The South African BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) system was launched in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 31st of August. The BRT system which is called “Rea Vaya” is being put in as part of the transportation plans for the FIFA 2010 World Cup.

However, the system is facing opposition from the taxi industry (mini buses). Traditionally, taxis have largely met the demands for transport in South Africa. The industry developed during Apartheid, and exists outside of the formal economy.

The taxi industry feels that the BRT threatens their business, and protests against the new system started many months ago. In march of this year, several highways were closed down by drivers blocking the entire highway refusing to move. More pics.

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