Foreigner become a taxi driver for a day

2015-08-27 06:00
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German national, Max Frederick Raddqatz enjoys his taxi-driving experience.

PHOTO: supplied German national, Max Frederick Raddqatz enjoys his taxi-driving experience.

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DRIVING a taxi for one day was a dream for a 21-year-old German volunteer, Max Frederick Raddqatz, who lives in Loskop in Escourt.

Raddqatz came to South Africa in August with the aim of learning and exploring the country and has been living­ at KwaZamokuhle Special School where he was taking care of the children as part of his volunteer work.

“Ever since I arrived in South Africa, it has been my dream to experience the lives of taxi drivers.

“One of my friends from around Loskop, Sabelo Ndaba, played a part in making that happen and he convinced a taxi driver to get someone to help me drive a taxi for a day. Some of the taxi drivers did help but they asked for a token of appreciation for their contribution.”

His dream of driving a taxi came true the day before he left South Africa, on 10 August, after being here for a year, and all eyes were on him as he wore traditional clothing - umbhlaselo (pants with decorative patches), izimbadada (traditional sandals), umucu (necklace) and umqhele (headgear).

“I got in the taxi and greeted my passengers in Zulu. The reaction on their faces was amazing. Some of them could not even greet me back - I believe they were shocked.

“This day felt exactly like my third month in Loskop , which then felt like my second home.

“Now, at this point, I am very sad that I’m going back to my home town. I will miss the people, the customs, the warm welcomes, friends I have made and memories I have created. My taxi- driving experience was a bonus,” said Raddqatz.

His friend Nelisiwe Zuma said having Raddqatz in the country was exciting.

“He was like one of us. What was amazing about him is that he was willing to learn. We miss him already,” said Zuma

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