Randburg taxi rank becomes first taxi rank to receive sanitising booth

Randburg taxi rank becomes first taxi rank to receive sanitising booth
Residents of an informal settlement in Lawley who had their houses demolitioned and evicted during the lockdown line up for screening in Lenasia to moved to temporary shelter. Photo Thulani Mbele. 06/05/2020

Randburg taxi rank turned into the principal rank to have sterilizing corner at it’s passages.

This was seen on Thursday early daytime during the dispatch program by the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) to escalate the purification program to check spread of Covid-19.

Sizwe Skosana from Sigma Medical said this was the first run through for a taxi rank to have a walk sanitizing unit.

“This machine is 100% water-based, and it executes on contact. We are in association with SANTACO and these machines will be seen at all the taxi positions.

Likewise going to the dispatch was the MEC for open vehicle and streets foundation Jacob Mamabolo.

Mamabolo said they need to guarantee the wearing of veils inside cabs.

“In this province, we will be very strict when it comes to the wearing of masks. If people don’t have masks they should not be allowed to commute. As the department in the province, we are going to go on taxi ranks to make sure these innovations are introduced. Taxi ranks should also be kept clean. No taxi should be a carrier of coronavirus; every taxi must be cleaned before and after every trip,” he said.

The taxi rank and the taxis were disinfected and there were also sanitising machines that were made available for commuters.

Buti Mkonza, chairperson of SANTACO said the programme will be launched at different ranks across the province.

“We will be visiting all the ranks across the province so as to make sure commuters and taxi drivers adhere to the new regulations. We are excited about the donations from private companies and the provincial government for assisting with sanitisers. We all know there is a lot of movement at taxi ranks and I believe with innovations such as this we will be able to fight the spread of Covid-19,” he said.

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