IN an innovative and bold move to support mini-bus taxi operators, associations and regional taxi leadership improve their business, operations and services to commuters, the eThekwini Municipality launched Moja Cruise – its taxi incentives programme – on Monday, 30 October, the penultimate day of National Transport Month.
Celebrating the role of the mini-bus taxi industry in the delivery of public transport in South Africa through the decades, pioneered out of sheer necessity during the years of apartheid, Mayor, Zandile Gumede, invited representatives of the taxi leadership to become involved in the new programme.
“You have played a very important historical role in public transport. We acknowledge this and thank you, and we invite you to continue to do so with us, within an improved system for the City. As we usher in a new era for public transport, we assure you that as government, we are walking side-by-side with you in creating solutions to the challenges that you face,” she said to the gathering of about 550 people including representatives of mini-bus taxi industry, politicians and City officials.
At the launch of Moja Cruise, the City’s Taxi Incentive Programme were QJ Nene (South 1 Region), Sifiso Mthethwa (Greater North) eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede, Councillor Mondli Mthembu and Yusuf Khaliva (Durban Central Region).
As a building block towards the new system, Moja Cruise has been created as a voluntary programme, which will begin as a pilot or test case in about four to to eight weeks time, with an expected 500 taxis initially enrolled. These taxis will be branded and easily identifiable as participants within the programme, and will include taxis from all taxi associations within the eThekwini Municipality. The successes and challenges of this pilot will help inform the future roll out of the programme.
Devised to improve operators’ businesses through better services to the commuters, and drivers rewarded for excellence, Moja Cruise will focus on providing an efficient, friendly and safe experience for customers.
The launch revealed some of the details of the programme, which will track vehicles and obtain feedback from the various structures like rank marshalls, associations and state-of-the-art tracking systems. Eventually commuters will be asked to rate their experiences. This will all feed into a system, which rewards the drivers and operators for excellence on a monthly basis.
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