Gauteng taxis to be equipped with Covid-19-complaint features
Supplier Development Initiatives (SDI) Force, co-founded by Andile Ramaphosa has started a R6 million initiative to equip Gauteng taxis with covid-19-complaint features.
Ramaphosa in partnership with Brad Fisher, First National Bank (FNB) and Bridge Taxi Finance is hoping to provide 6000 taxis in Gauteng with features that will assist in curbing the spread of the virus, since local taxi loads have returned to 100% post last week.
The non-profit organisation will provide taxis with capability to have ventilation systems, sanitising and safe-distancing; at no cost to taxi owners. These features will include, ventilator spacers (which are fitted into windows), an airtight plastic barrier seal between driver and passengers and sanitiser stations next to the sliding doors. The features cost a total of R1000 per taxi.
Initially SDI would spray taxi commuters with disinfectants, but as time proceeded, they felt that this alone was not enough. Fisher said that the seal between the driver and passenger has to be the most important feature.
“The driver is very, very important because (he) is seeing about 2,000 people a month. You’ve got to get the driver separated… because if the driver gets sick, they make everyone else sick.” said Fisher.
More than 200 taxis have already been equipped with the covid-19-compliant qualities.