Taking the easy way home

2015-08-04 06:01
Westerford pupils used the Tuk Tuk to make a grand entrance at a matric farewell party.

Westerford pupils used the Tuk Tuk to make a grand entrance at a matric farewell party.

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Getting around has never been so easy for the residents of Harfield Village and surrounding areas.

To go short distances, like to the shops or to visit the dentist, residents are using a free transport service called the Tuk Tuk, which was made possible by Lew Norgarb, owner of Norgarb Properties.

The small people carrier also serves residents in Claremont and Kenilworth. Sport fans going to Newlands rugby and cricket matches can also use the service.

A Tuk Tuk is licenced to carry three passengers at a time. It doesn’t operate on cold or rainy day because the sides are open which might make the journey uncomfortable. It also only operates when driver Tendai Zindi is available.

This car of Indian origin has become a hit with those out drinking for an easy and safe way home.

Norgarb says he saw a Tuk Tuk in the city and it captured his heart.

“I knew there was such a thing, but I just didn’t know there was one in South Africa. When I saw one in Long Street I just couldn’t let it go. I took pictures and admired it as it went up and down Long Street ferrying people from one spot to another,” he says.

He hit upon the idea to introduce it to Harfield Village to help residents go short distances or run errands.

“When I got home I searched for it on Gumtree and I got it. It was so amazing. Now it has become a hit and people really enjoy the ride.

“It encourages those who drink to be more responsible actually. It gets used more often at night than during the day,” he says.

A resident from Claremont Village who identified herself as Lauren can’t stop singing the praises of this service. She says the first time she made use of the Tuk Tuk was when she had undergone hip surgery.

“I was unable to drive for three weeks, so called for the free service. I sent the driver to the shops for me and even to Clicks to pick up some items there. On one occasion I used the service for a trip to the dentist in Bowwood Road for my son. Well, there we were, the two of us in the back, me with crutches precariously perched across my legs, and off we went.

“It’s a fantastic service to the community and one I can highly recommend,” she says.

Another resident, Lise Marriott, also says it’s a great initiative to help the community. “I needed to get my daughter to Medi-Cross at a certain time and I was late coming back from Stellenbosch.”

Norgarb says: “We just have to find ways to make our communities better., make them more fun so that we appreciate them even more. It makes me sleep better knowing that I could help my community and I have done my part,” he says.

The free service operates inside the area bordered by Keurboom Road, the M5, Wetton bridge, the railway line and Palmyra Road.

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For a free ride on the Tuk Tuk in the area or to hire it for corporate functions or parties call driver Tendai Zindi on 060 717 5231

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