- Public transport can be a real cause for anxiety in women who feel threatened by men
- A woman has found a way to ease women's experiences using public transport with a female-only taxi service
- Ladies Own Transport Services taxi fleet has female drivers who cater to ladies who feel threatened by male drivers
Joanie Fredericks has launched a female-only taxi company which offers rides to ladies who find male drivers intimidating.
Women across South Africa often feel threatened when travelling alone with a strange man and Joanie wants to offer her clients a more enjoyable and safer experience.
Fredericks has made it her mission to help women who are the victims of gender-based violence.
She launched the unique taxi service early in January when she realised that public transport and GBV had a long history.
Joanie is a victim of sexual assault and has used her desire to prevent what happened to her happen to other fuel her crusade to help her fellow female South Africans.
Back in 2018 Joanie found a great way to help women gain their independence, she founded Ladies Own Transport Services to help women get their drivers licences.
“I’ve had my licence for almost 20 years and that overwhelming feeling of empowerment is something I can never forget.”
Joanie wished to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience with other women and so Ladies Own Transport Services was born.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that failure to wear a protective facial mask in public spaces could result in a hefty fine. Taxi drivers seem to be enforcing the regulation to the best of their abilities and doing whatever they can to rid themselves of passengers who refuse to wear masks.
@Mikateko_Ndlovu on Twitter shared that a taxi driver she was travelling with had asked another passenger to put her mask on. The unknown lady would not comply and the taxi driver drove her straight to a police station.
@Mikateko_Ndlovu's story has allowed for SAns to share similar experiences with regards to passengers refusing to wear masks in taxis.
In other news, Muthumuni Mukatshelwa Thinavhuyo took to Facebook and posted a heartfelt message of thanks to her mom for always providing for her, making sure she always had a roof over her head and food in her belly.
She revealed in the #ImStaying group that her mum is a taxi driver, a job usually reserved for men, showing that she must be an incredible woman.
She captioned the post with the following:
"My mother she was a taxi driver since I was Born until now I never went to bed with an empty stomach because of her hustler. She's the reason why I'm staying "
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