The South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) has lost one of its most well respected woman leaders following the death of Buyiswa Dithi Mehlomakhulu.
Her unexpected passing has shocked many of her colleagues who had worked with her in various roles in the region. She died on 18th August, just seven days after the funeral of her husband who had just been buried on 10th August.
Sharon Nwamadi, a member of the SANTACO Regional Executive Committee who has known Mehlomakhulu and worked with her in the region for several years together with fellow committee member Belinda Williams, described Mehlomakhulu’s death as a massive loss to the taxi industry in general.
“We have lost a very good and dedicated woman leader who worked very tireless to advance the cause of many women in the industry. Those who knew her will tell you about her leadership style and how selfless she was,” said Nwamadi.
In fact Nwamadi, Mehlomakhulu and Williams would often be seen and found together I almost all events and functions in the industry, particularly at SANTACO events. They even enrolled and graduated together at the Wits School of Governance as part of the Women in The Taxi Industry one-year course where they even graduated together.
Mehlomakhulu has served in many positions. She was the deputy chairperson of the SANTACO Greater Joburg Deputy Chairperson of the Women’s Desk at the time of her death.