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Mateye Makola is Gauteng's best taxi driver.

The 30-year-old Pretoria driver was named as the regional winner of Brandhouse Number One Taxi Driver yesterday at a prestigious ceremony in Sandton yesterday.

Makola will now represent Gauteng at the national finals to be held Limpopo next month.

"I was not expecting this at all," said the modest Makola. "The competition was very tough, especially the theory test. I am not good with writing but I am excellent with practical work. I think I gained more points in the advanced driving test conducted by Toyota," he said.

Makola was one of the 150 000 taxi drivers in Gauteng who took part in the Number One Taxi Driver campaign, which was initially held in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Western Cape. Other provinces have since held similar contests.

The aim of the competition is to create responsible role models in the taxi industry .

Brandhouse spokesman Priscilla Singh said they are proud to have found a driver of the calibre of Makola. "Through his driving ability he has proven that he has what it takes to represent his province. We wish him all the best," she said.

The competition attracted more than 450 000 entries from 451 taxi ranks across the country this year.

Each province had to narrow down the number of participants to 10 and then select the best driver to compete in the finals.

The national winner will walk away with a Toyota Quantum while regional winners will pocket R5 000 each.

Gauteng MEC for community safety Firoz Cachalia congratulated Makola and encouraged drivers to take advantage of opportunities like this.


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