While most of us are still asleep at 3am, 15-year-old Bathabile Ludidi leaves home and travels in three different taxis to get to school.
The Benoni High school pupil spends about R2 000 every month on transportation alone. He has been using public transport for three years.
“When I first started travelling by myself, it was scary as taxi ranks are full of people and it takes a while to get used to the noise and walking out when it is still dark outside.
He says that he has now gotten used to the dark and traveling alone. The young boy pointed out the challenges he faced while traveling with a taxi. He said that the taxis could sometimes break down, they could also be overcrowded at times and there was a risk of getting robbed at the taxi rank. He also said that it's particularly difficult catching taxis during rainy seasons as he got wet.
“I think as learners, we should be paying half the price when travelling by taxi as we are still learners and that would decrease the cost for parents to pay"
He said that he would not advise any learner to travel by taxi.
“If possible, they should get transport and if it is unavoidable they should be careful”
Hang in there, Bathabile, difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.
Meanwhile, a woman recently over came near- impossible odds to graduate Cum Laude recently. After Shanice Moonithan's dream to become a pilot ground to a halt, she took it upon herself to find another career path and has graduated with a National Diploma in Town and Regional Planning from the Durban University of Technology.
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