11 April 2002

South Africa: Transport Minister to Interact With Taxi Commuters

Pretoria — Don't be surprised if the passenger sitting next to you in a mini-bus taxi next Tuesday is transport minister Dullah Omar himself!

Minister Omar will board a taxi from Pretoria central and travel to Atteridgeville, to get an insight into the trials and tribulations experienced by taxi commuters on a daily basis.

The move is part of Imbizo Focus Week - a government driven programme, whereby ministers and government officials interact with ordinary citizens and take cognisance of their daily problems.

The programme officially kicks off on Monday.

Apart from interacting with commuters, the minister will also ascertain the roadworthiness of mini-bus taxis and see if drivers are following road regulations.

The minister will also assist pupils at the Patogeng Primary School at Atteridgeville, to safely cross Maunde Street - one of the busiest roads in the area.

He will also address learners about the importance of road safety, with special emphasis on pedestrian safety and visibility. He will then proceed to Phutaditshaba Primary School in the informal settlement, where he will do the same.

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