17 August 2021 | Business
Janie Coetzee; Baywash; “We decided to do something for the community…”
The Baywash Group embarked on an exercise to disinfect local and long-distance taxis as part of its social responsibility.
The group started with the initiative on Friday morning and successfully disinfected 52 taxis by Friday afternoon.
Janie Coetzee, Baywash Cleaning national pest control manager, said that this is the company’s way of giving back to the community.
“It’s a campaign we are running to create awareness about Covid-19. We disinfect the inside of buses, all surfaces and all high-touch areas such as door handles regularly. We use a product approved by the SABS.”
According to Coetzee, the campaign is all about involving people.
“We should not always wait on government or the municipality to do something. We are a private company who decided to do something for the community. What better way than to tell our public transport drivers to ensure their passenger travel safely?”
Coetzee jokingly said that the taxi drivers thought they were ‘men from the moon’ due to the protective suits upon their arrival.
“As the day progressed, and with the added cold water and ‘worsbroodjie’ each one received, more drivers came forward. Aside from rendering the service of disinfecting their taxis, we also educated them on why we were there and about the virus.”
This is the second campaign the group hosted; the first took place in Windhoek where over 200 taxis were disinfected.
“We decided to do the same for Walvis Bay, particularly on a Friday before the buses travelled to the central and northern regions. We all know that we can’t get Covid-19 totally under control, but we can at least give people some peace of mind.”
He said that the plan is to do a similar exercise again in Walvis Bay.
“Be safe. Everyone knows the regulations and if you start by taking care of yourself, then you have already made an impact.”
Baywash also provides disinfection services at cheaper rates for vulnerable members of the community.
“There are truly people who are really suffering. There have been quite a number of times, where people living in shacks had to deal with Covid, and we disinfected their homes for free in exchange for spreading the word about what we do.”
The general sentiment of the taxi drivers was that they are happy their taxis have been disinfected.