The minibus taxi industry has so far played a very important role in ensuring that the containment of the Covid-19 coronavirus is managed.
This as we now look ahead for the busy festive season during a time when we as a country are probably expecting a second wave of the outbreak of the virus. As taxi operators and also veterans with loads of experience for that matter, the times in which we are now living call for a different thinking and innovation from the taxi sector on what to do during these times.
It is now common knowledge that the Eastern Cape, and in particular the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, has emerged as the hot spot where a big resurgence of the coronavirus has suddenly been confirmed. And what that means is that the taxi industry has a tough call to make: ensure a compulsory testing for all travelers leaving other provinces to that side of the country or suspend traveling to the Eastern Cape all together?
It is not easy to come up with an easy solution but the reality on the ground demands that we ask ourselves these tough questions. For some of us who watch the news and read newspapers, we know what it is like to be in a Covid-19 hotspot. Gauteng, where some of us are based, was at one stage one of the hot spots where the virus once found a base.
As veterans of the industry we can just offer this advice: analyze the situation and follow the guidance from the medical experts and listen to what they tell you. As much as we run businesses it is also our duty to also ensure that people’s lives are safeguarded at all times. Covid-19 has been very cruel to the businesses all over the world. And we are not an exception. The common thing that now enjoins all of us is to ensure that we fight the pandemic from all sides.
Lastly, it is also very important for us to urge all out motorists and other road users to be cautious at all times during the festive season as we anticipate a hectic time when some people head to their homes throughout the provinces and also outside of the country.