fbpx

Back to school for some, but what about the amaKhumbi driver?

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email

After ten weeks of staying at home to halt the spread of Covid-19, many Grade 7 and 12 learners will be relying on dedicated transport services for safe commute to and from school.

But with the staggered approach to reopening schools, how sustainable will business be for the local private taxi or 14-seater driver, who may be carrying just a fraction of their normal load?


If you’ve ever been on a South African taxi, you might be familiar with the expression ‘4-4, masihlalisane!’, or its companion, ‘Ha e tle ka di-seat!’ These are the taxi industry’s staples, and they translate to ‘4 per seat, let’s sit together’ and ‘(please combine the money and) send it seat by seat’ – which sums up why public transport works.

A single trip is more affordable for the commuter, and profitable for the service provider, if the costs are shared by several commuters at once. Across South Africa’s rural communities, townships and cities, many parents depend on transport service providers to ensure their children are taken to school and back safely.

School transport is usually a booming business, but the travel restrictions of lockdown have led to a serious loss of income for the transportation industry at large. This includes the men and women who make their living by collecting learners everyday nga ma Khumbi (14-seaters) or trusty old cars that are always on time.


Can they even get back on the road with half or a quarter of their usual passengers?

These drivers depend on the money for petrol they receive to provide their service. While they’ll have been relieved to hear about schools reopening, will they still be able to operate if only some children in some areas will be needing them?

Is it going to be sustainable for them to get back on the road with possibly half or even a quarter of the passengers they usually carry? It might be challenging to get it right, but not impossible. Opportunities tend to come to those who are prepared to adapt with the times.

If you’re a school transport service provider

You might want to find ways to collaborate with other drivers in your neighbourhood. See if you can rearrange your passengers by proximity to each other, or by relative distances to school. This could help keep your routes profitable while maintaining affordable rates for parents and ensuring safety for learners. And those parents who can’t pay right now because of a loss of income on their side? What if you ‘got together’ with them and thought out of the box? Now is a time to share more than just money …

The old-fashioned bartering system might be a good idea. Try swopping a service for a service. Or a service for an essential product. Whether you own a mini-fleet of school buses in the city or drive iKhumbi ekasi, another silver lining could be the lower petrol prices we’re seeing.

If petrol costs you less, there should be little stopping you from filling up and getting back to business  with some much-needed change in your pocket at the end of the day.


0

Related content

2 July 2020
Using the ‘Envelope System’ to stick to your lockdown budget
2 July 2020
Get your hands dirty: Three steps to growing your own food
1 July 2020
Back to school for some, but what about the amaKhumbi driver?
23 June 2020
What Covid-19 teaches us about fighting online fraud
22 June 2020
SA has enough food, but what about the most vulnerable?
17 June 2020
Rebounding after lockdown: Which sectors are in a strong position to thrive?
16 June 2020
Youth Day 2020: SA pop culture outplays pandemic
15 June 2020
Is lockdown a good time to take on debt for personal goals?
11 June 2020
Remote work is working for some businesses: What does it mean for them post-lockdown?
5 June 2020
Will shopping malls survive the extended lockdown?
5 June 2020
If lending is the only way to stay afloat, what’s the best loan for you?
27 May 2020
Crowdfunding with a local-is-lekker-flavour
27 May 2020
Matric in the Year of Coronavirus
26 May 2020
Five ways to use your time at home constructively during lockdown
26 May 2020
How are universities coping with Covid-19?
25 May 2020
Can coronavirus be transferred via cellphones
25 May 2020
Six steps to better stock control and improve cash flow
25 May 2020
Five ways customer service is going to change
25 May 2020
Improve your productivity while working from home
24 May 2020
Level 3 for most of Joburg, but still restricted
24 May 2020
Alert Level 3: Joburg starts opening up for business!
21 May 2020
Six ways to help staff you’ve had to let go
21 May 2020
Imports and exports – Playing the long-game during Covid-19
20 May 2020
Covid-19 is bringing out the kindness of people
20 May 2020
The impact of COVID-19 on travel and tourism
20 May 2020
What is the future of work after Covid-19?
19 May 2020
Has Covid-19 put the brakes on climate change?
19 May 2020
What are the chances of civil unrest during lockdown?
19 May 2020
Now is the time to stay strong and focused
15 May 2020
How is Covid-19 affecting sport and the future thereof?
15 May 2020
How to negotiate better deals in seven easy steps
15 May 2020
Can Covid-19 be transferred through bank cards?
14 May 2020
How to manage your credit card debt in the Covid-19 crisis
14 May 2020
Saving for your kids’ education in challenging times
14 May 2020
Will I still be able to get credit during the lockdown?
13 May 2020
Use interest rate cuts to pay off debt and save money
13 May 2020
Is now a good time to invest?
13 May 2020
How to get the same for less – Making sacrifices while maintaining your lifestyle
13 May 2020
Don’t wait any longer to cut non-essentials
13 May 2020
Should I cut my insurance to save money?
13 May 2020
I am worried about my debt during Covid-19. What should I do?
13 May 2020
Three steps to avoiding a cash crunch (and debt)
13 May 2020
Use lockdown as an opportunity to switch from a spendthrift to budget-wise mindset
7 May 2020
What to do if the police stop you during lockdown?
7 May 2020
What to expect when getting tested for the virus
7 May 2020
Grow professionally by completing an online course during lockdown
6 May 2020
You, your children and lockdown – navigating co-parenting
6 May 2020
Fake news – the secondary Corona pandemic
6 May 2020
What does the weakened rand mean for our country during Covid-19 and beyond?
1 May 2020
Five steps to achieve your career goals
28 April 2020
How has Covid-19 changed our future?
28 April 2020
Stay business-fit to survive Covid-19
28 April 2020
Five things you can do to prepare financially for post-pandemic
28 April 2020
Busi Radebe – Life going on after strict lockdown measures
28 April 2020
Busi Radebe – President Ramaphosa’s R500 billion bailout for businesses: Where does the money come from?
28 April 2020
How do I balance work and having the kids at home?
28 April 2020
How do you survive lockdown when you live alone?
23 April 2020
Alert Level 4: Surviving Lockdown 2.0
22 April 2020
How to deal with financial stress and uncertainty during the lockdown period
22 April 2020
Spaza shop owners and general dealers thrown a lifeline during Covid-19
21 April 2020
Should I withdraw my savings and investments now?
21 April 2020
Practical steps to keep your business going during Covid-19
21 April 2020
Five tips to reduce the impact of Covid-19 on your business
21 April 2020
How to manage temporary pay cuts
20 April 2020
Get the most from these online trading tools
17 April 2020
How has Covid-19 affected bond rates and repayments?
17 April 2020
How to negotiate payment deferrals with suppliers and creditors
17 April 2020
Your go-to guide on government’s Covid-19 support measures for SMEs
16 April 2020
How to help your staff access UIF support
15 April 2020
SA credit downgraded to junk – what does it mean?
12 April 2020
How can I make my money go further?
12 April 2020
#LockdownSA Guide: How to register your business as an essential service
12 April 2020
Four ways to reduce the impact of Covid-19 on your business.
11 April 2020
What are the effects of the Coronavirus on the stock market?

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.