Help­ing city thrive amid virus

Ga-Rankuwa Taxi As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers sani­tise com­muters, taxis to curb in­fec­tions

Pretoria News - - METRO - GOITSEMANG TLHABYE [email protected] Ke ma­hala. Thi­bela bol­wetse

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

OUPA MOKOENA African News Agency (ANA)

Mem­bers of the Ga-Rankuwa Taxi As­so­ci­a­tion sani­tis­ing taxis and com­muters at the rank yes­ter­day. |

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