To be an A Re Yeng bus driver was a dream come true for Dudu!
Dudu Ntuli (37) quit her job two years ago because of unfair labour practices and denounced unfair labour practice with the contempt it deserves. Her departure granted her the serenity to reflect on and figure out what she wanted in life. Her second choice was not hard to figure out as she had subconsciously prepared herself for being a bus driver when she marvelled at the idea when she saw the state-of-the-art BRT system on television when A Re Yeng was launched.
"In 2014 when I saw the A Re Yeng buses, I somewhat knew in my heart that one day I am going to drive those buses." After being unable to find a job for a while, Dudu decided to empower herself and applied for a Code 14 driver's licence.
In 2017, little did she realise how useful it was to acquire a Code 14 driver's license as it was a pre-requisite to be an A Re Yeng bus driver. She responded to the advert for bus drivers and passed her interview. Before she knew it she was in the driver's seat.
What drives her is her passion for ferrying passengers from one destination to the next in pursuit of making a living for their families. She takes pride in assuming the responsibility of having her passengers' safety in her hands.
She would still love to pursue a further career in the field by studying Transport Management, given the opportunity. Dudu says she has no qualms about men at work generally as she grew up around them in Hammanskraal, but does not deal kindly with misogynists, though. She speaks her mind and stands her ground.
Dudu characterises herself as strong, persistent and a hard worker. "Loving yourself is very important; if you respect yourself, people will reciprocate," she says.