Positive moves by taxi industry

2017-03-29 06:02
With their awards (front, from left) Nokukhanya Shezi (office administrator), Nondumiso Gumede (receptionist), Thandeka Myaka (intern), and (back, from left) Willie Zondi (treasurer), Jeffrey Ngobese (regional chairperson and Mshiyeni Ndawonde (executive member).

With their awards (front, from left) Nokukhanya Shezi (office administrator), Nondumiso Gumede (receptionist), Thandeka Myaka (intern), and (back, from left) Willie Zondi (treasurer), Jeffrey Ngobese (regional chairperson and Mshiyeni Ndawonde (executive member).

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THE Umzinythi Regional Transport Committee chairperson, Mr J. Ngobese told Greytown Gazette that the current leadership of Umzinyathi region Santaco (SA National Taxi Association) is not only passionate about changing the face of the taxi industry into a formal business, it is also apologising “to all those who have suffered due to bad attitude in this industry”.

In partnership with other agencies the Umzinyathi branch is encouraging drivers and operators to go through training so as to improve and ensure that the taxi industry operates professionally eliminating road fatalities and taxi violence.

Santaco Umzinyathi region is made up of 10 taxi associations - Nquthu Pioneer Taxi, Dundee Transport Taxi, Pomeroy Taxi, Tugela Ferry Taxi, Keates Drift Taxi, Kranskop Taxi, Matimatolo Taxi, Nhlalakahle Taxi, Greytown Taxi and Muden Taxi associations.

KZN Santaco through an independent team of investigators, annually checks all 16 regions in KZN to monitor performance.

For the past four years the region of Umzinyathi has received awards each year for road safety and community social intervention programmes, an award for community outreach programme and last year a compliance award.

On 24 February the training award was presented to Umzinyathi as the best region to promote training and development. Chairperson

Ngobese said: “We promise all the citizens that we are doing our level best to make this industry a safe and reliable mode of transport where everybody will feel safe to travel on.

“If a member of the public wants to report any taxi problems, please call in at the regional office at 152 Voortrekker Street, Greytown or phone 033 413 1734.

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