So many people complain that something must be done about taxi drivers who break every law. This is very true, but it is one thing to talk about it, and another thing to actually have the opportunity to tackle the problem head-on.
In 2010, just before the World Soccer Cup, SOLLDTA Chairperson at that time, Elias Moabelo, expressed the desire to upgrade the member’s driving skills to be ready for the influx of visitors from all over the world. At the time SOLLDTA only had 24 members. I believe it has grown considerably since then, and wish I could have the privilege of training them all! There is something deeply satisfying about giving a man self-respect through up-skilling him and correcting his bad driving habits.
For three Sunday mornings the very eager taxi drivers, who were thirsty for knowledge and qualifications gathered at the Mabopani Community Centre, on the border of Soshanguve.
They were very excited about the training we were about to begin. So was I!
What a wonderful opportunity to make a difference by educating the drivers and teaching them to respect the law.
Elias Moabelo is a man of great vision. He is no longer the Chairperson, having had to step down when his wife passed away, to care for his children, but when phoned after five years, he said none of the drivers who took the training had had a crash since their training.