MEC Mamabolo and JHB Mayor Makhubo to test walk-in sanitization tunnels at Bara Taxi Rank

The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport will be piloting measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in minibus ranks.

As part of a month-long programme to test solutions mainly derived from interventions adopted by the Gautrain Management Agency, MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure, Jacob Mamabolo, together with the City of Johannesburg Mayor Geoff Makhubo test the implementation of walk-in sanitization tunnels and other social distancing innovations at the Bara Taxi Rank tomorrow, 11 May 2020. The leadership of the Gauteng Taxi Industry: the South African National Taxi Council Gauteng and the Gauteng National will be part of the programme.

As one of the biggest public transport modes in the country, learnings derived from the pilot will be rolled out in major taxi ranks across the province.

These measures are an addition to programmes that are already in place including the disinfection of minibuses after every trip, loading of 70% of the vehicle’s capacity and the sanitisation of commuters hands, which are a standard operating model.

The minibus taxi industry as the largest people mover in Gauteng faces a huge risk of spreading the virus due to its interactive nature.

“We are on high alert and we do not want the public transport system to be the weakest link in the battle again COVID-19. As more people return to work, we are stepping our efforts to ensure that taxis and buses do not contribute to the spread of the virus,” Mamabolo said.

The MEC, the Mayor and taxi industry leaders will also conduct a site inspection at the Dobsonville Putco depot as part of the programme.

This pilot project is part of province-wide programme to reorganise taxi ranks and make the Gauteng Provincial Government’s vision of Smart Molibility a reality.

“With the outbreak of COVID-19, it is clear that commuting will never be the same again,” said Mamabolo.

Media is invited to attend the programme which will be held as follows:

Date: Monday, 11 May 2020
Time: 7h00
Venue: Bara Taxi Rank, Soweto

For more information contact please contact the Department of Roads and Transport’s Melitah Madiba on 073 644 9935 or Theo Nkonki on 082 719 6404 E-mail: gpdrt@gauteng.gov.za

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