MEC Mamabolo: Gauteng taxi industry 'trying its best' to enforce COVID-19 rules

MEC Jacob Mamabolo spent Tuesday morning interacting with officials from the taxi industry and commuters as part of the provincial government's efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the province.

Gauteng Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo on a walkabout at Noord taxi rank on Tuesday, 22 June 2021. Picture: Gauteng Health.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo said he was pleased with the COVID-19 health and safety compliance at the busy Noord taxi rank in the Johannesburg CBD.

Mamabolo spent Tuesday morning interacting with officials from the taxi industry and commuters as part of the provincial government's efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the province.

Mamabolo started his visit by inspecting safety compliance at the loading bays.

Over 6,000 of the country's news cases were detected in the province in the last 24 hours.

Mamabolo said he noticed a disturbing trend where some commuters were not wearing masks, but operators were quick to apologise.

After inspecting 10 bays, the MEC said he was satisfied with the level of compliance.

“In general, the taxi industry is doing its best to enforce the regulations and protocols of COVID-19.”

Other members of the provincial executive council visited various other taxi ranks, shopping centres and schools as part of government's efforts to slow down the spread of infections.

Mababolo has also expressed concern about the state of the Noord taxi in central Joburg.

The rank is in a filthy state with the smell of urine.

TheMEC said this was totally unacceptable: “Really disturbing for me is the state of the taxi rank. When we were working on level 1 and 2, we had been working with municipalities to clean the taxi rank.”

At the same time, Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi in Carletonville.

She said it appeared that most retailers were not complying with regulations.

“Their sanitisers are also non-compliant and we’re trying to ensure compliance.”

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