South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) to launch taxi industry training academy

21 October 2011

The South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) will be launching the first ever taxi industry training academy.  The Training Academy is part of SANTACO’s new vision that seeks to transform the taxi industry called the TR3 2020 strategy.  The Training Academy reinforces the taxi industry’s commitment towards the Decade of Action for Road Safety that aims to half road carnage by the 2020.  

SANTACO however intends to have reduced taxi related accidents drastically by 2015 through the taxis’ road safety programme called the Hlokomela campaign.  Through the Hlokomela campaign SANTACO seeks to improve customer care and promote responsible driving which require behavioural change in order to achieve reduction of road accidents.  There is presently a recruitment process of women who will be trained as taxi drivers. 

 

Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele will deliver a keynote address at the launch which will also be attended by among other speakers; the Free State MEC for Tourism, Environmental & Economic Affairs Mr M Dukwana and CEO of TETA (Transport Training & Education Authority) Ms M Matlala.  The Programme will begin at the SANTACO Academy and will proceed to the Pakisa Racecourse.