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1,500 taxis to be fitted with free WiFi

The national taxi council says it wants to attract more people back to public transport.

The South African National Taxi Council and Telkom have launched the Wi-Taxi project which will see taxis in parts of the country fitted with free high speed wireless internet. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Members of the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) today launched the Wi-Taxi project, an initiative that will see taxis in parts of the country fitted with free high speed wireless internet (WiFi).

Santaco has partnered with Telkom which will start rolling out WiFi connections to approximately 1,500 taxis within the next six months.

Minibus taxis in their different models lined Vilakazi Street in Soweto for the launch today, where drivers proudly showed off their WiFi fitted vehicles.

It's the latest technological advancement for the taxi industry that could see millions of commuters gaining access to free internet connection on their taxi rides in the long-term.

The council says the project is a major step towards its goal of providing a world class taxi service.

"This innovative improvement in our service offering is part of our long-term strategy to turn around the taxi industry into a world-class taxi service," said Santaco president Philip Taaibosch.

He continued, "We want to keep our 15 million daily commuters and attract more people back to using public transport in general and taxis in particular."