Uplifting womenin the taxi industry

2017-06-21 06:02

WOMEN involved the taxi business are gearing up to move out of the passenger seats to occupy the drivers’ seats in the transport industry.

A group of women connected to the industry were “enlightened” at a training workshop held by the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) women’s desk in Pietermaritzburg earlier this week.

The workshop, held in conjunction with a women’s empowerment group from the Department of Transport, was aimed at equipping women with the necessary skills to spread their wings across the transport sector.

Chairperson of the women’s desk, Anna Williams, said women are capable of handling “big responsibilities”.

She added that this point could be attested by a number of women currently running successful taxi businesses in the province.

Rejecting the widespread stereotype that the taxi industry is an exclusively male-run sector, Williams said women in KZN have proved themselves to be equally successful.

“We continuously encourage each other to work hard so that we can support our families.

“Many mothers have used money they have acquired through their taxi businesses to pay university tuition fees.”

By 2020, the Santaco women’s desk hopes to see more women involved in transport entities such as Transnet, the airlines, cruise ships, and others.

Santaco training officer in KZN Jeffrey Ngobese said this is all part of the association’s transformation process to formalise the taxi industry.

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