santacoBusinessLive reports that the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) has mapped out a plan to limit the spread of Covid-19 in the sector that provides crucial transport for an estimated 16.5-million passengers daily.  

President Phillip Taaibosch addressed the media on Wednesday on measures they would take to limit the spread of the virus.  They include cleaning and disinfecting taxi ranks and minibus taxis with certified chemicals every day.  Passengers will be sanitised as they enter and leave taxi ranks.  “All taxis will have sanitisers offered to all passengers as they enter the taxi and after handling taxi fares.  Everybody in the vicinity of the taxi rank must cover their mouths when coughing and sneezing,” Taaibosch indicated.  “Queue marshals are encouraged to ensure that passengers observe hygiene standards ... such as the [frequent] washing of hands,” he added.  Santaco has formed a national command centre aimed at monitoring the implementation of the taxi industry programme on Covid-19.  Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has said there would be random screening of passengers for Covid-19 at all taxi ranks and train stations, and that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) would sanitise all of its trains.

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