Northern Sotho: Theme 5 - Banks, Taxis, and Restaurants

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Taxi hand signals
72 percent of the urban workforce in South Africa uses mini-buses (informal public taxis) as mode of transport. When travelling with these taxis one should observe the proper hand signals, otherwise you may end up at the wrong destination. Standing in the direction of travel and pointing the pointing finger downwards, indicates that you want to travel to a local destination (somewhere in the near vicinity). When pointing the same finger upwards indicates that one wants to go to a destination which is outside the local borders. A taxi may beep once or twice when nearing you. This either means that the taxi driver wants to know whether you need a taxi, or if the driver passes you, it may mean that the taxi is full.