The department of transport and public works in the Western Cape has joined forces with the South African National taxi council (Santaco) to implement safety measures against the COVID-19 coronavirus.
As from today (Monday 23 March) Transport MINMEC, Bonginkosi Madikizela and Santaco started implementing safety measures and raising awareness at local taxi ranks.
The taxi industry agreed to the following measures:
Taxi ranks to be cleaned and sanitized twice a day (early morning and evenings)
Queue marshals and rank officials to wear masks
Commuters hands will be sanitized prior entering the taxi or while standing in the queue at big ranks and interchanges
Printed brochures will be issued to commuters
Overloading will be discouraged
Stigmatization will be discouraged
“It will take a collective effort for us to contain the virus. We have a certain responsibility as government and our partners in the transport industry also have a responsibility,” said Madikizela.
He called on the passengers to heed the call and do their part.
Last week, Minister Madikizela met with the management of Golden Arrow Bus Services were they presented plans to contain the spread of the virus in their buses.
[ON AIR] With the COVID-19 cases on the rise, Western Cape transport and public works is joining forces with the taxi industry. The department together with Santaco are launching the implementation of safety measures at taxi ranks. . #Today with Dan Moyane pic.twitter.com/BzP17ASGxz
— eNCA (@eNCA) March 23, 2020