The Soshanguve Taxi Owners Association (SOTOA) has opened a filling station to meet the fuel demands of its members.
The move follows an outcry raised by commuters and taxi operators over high fuel costs.
Using the filling station will help taxi operators save money due to rising fuel prices, which affect them financially.
- Drivers of taxis can benefit from SOTOA filling stations
- It was officially opened in 2018
- Each taxi owner and operator has a token they load before filling up
- The idea of building a filling station was initially presented Mckeed Mogale
Currently, the filling station is located next to NAFCOC shopping area after Soshanguve block F WEST industrial . This is the first of its kind in the Soshanguve taxi industry, and operators are thrilled.
The successful partnership was forged by the Soshanguve Taxi Owners Association and an unknown company which remains discreet.
In contrast to ordinary fueling stations, this initiative does not serve the general public, but rather serves only operators affiliated with SOTOA. Each taxi owner and operator has a token they load before filling up with petrol.
This filling station aims to reward its customers when they purchase petrol expecially taxi drivers.
The idea of building a filling station was initially presented Mckeed Mogale, chairman of the association.
However, it was later discussed and finalised by the executive as a whole, according to the disciplinary chairperson of the association Washington Fadana.
It was officially opened in 2018 and since then local taxi operators in Soshanguve have been able to access petrol and diesel.
Despite the fact that we built this filling station, we don’t restrict drivers from heading to other filling stations. “However, this one was mostly for taxis”, said Fadana.
Mogale Said that the fuel storage facility is a pilot project. They aimed to have many more projects in the near future, so the association could do everything for themselves.
In addition, he said most of their taxi members are not entitled to benefits from other popular filling stations.
In the past, taxi operators were promised 1 litre of fuel if they bought a certain amount of fuel, but it never happened. However, this didn’t happen, and we decided to pursue the chairman of the association ‘s idea and build our own.
For every litre of fuel purchased, a customer receives an R1 point which can be redeemed after 3 months. Customer withdrawals are determined by the amount of fuel they purchase after the waiting period.