Minister gives Sanitizing Booth the thumbs-up

Minister of transport, Fikile Mbalula, hailed the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit for introducing the walk-through sanitizing booth as one of the measures aimed at curbing the spread of Covid-19. Rea Vaya buses ferry thousands of essential workers each day, for this reason, the minister assessed adherence to lockdown regulations to ensure that South-Africa’s workforce commutes safely.

 The minister mentioned that the vast majority of people rely on the public transport system for their livelihoods. “This morning we came to inspect the levels of compliance of the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit with the level 4 lockdown regulations.  With the easing of the lockdown from level 5 and resumption of economic activity in certain sectors, the role of public transport in enabling mobility of workers and the movement of freight, cannot be overstated”.

“We are under no illusion about the importance of public transport in enabling social mobility and access to centers of economic activity.  Bus rapid transit systems such as Rea Vaya play a very critical role in enabling such mobility.  The strategic role of transport as an enabler of mobility for people, also means that it is a hig- risk sector for the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.  We are therefore committed to ensuring that our public transport system does not aid the spread of the virus, by enforcing strict adherence to the disinfection, sanitizing and social distancing norms. “added Mbabula.

The visit which took place on May 14th at the Rea Vaya bus station at Thokoza Park, Soweto, comes as President Cyril Ramaphosa pronounced a gradual opening of the economy. After the visit to the Thokoza park station, the minister then proceeded to inspect bus services in Orlando, Soweto, where he told members of the media that traffic officers and Metro police must conduct themselves in a manner that respects the rights of the people, when enforcing the law. The sanitation booth is equipped with a body temperature scanner, which calibrates a commuter’s body temperature as they walk through. It also sprays the vapor that is capable of sanitizing the entire body. Amongst the delegates, Minister Mbalula was accompanied by Gauteng member of the executive council for public transport and roads infrastructure, Jacob Mamabolo, as well as the executive mayor of the city of Johannesburg, Councilor Geoff Makhubo.

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