Ekurhuleni Fights COVID-19 At Taxi Ranks
The City of Ekurhuleni has partnered with the taxi industry, Outsurance and the Church of Scientology to disinfect 25 taxi ranks across the City. The partnership was launched on Friday, 8 May at the Germiston Taxi Rank were taxis were disinfected. The event was attended by the City’s MMC for Transport Planning Cllr Phelisa Nkunjana and Gauteng MEC for Transport Jacob Mamabolo
MMC Phelisa Nkunjana called on all stakeholders of the industry to adhere to the lockdown Level 4 regulations.
An estimated 1.5 million employees returned to work on 4 May due to relaxation of restrictions from Level 5 to Level 4, and majority of commuters use taxis to get to work. This makes the taxis industry an area where possible spread of the virus may happen if adequate measures are not taken.
Spelling out what the campaign seeks to achieve, MMC Nkunjana said, “Clean and disinfect all the vehicles before passengers get in it. Sanitise the hands of all the passengers before they board. All passengers must wear masks before they are allowed into the taxis. Maintain social distance while in the taxi. We all have to stick to 70 per cent load in taxis or buses.”
Gauteng MEC for Transport Jacob Mamabolo and the City of Ekurhuleni MMC for Transport Planning, Cllr Phelisa Kunjana at the launch of sanitisation of a taxi ranks in the City.