Nelson Mandela Bay Metro protest affected the economy

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The strike ended after it was agreed that a list of taxi drivers qualifying for the COVID- 19 relief fund will be submitted to the Department of Labour.

The four-day taxi strike that occurred in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro this past week left a detrimental effect on the economy and on the lives of the citizens.

There were violent scenes across the metro, as taxi drivers protested, blocking access to roads. This affecting services and citizens of the metro.

Many people lost out on work affecting their income, and the strike also affected the health sector, as many could not access medical care.

There were reports of manufacturing companies that suspended work, fearing for the safety of their workers.

The port of Port Elizabeth also indicated that the strike affected operations. Contingency plans were made.

Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber CEO, Denise Van Huyssteen, says the protest action affected the economy.

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