Before the nationwide lockdown, more than 70 000 people passed through the transport interchange in Town Centre daily. With community transmissions and the constant threat of infection in areas where people gather, the provincial government has stepped in to provide the taxi industry with a needed boost.Provincial minister for transport Bonginkosi Madikizela distributed 130 bottles of 25F hand sanitisers, 4 140 bottles (to decant sanitiser), 58 boxes of gloves, 8 800 masks, 67 bottles of 25F Germatol disinfection, 67 snopsacks and 54 disposal protective clothing outfits. “As part of my on-going raising of awareness about hygiene on public transport, I distributed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the taxi industry in Mitchell’s Plain. The handover forms part of the allocation made to various provinces by the national department of transport, in line with the stipulated national government regulations,” says Madikizela. “The most important thing people need to understand is that hygiene will help us flatten the curve. Masks and gloves will be ineffective if they are not used properly. As the government, we made a commitment that we want to keep our people, especially essential service workers, safe.”Member of parliament Ricardo Mackenzi accompanied Madikizela to the taxi rank earlier this month. “(This was done) to ensure (taxi associations) sanitise their taxis and observe physical distancing. I was encouraged to see the enthusiasm shown by the taxi industry and they pledged their support to stop the spread and to ensure they transport our essential workers to work. I want to thank minister Madikizela and his team for this contribution to ensure our passengers are keeping safe.” The donation will be shared with taxi associations across the province.