WALK IS CHEAP
By: Siphephelo Sibiya
The recent Clermont taxi fare increase has left commuters thinking twice when it comes to how they will get to work. Most people think that the taxi association took it too far this time
According to the association, the change in taxi fares was caused by the increase in fuel prices.
They also added that all commuters were alerted about the increase. The association had papers with prices in every taxi to inform passengers about a possible increase in prices.
Commuters, who do not work far away from their homes, have found an alternative that is to walk instead of using the costly public transport.
Siphosihle Zamisa (22) from Clermont said, “The prices are ever getting higher. I don’t think it is wise for me to keep using taxis as it is affecting my monthly budget. The aim of getting a
job is to be able to buy the necessities I need, but if all my salary is spent on travelling fees then there is no need to work. I just realized that there are things I cannot afford any more.”
Zamisa added, “I have become one of those who walk, and I’m slowly getting used to it. I understand the struggle as I’m now a part of it. The journey is shorter when you have
Having people to talk with along the way makes it faster and you end up making new friends along the road.”
Another commuter, Ntokozo Mpungose said, “Walking has its own risks and disadvantages.
During winter time it gets dark very early. It is an opportunity for thieves who mug people.
Last month I was mugged twice at gunpoint. This forced me to return to public transport.”
She also added that she would rather pay more money than to risk her life.
“Life is a precious gift. It can’t be risked just because taxi fares are high. Whoonga boys are
everywhere,” concluded Mpungose.
Sibusiso Mbutho said he always walks for the exercise.
“You can feel the physical changes, my body feels stronger and healthier. I am very light and
active,” he said proudly.
One of the hardships of walking that the commuters highlighted were the unpredictable
“The weather has a huge impact on us, especially the windy and rainy conditions, because
you get to work soaking wet or with a flu. And that affects your work rate and might put you
on the wrong side of your employers. Sometimes the weather conditions make you think
twice about going to work,” Khanyi Nene said.