mantzel and Bernd Schulz. Francolin Illustrated School Dictionary for Southern Africa.

Michael Benjamin


It was a phone-in programme on a local radio station, dealing with the overcharging
of tourists who use taxis. The deejay was completely upset, interrupting
the CD she was playing. How could a trip which cost her R15 cost a tourist
R300? Eventually a taxi operator called in to cut through all the nonsense. It was
about misunderstanding the difference between a taxi and a minibus taxi. Using
the former means that you pay per kilometre, irrespective of the number of people
who get into the taxi, to a destination you decide. Using the latter implies
that you pay a fixed cost per person and the drop-off points are predetermined
for you along a specific route. And there is little difference in cost for the trip if
the minibus taxi were carrying 20 people.

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