The Alliance for Transformation for All (ATA) holds its 2019 national election rally on Sunday April 28 at Kandahar Sports Field in Ladysmith, KwaZulu-Natal.
ATA, led by President Ntsikelelo Gaehler is a newly established political party and brain child of the taxi industry.
According to ATA’s provincial executive council member Mncedisi Mbuyisa, the political party was formed in July 2018 in order to give a voice to the needs and interests of the taxi industry which, he says, are often overlooked in governance issues.
Mbuyisa says it is important to have the taxi industry, which consists of taxi owners, employees, taxi rank vendors and hawkers, and security marshals represented in parliament and also to advance peace and economic growth in this vibrant transport sector.
“We want to be the voice that advocates for peace and also uplifts communities in all areas of our lives”, Mbuyisa says.
Mbuyisa is confident about what ATA can deliver saying, “ATA has a proven track record in people development. This is reflected by the fact that the taxi industry was established independently from nothing by ourselves and has continuously created jobs for our people.”
ATA Organizer Nombuso Zikalala says people from all walks of life are invited and encouraged to participate in the party’s activities including the national rally as the party is not exclusive to taxi industry players.
“Everybody is represented in ATA; the elderly, the disabled, women, youth, and widows to name a few as we are dedicated to addressing and accommodating the diverse needs of our communities.” – Nqubeko FM, Ladysmith (edited by Siya Motha and Philile Masango)