Safe Ride Radio Drama

Safe coverIt’s always busy at the Ulwazi taxi rank – every day thousands of people pass through this busy hub, catching a taxi to go to work and school, to go shopping or visit family, and then home again. Here you will meet a colourful cast of characters. There’s Bra Dzunani, the queue marshal who keeps everything in order, Mamikie the food seller, who dishes out sound advice along with her meals, and school friends Kane and Kgaogelo. But you’ll also meet some characters who threaten everyone’s ability to have a Safe Ride! Thapelo the taxi driver who constantly harasses the women and girls who pass his way. And on one dangerous ride, Kane confronts a driver who will not take no for an answer. What will happen at Ulwazi taxi rank? And how can we all be part of putting the brakes on gender-based violence? Tune in to the Safe Ride! radio dramas.

Produced for sonke Gender Justice by CMFD productions as part of the Community Media fund. The drama is available in 4 langauges English, IsiZulu, Sesotho and  IsiXhosa.



According to research conducted by Sonke Gender Justice, women are at greater risk of violence, sexual harassment, and sexual assault on public transport. This makes safety a major concern for the countless women and girls who use South Africa’s taxi network every day. This 5-episode series of short radio dramas was produced to encourage conversation and debate around sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the taxi industry, raise awareness of women’s rights, inform people about where to access services, and also prompt dialogue on how we can all be part of solutions and responses to make public transport safer for everyone.

Contents of the radio package

This guide is to help you, the presenter or facilitator, with additional information and ideas about presenting the Safe Ride! radio dramas on your radio station, in a community discussion, or at universities and schools. In this package you will find:

CDs with:

  • standalone mini-dramas – can be played in any order!
  • original theme music

This printed guide with:

  • episode summaries – outlining the story of each of the radio dramas
  • discussion questions for presenters and discussion facilitators
  • background information about sexual violence in taxis
  • contacts for more information

Aims and Objectives of the drama:

  • Provide a tool for community radios to launch discussions on gender-based violence when using public transport.
  • Spark dialogue among communities on how this issue impacts people’s safety and security using this essential transport service…
  • Raise awareness among taxi drivers‚ marshals and commuters about the violence and harassment women face when they use this form of public transport.
  • Highlight the physical and emotional trauma experienced by victims of sexual assault
  • Challenge stereotypes and misconceptions about sexual assault, both related to women and men.
  • Spark broad conversations and discussions about sexual violence in communities, such as its causes and consequences, how to prevent it, the role of key government departments, etc.

Episodes Summaries:

Each of the dramas is stand alone, and can be played in any order.

1. What Have I Done?
Thapelo and Congo are harassing the women and girls passing through the taxi rank. They think it’s funny, but none Safe Ride smallof the women do. Thapelo learns a lesson when he unknowingly insults Mamfundisi, his mother’s friend, who promises to report him to both his mother and the taxi association.

2. I Said Stop!
Kane is the last person in the taxi, when an unscrupulous driver attempts to assault her, she narrowly escapes. Supported by Kgaogelo, Kane seeks care for her injuries, reports the assault to police, and later also reports to the taxi association, where queue marshall Bra Dzunani steps in, assuring the pair that the culprit will be caught.

3. See Something, Say Something
When an annoying passenger won’t take no for an answer, Kgaogelo finds herself in an uncomfortable situation. But Frank the driver is having none of it and steps in, promising all of his passengers that on his taxi, they will have a Safe Ride!

4. It’s Not Funny
When a driver and a passenger join forces to harass front seat passenger Sheila, with the driver repeatedly touching her leg, the other taxi riders won’t stand for it, regardless of the drivers threats. When he discovers his job is on the line, the driver doesn’t find the situation funny after all.

5. losing the prize
Mamikie is frustrated by news on the radio of assaults in taxis. Meanwhile school friends Kane and Kgaogelo are on air for the fi nals of Peace FM’s Safe Ride! radio quiz. They have all the right answers – what is gender-based
violence, where to report an incident – but a ‘double-or-nothing’ question answered by a clueless driver spoils their chances.