Taxi chronicles: Sitting on the front seat means you count the change

A mini bus is known as a “iTaxi or a Taxi” in Mzansi, this is a mode of transport used by the better half of the mass market. As a passenger you ought to be strategic in terms of where you sit in the taxi, sitting next to the door assumes that you will open the door as and when people get on and off the taxi. Taxi mathematics is a game played in the front seat, bearing in mind that the taxi driver can not drive and still hand money unless they are skilled drivers. Therefore, one has to be skilled in counting money or counting in general. Angering the driver by giving him a total that does not match to the number of people in the taxi has repercussions: the drive has the prerogative to drop the entire taxi passengers of at any highway should a deficit be found and you will de found wanting.

When taking a taxi in Soweto and you decide to take the front seat, you need to be sharp  for the sole reason that almost every drop off has a different price and it is not a blanket approach when it comes to the taxi fare. Now, in the morning wherever you find you yourself, should you decide to take a taxi it is an unspoken rule by regulars that one should not get onboard with a solid one hundred rand or a solid fifty rand note. The reason for this is because searching for change in the morning is a Laborious task.

Only in Mzansi will you find the people use measures (known by them only) to mitigate drama in mass spaces

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Khanya Mali is a marketing and brand communications enthusiast with a penchant for building brands on both client and advertising agencies and a “creative” in his own right. “Insights are the bark to every wondering creative work”