Staying safe in public transport

How to protect yourself when you’re on the move.

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Whether it is after robots or Sho’t Left, using taxis can help a lot when you want to be cost effective. However, as women using taxis we face some tricky safety issues - in the streets, the taxi ranks and even in the taxis themselves.

We often hear scary stories in the news about the harassment and violence women deal with when using taxis. In fact, a lot of us aren’t strangers to uncomfortable or frightening experiences while on the move. Sometimes someone might try to grope you and at other times a stranger may be following you on your way to catching a taxi. You might even find yourself in situations where someone in the taxi is making you uncomfortable. Whatever the situation is, all you want to do is is to arrive at your destination, safe and sound. Here’s how you can do that.

1. Be a tech savvy traveller

First, remember that technology is your friend. You can use Whatsapp to start a safety group where you and your emergency numbers can keep in contact. Also, Whatsapp has a feature which allows you to send your live location to group chats and individuals so you can do that just before you climb inside the vehicle.

2. Don’t sit inside a taxi alone

Whenever possible, never go inside a taxi that’s empty or stay inside a taxi that is empty while waiting for it to get full. Being in a taxi alone can put you in a vulnerable position. If you find you find that you are forced to be alone, use your emergency numbers and the live location features on whatsapp mentioned above.

3. Say something

Lastly, don’t be afraid to use your voice if you feel safe to do so. Like you, many others are aware of how unsafe the streets can be, so if you’re feeling threatened call out to a security guard nearby or alert a group of passengers if someone is harassing you. If a stranger realises that others are aware of his/her behaviour, they are less likely to harm you and others around you will be able to help. If you don’t feel safe to use your voice then try to move to a different part of the taxi

Share this article with you friends and loved ones so you can all be in the know and work together to stay safe!

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Hi thando where is your school

Aug. 11, 2022, 5:37 p.m.


Hi my name is Onele thanks for the tip I'm 10yrs old 🤗😢🤑

Aug. 11, 2022, 5:35 p.m.


I'm new and I am Luazy

Aug. 9, 2022, 12:47 p.m.


Hi my name is Thando l am also 11yrs l hope you will chart with me 🌺🌺🙏.

July 27, 2022, 4:33 p.m.

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Hi thando


Hey love welcome

hy my name is amanda am from Soweto and am 13yrs I really think that's nice advices you gave because my mom often sends me to the mall so now I know what to do

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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I'm also 13 and springster is the best app to give advices💖


Hi My name is Patience am from Limpopo and am 12yrs l really think that's nice

Hy my name is Nobuhle and I am 11 years old and my mother sends me to mall and I am from Cape town she says that I have to go for myself and what would do when they say she is dead😢😢

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Hi Springster, thank you for reading the article on staying safe in public transport because it's really important to be careful whenever we use taxis, buses or any public transport. We hope the tips will help you keep safe and alert in public. Sometimes it can be very scary to travel alone but it's normal to feel that way. It's very important that you talk to a trusted adult about what is going on and how you are feeling so that you can get someone to travel with you when you need to go somewhere and you are feeling scared.

I'm also 11

We need disability transport public transport is not good for us and taxi drivers they can't be patients to us

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

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Hey Motlhankane, thank you so much for bringing up this important issue. We think you're definitely right about this. Have you also considered taking a bus like the Rea Vaya or MetroBus. They accommodate people with disabilities and discounted fees. Never hesitate to bring up this issue whenever you feel safe and comfortable to do so. More awareness needs to be raised about this issue.

Yeah dat's good point