South African start up business launching potential life saving initiative
COVID-19 compliant features will be fitted to more than 500 taxis at the Bara Taxi Rank this weekend which will be done as part of the Adopt-a-Safe-Passage to Work/School campaign initiated by SDI and its partners. The aim of the campaign is to put in place stringent and practical measures to decrease the risk of COVID-19 infections in taxis by up to 80%.
In line with the international emphasis on protecting commuters when they are at their most vulnerable, Supplier Development Initiatives (SDI), a platform made up of multiple micro-suppliers, which was re-purposed to function as a non-profit, emergency relief programme during this national crisis is throwing its weight behind the sanitisation of taxis.
5 000 school taxis and 1 000 commuter taxis will be fitted out by SDI over the next couple of weeks, but there’s an urgent need to transform the entire industry nationwide, and to ensure the ongoing safety of every passenger.
“The taxi industry is the connecting force for a huge part of our population, and we are compelled to ensure that these commuters are as protected and secure as possible.
SDI Force collaborated with leading authorities in public health, communicable disease specialists, risk compliance experts, occupational health practitioners and even production engineers who assisted us with the taxi modification equipment,” he said says Brad Fisher, SDI Force co founder.
According to Fisher, there are two objectives: the first to help mitigate the effects of the virus, and the second to ensure job security for this “incredibly” hard working group of suppliers,