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Putting a spotlight on the transport industry during COVID-19 pandemic

19 March 2020 12:55 PM
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Eusebius McKaiser facilitates debate with stakeholders on how to flatten the curve of the virus.

President Cyril Ramaphosa implemented travel bans with immediate effect after declaring the COVID-19 outbreak a national disaster on Sunday.

The announcement by the president impacts how people's daily commute will be affected by the national disaster.

RELATED: 10 interventions announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa to curb Covid-19 spread

Eusebius McKaiser shines the spotlight on the transport industry during the pandemic and speaks to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, National Taxi Alliance national spokesperson Theo Malele, Private and Public Transport Association chairperson Vhatuka Mbelengwa and Gautrain Management Agency chief executive officer William Dachs on how the curve will be flattened.

We are weighing options on what further measures we need to take to support the different modes of transport. We sanitizing trains and giving surgical masks to staff members. We will also supply surgical masks to taxi drivers as well.

Fikile Mbalula, Minister - Transport

He says everyone needs to minimise overcrowding in these different modes of transport, Mbalula says.

We will put our foot down in limiting large numbers in trains.

Fikile Mbalula, Minister - Transport

He says there will be different engagements with different stakeholders so that measures that have been set out are implemented.

These are rules now if the taxi industry doesn't apply the rules, they are at risk of the taxi rank being closed down. We must limit unnecessary movement, but people who have no choice and need to go to work, they must do that in the context of the law.

Fikile Mbalula, Minister - Transport

The government will use some resources to provide sanitizers for the taxi industry, he says.

Malele says as patriotic South Africans, something needs to be done about the spread of COVID-19.

I understand there has to be social distancing, the taxi industry is a business and most of these vehicles are owed, and we have to meet our monthly financial obligations. If capacity if passengers are reduced, will the government augment for that?

Theo Malele, National spokesperson - National Taxi Alliance

Mbelengwa says there has been a fair amount of exposure to the virus by drivers transporting passengers from the airport.

So there is a responsibility to make sure that drivers get medical intervention if needed.

Vhatuka Mbelengwa, chairperson - Private and Public Transport Association

Dachs says he urges all Gautrain users to ensure that they use the sanitizers provided.

To track the latest developments around the coronavirus both in South Africa and abroad, click on this live status report from Strategix.

Listen below to the full conversation:


19 March 2020 12:55 PM
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#Covid19
corunavirussa

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