#KhombiSA Germany on the move in Mamelodi
24 October 2016
On Saturday, the Mamelodi Amalgamated Taxi Association (MATA) welcomed Ambassador Walter Lindner and awarded him a license to drive #KhombiSAGermany in Mamelodi for the day.
The Ambassador transported local commuters from Denneboom taxi rank to various areas in Mamelodi. Commuters were delighted to be driven by the Ambassador and were so happy to have the chance to have a conversation with the Ambassador, whilst enjoying the ride to their destination.
“It is important to connect with local communities and see how they experience day to day life. I’m very happy to be able to be part of the community in Mamelodi,” said the Ambassador on Saturday.
As a former taxi driver himself, the Ambassador discussed working conditions with local taxi drivers. “Working conditions in the local taxi industry are really tough, but it’s important to know that taxi drivers are making a valuable impact on the local transport economy,” said Ambassador Linder during the discussions.
#KhombiSAGermany drew attention across the streets of Mamelodi with its distinctly German colours. The bus features a modern-style interior to allow for open discussion with South Africans wherever it drives. KhombiSA is branded in German national colours and the retro design of the 1970s.
The German Embassy Pretoria has rebuilt a VW Kombi 1971 model to showcase German culture, language and lifestyle in South Africa. The name chosen for the bus is #KhombiSAGermany, which is a word play with the isiZulu expression “Khombisa” (to show) and the English nickname “Kombi” for the VW bus in South Africa.
Embassy of Germany in Pretoria, South Africa