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5 travelling tips for New Years

New Years travelling tips in Cape Town 2015

If you’ve lived in summery Cape Town long enough, you will know that when it comes to New Years eve and New Years day, getting around the city requires a methodical approach. Here are 5 Cape Town New Years traveling tips taken from 10 veteran taxi drivers to help you safely navigate around without needing a town planning degree.

Tip 1

The name given to the inner city, The City Bowl is no coincidence. You need to treat it like a bowl on NY and drive around it, not through it. We guarantee you a more efficient traveling experience.

When traveling into the city from Southern Suburbs use

  • De Waal Drive

When traveling to Clifton or Camps Bay use

  • Kloof Nek road

When traveling into the city from Southern Suburbs use

  • Nelson Mandela BLVD

Navigating through the city use

  • Camp Street
  • Russel Street
  • Buitenkant Street
  • Roeland Street
  • Hertzorg Street
  • Walter Sisulu Av

Tip 2

When traveling into the city or the Atlantic Seaboard, it’s a good idea to consider a combination of public transport options. Using these additional modes of transport can add to a unique experience. Below are route time tables for alternative transport options.

Tip 3

We are huge advocates of responsible driving. Every New Years we witness 100’s of drivers arrested on DUI charges. Be smart and call a cab if you drinking tonight. It is the responsible thing to do.

Tip 4

Travel with known taxi companies – its always wise to research taxi companies and their reputations. Cape Town has been filled with illegal taxi operators over the last 3 years, crime statistics show an alarming spike in attacks in pirate taxis, often the case where customers are taken advantage of when intoxicated. We encourage vigilance; look for the branded cabs and only use taxi services, which have long standing reputations.

Tip 5

Find alternative available parking options on the out skirts of the city and consider walking to your destination to avoid sitting in hours of traffic which shouldn’t take longer than 15min walk.

Follow these tips and you could save yourself allot of time and stress this NY.

We at the Baker Group wish you a safe and enjoyable New Years.

PLEASE NOTE DUE TO HIGH DEMAND ON NEW YEARS EVE NO ONLINE BOOKINGS WILL BE ACCEPTED PLEASE CALL 021 447 4444 TO REQUEST A RIDE

Cape Town travel tips on how to travel on New Years

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sportshuttle invests in taxi Industry

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sportshuttle and TETA invest in the S.A Taxi Industry

“It all starts with our culture and values; drivers are the face and heart of our Taxi business and it is imperative we invest in their futures” say’s MD of sportshuttle, Ayub Baker. The family owned business mimic’s that of their own family. “We want to build a business which models the culture and values that of our own family” says Baker. In the next 3 months, sportshuttle will be offering 30 Individuals, with the support of TETA (Transport Education Training Authority), one year full time driving contracts. The drivers who successfully complete their 10 module TETA Training courses, and who receive their National Diploma in advanced driving, will be considered as full time employees instead of independent contractors.

Training with sportshuttle

The training is designed to cover a range of competences which assists the individuals with complex social skills, and in turn contributes to their communities, their families and their society. The training programme was initiated to add value to transformation in an industry where fundamental education is required. The aim, is to enhance the drivers skills so that they become employable long term. These skills will further support career growth whilst developing their proficiencies to confidently manage personal distresses.

The 30 selected candidates were evaluated on a number of principles, including past driving experience, driving records, communication skills and their attitudes toward learning. This ensured that only the best and most willing candidates would be awarded this opportunity.

Research suggests that the taxi industry today employs many individuals affected by unemployment and poverty. In the 1980s, the metre taxi industry boomed thanks to the sea trade and foreign nationals visiting Cape Town’s ports; drivers found opportunity hustling and knowing their way around the city. Twenty years later, TETA was established to support this growing industry offering access to training resources.

Drivers can access these resources by association or when applying for employment with a company which is recognized by TETA. Being associated with this training academy makes sportshuttle a leading local taxi company who is not only striving for a better South Africa but which responsibly supports transformation in South Africa.

If you want to become a driver for sportshuttle, contact faizel.naidoo@sportshuttle.co.za.

Cape Town community of Masiphumelele

Help by donating to the Cape Town community of Masiphumelele

This past weekend, 4,000 people were left homeless after a fire ripped through the township of Masiphumelele in Kommetjie. sportshuttle wants you to help by donating basic items. If you do, you stand a chance to win a weekend away in Hermanus. You now have absolutely no reason to not get involved!

From now until Sunday, sportshuttle will transport all your donations of food, clothes,
blankets and water to Masiphumelele for free! Anyone who wants to donate can simply call sportshuttle, and a cab will collect the goodies and take it to the community hall. This will be done before 2pm every day.

The community is in need of all basic household items ­ food, water, clothing, blankets, kitchenware, toiletries etc. They have absolutely nothing, so anything you can provide will be hugely appreciated.

Not only will you be helping people in desperate need but if you do donate (no matter how small) through sportshuttle you will stand a chance to win an amazing prize to the value of R5000.

The prize is;

A two ­day chauffeur­ driven trip for two by Sport 24 Hour Taxis around the Overberg, with all the trimmings;

• Lunch at Gabrielskloof Wine Estate in Chef Frans Groenewald’s Restaurant

• Overnight stay at The Cape Whale Coast Hotel in Hermanus

• A cellar tour, tasting and a case of Sumaridge wine at Sumaridge Wine Estate

• And a couples massage at The Gingko Spa at The Arniston Hotel

Competition Rules

• Entrants need to VISIT The sportshuttle Facebook Page and post the words: #IwillDonate
• Then they need to CALL Sport Taxis and tell them what they want to donate (not MONEY must be clothes, blankets, food, non ­perishables).
• Sport Taxis will then send a DRIVER out to the home of every DONOR and pick up the goods where all the goodies will be transported DAILY to Masiphumelele.

 

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