Meet Tisa, the charismatic Stellenbosch taxi driver like no other

Meet Tisa, the charismatic Stellenbosch taxi driver like no other

Leatitia Solomons-Manuel, taxi driver, actress and community activist, give the citizens of Stellenbosch more than just taxi rides. She gives them her dedication and love as well. Not to mention her sparkling smile.

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Leatitia is better known as Tisa, the driver of the taxi called Rykie. She is the only female taxi driver in the area but that's not all that makes her special.

Tisa recently had the limelight on her as she starred in Leatitia se Taxi - a 7 episode show on Via's Channel 147.

She gave South Africa a look at what it's like to be a female taxi driver, especially on payday.

The Solomons family have 6 taxies that they operate on various routes in Stellenbosch. IOL News reports Tisa's family has been in the transporting-of-people business for years, since her granddad started selling fruit and veggies from his donkey cart.

Tisa's husband, Mitch Manuel, her dad, brother and her future brother-in-law all drive the family's taxis.

She finished school in 1999 and did a Legal Secretarial course at Boland College but couldn't see herself becoming a secretary.

Tisa decided to follow her heart and go where her dreams lead - drama. She admits it was difficult sometimes. Clearly, it was worth it.

When Tisa became a taxi driver she hoped to change people's minds about them. She says many of the male taxi drivers share her attitude of respect.

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Tisa has another side - Matilda. Matilda is her alter-ego and she is someone that women from all walks of life can relate to. She was born after Tisa's successful play called Vetterig off te not.

The play won the award for Best New Production in 2010's Woordfees. Tisa also had a one-woman show - Vol klagtes en gedagtes - in March that sold out.

The actress and taxi driver also won the Best Actress Award at the Zabalaza Festival in 2014. It was an honorary award from the Heritage and Cultural Society of Stellenbosch.

Apart from driving people around and winning awards, Tisa also presents educational theatre at schools.

This inspiring lady is winning at life - she's chasing her dreams and being an amazing human towards those around her as well.

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