The Naphuno Taxi Association believes that the move from level three to level one under the adjusted Covid-19 regulations has helped the body’s members get back to good business times as most of their fleet will now have passengers.
Nash Netshikweta, an executive member at the association who is also the disciplinary committee head, says before the reopening of the economy many of their vehicles were not working as much as they would want to because of poor movement of people between Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng as some were laid off temporarily by their employers or told to work from home.
“At least from now we can see the difference as people now flock back to work in areas like Johannesburg. But I must indicate that not much at the moment can be said to be happening as just few passengers working in Gauteng are slowly going back to work. It is still the same old story here: that quite a few of these passengers working outside Limpopo and Mpumalanga are still at home,” says Netshikweta.
Naphuno has its offices in the Johannesburg Central Business District (CBD). The association covers areas such as Kga-Sekororo in Tzaneen in Limpopo and spreads to Mpumalanga’s areas like Lydenburg, Witbank, Belfast and Middelburg with the main destination being Johannesburg.
Netshikweta says non of the association’s members had their vehicles confiscated during level the stage of the pandemic.
“Not from what we know. We have survived when we were operating at 70% loading capacity and we are still standing. We never got reports about that,” he says.