The Greater Alberton Taxi Association (GATA) believe that reaching 60 years operating in a space so contested proves that there is much to look forward to with hope than with regret.
The association reached the magical numbers on Wednesday, 28 April and held a spectacular event at the Birchwood conference centre in Boksburg.
“This is a big milestone for us as an association and we are looking ahead with confidence and believe we are on the right track, it is always a good feeling when we all celebrate like this but the road is still long ahead,” said GATA public relationship officer (PRO) Henry Maile.
He said that the association’s leadership was happy with the direction they are taking, in particular when they look at the private sector relationship they have forged with corporate companies to improve the lives of local people in the communities like Katlehong, Thokoza and Vosloorus and other surrounding areas.
GATA has a stake in fast-food franchises of Steers, Debonair and King Pie – all owned by JSE listed company Pioneer Foods. Maine said they have chosen corporate partnerships because they gave leverage to their business as well and believes they would still enter into other such agreements.
“We want all our members to join us and we have proven to them that we are serious about working with partners in the private sector and give them a good return for their money as we demonstrated when we have back our financial statements,” said Maile.
Some of the associations that attended GATA event included neighbour associations like the Katlehong People’s Taxi Association (Kapta) and Nigel Taxi Association (NTA) as well as the top structure of the Top Six Taxi Management.