- A young taxi guard went viral when the story of how he is trying to better the lives of Cape Town elders by getting them free taxi rides was shared
- Yaseen Abrahams (25) started the project on only recently but it has been growing ever since
- Bonteheuwel taxi drivers are being persuaded to offer free rides to pensioners older than 70
A month ago, Yaseen Abrahams' story went viral for all the right reasons. Abrahams knows that the elderly of his community are struggling, and they don't always have money for taxi fare. Abrahams has taken it upon himself to be the gear that sets into motion the change needed.
In April, Briefly.co.za reported that the Bonteheuwel taxi guard caused a stir on social media after he began offering rides to pensioners over 70. Yaseen Abrahams has been lauded for his generous and selfless initiative.
Pensioners who can't afford to ride in a taxi are very grateful for the act of kindness. Mary Kannemeyer, a resident of Bonteheuwel is very pleased with the project.
She says she and her 81-year old husband have been struggling a lot and don't have money for taxi rides.
“We only get a Sassa pension. We walk to the shops and the hospital. But this is a nice plan.” she commented.
News about project 'Taxi Give Back' has been welcomed all across the country.
Taxi driver Ashraf Cassiem works with Abrahams on the project. He has has been giving free rides to the elderly for a long time.
Cassiem believes it is about time that the elderly get free taxi rides. The local riff-raff have been able to ride for free for ages. He says, “If skollies could get free rides then so could pensioners”.
The taxi owner, David Roman, has given these two big-hearted men the go-ahead. As long as they meet their daily targets, they are free to open their doors without cost to anyone over 70.
“I hope they will also do this and together we can help make the last years of their lives better. They have given so much to us as children and as a community,” adds Abrahams.
They have also reached out to 30 other taxi drivers and their guards. So far, 6 have already pledged.
But this project won't stay in only Bonteheuwel. Plans have been made to include taxis from other communities like Elsies River, Bishop Lavis, and Manenberg as well.
Any taxi drivers that would like to pledge to the project can reach David Roman at 072 127 8422.
Abrahams doesn't like to see older people struggling. That is why he wanted to do something for the pensioners in his community. He says, “This is about giving something back to the community”.
If this young man's dream is achieved, it could start a change all over the country.
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