2014 SA Bike of Year: YOU get a vote!

Vote and win! The 2014 Amid motorcycle show will announce the second annual 2014 SA Bike of the Year awards.

Wild on Wheels

From wild wheels to crazy crashes, check out the best in motoring news and quirky stories in our Wild on Wheels section!

Chinese firm drops SA taxi plans

2012-11-21 09:24

ASSEMBLY HALTED: BAW SA's plans to assemble taxis for the local market have been halted following safety concerns from local taxi operators.

kalahari.com

 
JOHANNESBURG - A Chinese state-owned company is cancelling plans to manufacture Inyathi minibuses in South Africa after facing hostility from the taxi industry, Business Day reported on Wednesday, November 21, 2012.

Resistance from the industry on Monday forced Beijing Automotive Works SA to cancel plans to assemble minibuses locally, the company's head of sales and marketing, John Jessup, was quoted as saying.

DON'T BUY INYATHI


The taxi industry cited quality concerns and threatened to stop buying the Inyathi. SA National Taxi Council chief executive Nkuleleko Buthelezi said they told their members not to buy the vehicles.

Buthelezi told the paper: "We told our members not to buy that taxi until we have guaranteed the quality of the product."

On November 13, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel opened the first phase of the taxi-manufacturing company's plant in Springs in Ekurhuleni.

Patel said the factory would "re-industrialise South Africa", Business Day reported.

NEXT ON WHEELS24X

Read Wheels24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
45 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside Wheels24

Wild on Wheels

From wild wheels to crazy crashes, check out the best in motoring news and quirky stories in our Wild on Wheels section!

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.