By Andy on Sunday 1 November 2009, 13:46 - Permalink
I have blogged about Mzoli's Meat before. We went there yesterday for a birthday celebration for Lerato, and this time I made an effort to photo the ubiquitous Gugulethu taxis. In the township proper, it seems that every other car is an aging Toyota Cressida - recognisable by the square rear lights and the grille badge in front.
Invariably the Cressida is being used as a taxi - its grille badge is synonymous with the yellow taxi top light of conventional taxis. Some are in a poor state of repair, probably because of years of continual use in the townships, but most are well looked after as the owners breadwinner.
There is no taxi licensing that I can see. Taxis in Cape Town proper have recently gone through a 'recapitalisation' scheme - an exercise to take the (registered) toyota minibus taxis off the road, and replace them with larger, safer taxis.
Last week I was also in Gugs, with Trevor Wells, at a tribute concert for Winston Ngozi Mankunku, a well-known struggle-era Jazz musician.