The youngest A Re Yeng female bus driver has big dreams…
Naledi Mashabela (25) is the youngest female A Re Yeng bus driver in the City of Tshwane. A proud mother figure whose love for driving buses dates back to her early days when she used to take a ride at 04:00 with her mother, who was also a bus driver. "My mom taught me how to drive," she says.
Her attention to detail makes her the best driver, second best to none, with a zero accident record on the road since she started driving buses. Once an Electrical Engineering student, she is eager to further her studies in the field of transport.
Naledi is also entrepreneurial, she hails from Soshanguve and runs a network marketing business in her spare time to supplement her salary in raising her adopted daughter.
Naledi is raising her late sister's seven-year-old child while she has none of her own as yet. She learned her parenting skills from her single mother who raised her, in spite of many challenges. Likewise, she instils the values enshrined in her from her mother to her late sister's daughter: she teaches her to love herself first, not to let anyone touch her inappropriately, that she must be strong and be allowed to speak out and not suppress her feelings, to be independent, and focus on her schooling.
Her ambition is to become an assessor and later a facilitator.
Working in a male-dominated environment, Naledi does not feel intimidated by men but urges men to protect children and women. She speaks strongly against men who abuse and rape women. She says the downside of her job is that she misses church on Sundays as she has to be on the road to ferry passengers, and passengers with bad attitudes who do not respect female drivers.