Commuters demand PPEs


Some of the commuters in the Jane Furse taxi rank do not have Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) were such as masks and gloves as some taxi ranks have not yet been sanitisers or supplied with PPEs yet.

One of the passengers sat at the Jane Furse taxi rank without any PPEs. Passenger said if it it wasn’t fending for her children, she would not be catching a taxi as it was a high risk for contracting the virus.

“We are not protected as commuters, we are left without PPEs and we cannot afford them on our own,” commuter said.

She said one of the taxi drivers shouted at commuters for complaining about the lack of compliances to the 70% load restriction set to enforce social distancing rules.

“We are scared to speak out because they shouted at us. If the government could supply our local ranks with masks and gloves, it would be better because we would be protected,” passenger emphasised.

One of the taxi drivers offered commuters sanitisers in Ga Marishane saying he protect his health and other bread winners.

Taxi driver said historically this industry is neglected by government.

“I don’t want to transport the pandemic. I give people the sanitisers so we can all be protected. Almost everyone in the taxi rank handles the money and passes it forward. If one person is infected they can easily spread the virus and that’s why giving people the sanitizer is important to me,”

He said people have to protect their health.

Spokesperson for Makhuduthamaga local municipality, Lempson Moropjane said the municipality does not provide PPEs to the commuters and taxi drivers. Moropjane has accepted that the taxi rank industry is highly interactive and can prove to be a high risk actor in the transmission of the virus. 

Thapelo Motseo

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