On the 21st of September 2017, Siyabuselela Learner Transport Association of Cosmo City as well as Lanseria Learner Transport Association held a meeting at the Cosmo Junction Amphitheatre. The meeting was held to urge school children transport drivers to register with their respective associations and for parents to make sure that their children’s transport is registered.
Siyabuselela Learner Transport Association was formed in 2010, they are fully registered with the Gauteng transport services known as GETS, and they are also registered with the department of transport. They cover Cosmo City and its surrounding areas such as Randburg; Cresta; Lanseria; Muldersdrift; Boskop; Nooitgedacht; fourways and Sharonlea.
‘’ When a driver wants to register with Siyabuselela and Lenseria Learner Transport Association, they have to pay a fee of R5000, which is non-refundable should the driver decide they no longer want to be part of the association.’’ Said Bongani Msibi, Chairperson of Siyabuselela Learner Transport Association.
Children’s transport for a long time took no responsibility when it came to the safe arrival of children at home. Drivers had the freedom to leave children at school if they were not at the meeting area, the registration of drivers with the association changes this. Drivers are now required to wait for a period of time for the children, and parents are urged to make arrangements with the driver should the child’s schedule change.
‘’ As Siyabuselela we have a contract that we sign with the parents and one of the clauses included is when the children part take in sports at school or when children have gone on a school trip and return late, now in those cases we encourage communication between the parent and the driver so as to ensure the safety of the child.’’ He explained
The Association has put rules in place to ensure the safety of the children and although there is not a separation of children according to age, they have rules that ensure that the driver does not break the law of the country by driving drunk or do anything to put the association’s reputation into jeopardy.
‘’ Before we take a driver as a member, they have to sign a code of conduct. If they do not follow that code of conduct, they are then sent for a disciplinary hearing with the disciplinary committee within the association.’’ He continued
Transport and safety are the two most important things to any parent whose child uses scholar transport. That is why people who deliver children to and from school are encouraged to register with the association. So that they can be protected and children kept safe.