Helping city thrive amid virus
Ga-Rankuwa Taxi Association members sanitise commuters, taxis to curb infections
EVERY little bit that can be done by everyone to stop the spread of the coronavirus within Tshwane’s townships will go a long way in helping the city make it through the national lockdown.
And in line with this, the slogan
(It’s free. prevent illness) rang through the Ga-Rankuwa taxi rank from 3am yesterday.
Armed with spray bottles filled with sanitisers, members of the Ga-Rankuwa Taxi Association encouraged commuters to get their hands sanitised.
Others manning large green pressure sprayers made sure to spray the inside of the minibus taxis before commuters climbed in.
Jacob Powe said that with everyone being concerned about the virus spreading, they were doing their bit as an organisation to help keep their taxis safe for commuters.
He said that as they operated within the communities, it was also their duty to heed the call by not only looking after themselves and their drivers, but everyone else.
“We’re spraying the taxis before they load the commuters.
“And we’re trying to at least spray their hands so that when they pass their fare money among each other and to their driver they are all safe.
“Even though there are a few people that were initially hesitant to let us spray them, with a bit of patience they understood what we are trying to do.”
Mohau Matsunyane said he was happy the association was doing its part but also called on the government to also assist them to keep going.
Matsunyane urged residents to also not be selfish or risk infecting others by staying away if they felt unwell.
“Considering how we travel in close contact in these taxis, can people honestly stay indoors if they are not sure or call the government facilities available to test them and not just carry on with life as normal.”
Resident Karabo Kgoma said that even though he commended the association and drivers for taking up the initiative to keep them safe, he was worried it may already be too late.
“We appreciate what they are doing, but in my opinion, I think it may already be too late for many. But we do appreciate that they are not just sitting back and doing nothing about it… it may help those not yet infected.”
“A few were hesitant, but with a bit of patience they understood… Jacob Powe
GA-RANKUWA TAXI ASSOCIATION
Members of the Ga-Rankuwa Taxi Association sanitising taxis and commuters at the rank yesterday. |