Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says social distance in all public transport will be maintained as the new normal while briefing the media in the City of Johannesburg upon inspecting the adherence of regulations by the Rea Vaya buses.
“Adherence and compliance to stringent safety measures inclusive of effective execution of social distancing, wearing of masks and disinfection of buses and stations is critical. We are with the Rea Vaya today,” he said.
Mbalula adds that scanners that give full body sanitization and also scans temperature will be established in the City of Johannesburg which is also an epicenter of coronavirus.
“For the City of Johannesburg, adherence to regulations will include scanners that will not only give a full body sanitization but also temperature scan,” he said.
Transport Minister also says Rea Vaya is one of the largest public transport in the City of Johannesburg and reiterates that in order to ensure social distance buses will be allowed to carry 70% capacity.
“A bus itself must have a 70% capacity of people inside. Whether you’re standing or sitting, there must be 70% of people to ensure social distance,” he said.
Mbalula notes that he is happy with the scanners that sanitize and check the temperature, although there is need for more to be done to adhere to regulations in the City of Johannesburg.