MDANTSANE-born Ntuthuzelo Eugene Mfaka better known as “Ntuza” launched his taxi cab phone application on Friday.
Ntuza cab application took more than a year to launch with Eugene’s Executive Shuttles CEO saying: “Ntuza has arrived”.
Ntuza Cab app is the first 100% black-owned digital taxi cab app to be launched in South Africa. Mtaka who is a civil engineer by profession and a former project manager at Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC), said he had no idea what he would do with his life when he left his job. To make matters worse, his wife was unemployed at the time and he had his children to put through school, but he had the dream and vision of a shuttle service.
“Ntuza cab/shuttle services are different from the rest. When I started this business, I knew exactly what my vision was and everything else was driven by faith – and I also had the support of my wife.
“I traded in my bakkie for a Mercedes-Benz, which I started with and by the end of that year I already had five of these vehicles from Ronnies,” Ntuza said.
The app will not only help get customers from pillar to post but it will also provide a panic button to alert ambulance and police services should someone need these service. Alderson Ambulances together with SAPS East London, have endorsed this application and are in full support of Ntuza shuttle services.
“We as SAPS in East London say this application is a brilliant idea. We urge the community to make use of this service. I am sure this will assist in curbing robberies and human trafficking around East London and surrounds.
“This app will reduce crime because passengers will know who is collecting them and what the vehicle’s registration is,” Lieutenant Colonel Jongisizwe Manyisani said at the launch.
The app also allows customers to choose the vehicle of their choice and gives them the price for the trip before the driver collects them.
Messages of support for Ntuza have come in thick and fast, among them were East London car dealerships Ronnies Motors Group, Honda and Suzuki.