The Sandton transport node has been sanitised with a potent disinfectant as Joburg edges closer to lockdown level 3, which comes with fewer restrictions on public movement.
The public transport corridor accommodates the Gautrain, Gautrain buses and minibus taxis in one of Joburg’s busiest nodes of traffic and urban activity.
It has been decontaminated of any pathogenic bacteria with a broad-spectrum chemical, which contains 99.9 percent alcohol content.
The sanitisation programme is undertaken by Sandton’s Supplier Development Initiative in collaboration with the City’s Health and Transport departments as well as the provincial Health and Roads departments.
Eunice Mgcina, the MMC for Health and Social Development and Margaret Arnolds, her counterpart in Community Development have been presented with a certificate proving that the transport interchange has been disinfected and was safe for public use.
Both MMC’s visited the node in Sandton to witness a mass sanitisation of the facility as part of measures to protect commuters from the Covid-19 pandemic. The sanitisation programme forms part of a broader Sandton stakeholder initiative, which has also painted queuing areas to assist commuters to observe social distancing.
“Social distancing measures are in place here at the Sandton taxi rank. It is now up to commuters to adhere and abide by Covid-19 regulations,” says MMC Arnolds.
Mgcina and Arnolds applaud the initiative for being a great example of the public and private partnerships needed in the fight against the spread of Covid-19.
“One virus, one team. That’s the approach we are taking. We will continue to work with all business stakeholders as we intensify screening and testing in all hotspots in the City’s regions,” says MMC Mgcina.
Brad Fisher, co-founder of the Sandton SDI says sanitising public transport nodes is part of its collaborative efforts with the taxi industry and health officials to protect drivers and commuters from the novel coronavirus.
“This virus does not know one person from the other. It doesn’t discriminate. That is why we’ve got to work together on this,” says Fisher.
MMC Mgcina has since donated sanitizers for use at the Taxi Rank and has encouraged the decontamination of the Pan African Taxi Rank in Alexandra.
“Ours is to ensure that all spaces are clean and ready to be used by Joburgers. We encourage all [commuters] to get themselves screened and tested,” Mgcina adds.