Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
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20 Jul 2020
7:27 pm

Taxi drivers say hunger a bigger cause for concern than Covid-19

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

Taxi drivers say the risk of going hungry is only a bad day away for all of them, which is why they are willing to risk loading their vehicles to capacity, but nurses say this places poor communities at risk.

Taxi Drivers at Greenstone Mall in Edenvale sanitise passenger's hands before they enter the taxi, 25 March 2020. Picture: Neil McCartney

You don’t need to worry about full taxis accelerating the spread of Covid-19, but instead worry about the risk of hunger spreading through families who depend on this industry. This according to taxi drivers who spoke to The Citizen at the Westgate Taxi Rank, where drivers say despite the relaxation of restrictions under level 3 lockdown, these ‘Quantums’ are barely full more than three times a day, and hunger is always a bad day away. Elsewhere in Roodepoort, Bosmont Taxi Association drivers say they are not filling their vehicles to capacity because business is still slow, despite schools being open....