- Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced measures that will be undertaken by his department
- This comes as the government attempts to limit the spread of the coronavirus in South Africa
- Briefly.co.za explores the measures being taken by the minister
President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement of a national disaster in the face of the coronavirus has far-reaching implications for all spheres of government.
While the focus has largely been on Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, South Africa's reliance on public transport has been a cause for concern.
Even One South Africa leader Mmusi Maimane has attempted to draw attention to the large crowds that form during peak traffic:
"Mr Fix Mbalula Fikile can you provide us with critical clarity around trains and taxi ranks. As you are aware Bree taxi rank in Johannesburg, for example, will have 100s of people in the peak traffic periods. The same is true of the train stations and the trains."
Briefly.co.za reported that the nation's ministers had briefed the country on the plans to combat the continued spread of the virus on Monday.
During this announcement, Mbalula revealed that randomised screening would be taking place at taxi ranks and train stations, calling for taxis to be sanitised:
"The taxi industry transports more than 16 million people and represents a critical sector, which must be at the forefront of robust interventions and awareness to manage the risks. We will implement an aggressive information drive to create awareness and promote preventive measures. Taxi and bus operators must become ambassadors whose task it is to disseminate information.”
The minister shared a five-point action plan to fight off Covid-19:
- Awareness and educational campaigns aimed at commuters.
- Sanitation of trains, buses and taxis after every trip and, where applicable, each e-hailing passenger journey.
- Provision of hand sanitisers at key points and encouraging operators to provide sanitisers
- Intensive cleaning and sanitisation of major stations and key points of embarkation and commuter handling facilities.
- Practical screening facilities that will target train stations, such as Park Station, Durban Station, Cape Town Station, Port Elizabeth Station, Bloemfontein Station and Pretoria Station.
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