Taxi council launches training academy

2011-10-21 14:23

Johannesburg - The SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) will launch its own training academy next week.

"The training academy reinforces the taxi industry's commitment towards the Decade of Action for Road Safety that aims to halve road carnage by 2020," Santaco said in a statement.

Also, a recruitment programme would be available for women who wanted to be trained as taxi drivers.

Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele and Free State tourism MEC Mxolisi Dukwana will attend the academy's launch in Welkom in the Free State on Monday.

  • Lyndatjie - 2011-10-21 14:42

    Seeing the headlines made my blood run cold... I thought to myself that now they will give training to ALL the taxi drivers to be obnixous, confrontational, bad and suicidal! But then I read the content and went "PHEW!"

      Ann - 2011-10-21 15:12

      Excellent idea Please make sure they know that they are not the only drivers on the road and that all of us are going "somewhere" and would like to get there alive and in a positive frame of mind! Oh and NO sjamboks to be hit against the side of taxis in order to intimidate!

      nasheenar - 2011-10-21 15:19

      Im all for this, but lets hope the Tax payer is not affective by this awsome plan.

  • Michael - 2011-10-21 14:43

    Nice work, lets hope its effective

  • JustJust205 - 2011-10-21 14:51

    Woman taxi driver's now thats just looking for $H!T

      Lyndatjie - 2011-10-21 15:09

      Oy! It has been proven that more than 73% of all accidents are because of men drivers! Of course it doesn't say how many are STARTED by women but FINISHED by men.... Methinks I must now run!

  • Michael - 2011-10-21 14:54

    it will be like Top Gun for the best of the best

      SimnikiweNtingi - 2011-10-21 15:39

      CAUTION: Dumb comment above^^^^^

  • OSSY24 - 2011-10-21 14:55

    wtf "The training academy reinforces the taxi industry's commitment towards the Decade of Action for Road Safety that aims to have road carnage by 2020,"

      Deon - 2011-10-21 15:14

      You missed the "l" in halve, big difference. We already have carnage on the road, 50% less should help but why only in 9 years time?.

      OSSY24 - 2011-10-21 15:25


      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-10-21 16:23

      @Deon. The reason why only in 9 yrs time is because they will have to be able to do a off-road due to potholes.

  • John - 2011-10-21 15:01

    hope it works,got my doubts though

  • Sledge - 2011-10-21 15:03

    OK Sipho we will start the corse on How to manuverr very nisely on the Pavemt & if you pas tis one, you are the nomber 1

  • jesomerville - 2011-10-21 15:21


  • Zifnab - 2011-10-21 15:22

    I can imagine the syllabus now: * Driving down the wrong lane for beginners * Intimidating other drivers 101 * Advanced yellow lane driving * How to fix your taxi using chewing gum * Running red lights while looking for passengers - a short course * Why you are allowed to stop when and where you please * Bribing the metro cops - How to get value for your money

      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-10-21 16:32

      Ok, even that I think it is a good idea I must admit you are funny. :)

      Garreth - 2011-10-21 16:42

      You forgot to add the training for the taxi guard. That's probly a 2nd semester.

      Charles - 2011-10-21 21:09

      zifnab, you forgot: * How to increase the minibus volume by the use of a vicegrip for steering * How to save maintenance costs by using cardbox for break pads

  • rynhardt.ferreira - 2011-10-21 15:27

    All I can say is LOL!!!! Money wasted!!!

      Thulebona - 2011-10-21 15:37

      your terrorist mentality speaks ...

      rynhardt.ferreira - 2011-10-21 15:41

      You go and play somewhere in your Zulu costume!! Clown

      SimnikiweNtingi - 2011-10-21 15:43

      Do you really have to be negative. When Taxi drivers are breaking the law you people are the first to complain, and now SANTACO is trying to fix the problem you are still complaining.

      Barend - 2011-10-21 15:53

      @Thulebona. Driving a taxi must be nice hey. Driving like the law does not apply to you, supporting corruption by buying fake licences coz you just can't pass it coz you just can't drive. Not a single person who understands the laws of the road approve of minibus taxis and this is because they cause carnage on the roads. The article indicates that there is a problem with taxi's.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2011-10-21 16:28

      Why not trying something or do you have a crystal ball? I presume you made millions with the ball when Telkom shares were up for grab. I was stupid and though the mampaddas will cost me money.

      Michael - 2011-10-21 16:32

      they are trying to solve the road carnage problem ppl%, give them a effin break.

  • dcbrat - 2011-10-21 16:10

    It's a positive step which is great, but why would they need 9 years to halve the carnage on the roads?

  • Marion - 2011-10-21 16:38

    Having had the hair raising privilege of riding in taxis on a regular basis I say Thank you God. Now they must also ensure all the vehicles are roadworthy. If not roadworthy, all this will be to no avail.

  • aiazmir - 2011-10-21 18:55

    Long overdue, but well done. Hope more will follow.

  • Harry Meyerowitz - 2011-10-22 07:22

    Training? Surely when you get your drivers you should already know the rules of the road? What a waste! Proper and serious enforcement of the traffic laws is what is in order wtf!

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