DSI program promotes youth economic emancipation, ensuring sustainable future in minibus taxi industry.

Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) program promotes youth economic emancipation, ensuring sustainable future in minibus taxi industry. Busisiwe Ndabana, a young innovator, has developed a transport intelligence system called Street Governor for the taxi industry. The system ensures real-time regulatory compliance, increasing transparency, trust, and profitability in the minibus taxi industry. Smartvein, founded by Busisiwe Ndabana, is a beneficiary of the Grassroots Innovation Programme, which aims to support the commercialisation of technology-enabled solutions to real-world problems affecting ordinary citizens. The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) is collaborating with Smartvein to achieve this goal, with all Santaco-affiliated transport formations included. The system aims to stabilize the minibus taxi industry by identifying habitual route violators and wanted criminals, and close the trust gap between the taxi industry and authorities. Ndabana has received a patent and three trademarks from the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, but considers the adoption of Street Governor by Santaco to be her greatest success.

Journalist: Thulani Sigonya
Email: e.sigonya@gmail.com

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