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Young professionals on the Go

Dat­sun GO  is throw­ing a life­line to young pro­fes­sion­als using pub­lic trans­port to sup­port them get driver’s licens­es and buy afford­able car.

The ride to take the weight off their feet, dri­ving to work and dash­ing to var­i­ous insti­tu­tions where they study part-time is stress-free fol­low­ing the launch of all-new Dat­sun GO.

One such pro­fes­sion­al intro­duced all-new Dat­sun GO dur­ing the launch in 2018 is Mpu­mi Nkosi.

Like mil­lions of young pro­fes­sion­als around the coun­try, Mpu­mi depend on pub­lic trans­port.

She uses taxis and e‑hailing ser­vices to com­mute between Sowe­to and Sand­ton, Johan­nes­burg where she works.

She was also using pub­lic trans­port to trav­el to Tshwane Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­nol­o­gy, where she com­plet­ed her BTech in Jour­nal­ism.

In tak­ing part in the Dat­sun GO launch, Mpu­mi cal­cu­lat­ed that for just R500 more than what she was spend­ing on pub­lic trans­port every month; she could pay off a new Dat­sun GO in 72 months.

Her friend Phindile Xaba, fol­lows a sim­i­lar route and com­bines her work in Johan­nes­burg with part-time stud­ies in edu­ca­tion at the Uni­ver­si­ty of South Africa in Pre­to­ria.

Head of Dat­sun South Africa, Hideyu­ki Kuwaya­ma said the car­mak­er helped Mpu­mi and her friend Phindile tack­le the final hur­dle stand­ing between her and the open road and assist­ed them with the dri­ving license process.

“We at Dat­sun couldn’t be more excit­ed. Empow­er­ing Mpu­mi and Phindile to get one step clos­er to inde­pen­dence, is what we stand for as a busi­ness. Our vehi­cles are the per­fect fit for them, and we aim to empow­er many more South Africans in the com­ing years,” said Kuwaya­ma.

Tips to make this process easy:

  1. The first step is to get your learner’s license. For exam­ple; road signs, com­mand and warn­ing signs.
  2. Make your appoint­ment for your learner’s license online (this can take up to a week) and start going through the K53 man­u­al two weeks before your appoint­ment. It’s advis­able to choose a licens­ing depart­ment clos­est to your home.
  3. As part of this process, you need to sub­mit an eye test. To jump the queues at the licens­ing depart­ment, get your eyes test­ed at a pri­vate optometrist.
  4. On the day of your learner’s license appoint­ment, arrive 30-min before to calm the nerves.
  5. Once you have passed your learn­ers license, start with dri­ving lessons. Remem­ber to ask your instruc­tor for the best pack­ages to save mon­ey.
  6. Your first les­son is the most impor­tant one when you under­stand the pur­pose of the con­trols and all the oper­a­tions of the vehi­cle (for exam­ple; the vehi­cles indi­ca­tors and clutch).
  7. Next up, let’s get you more exposed to the open road. This step can take up to 20-hours, dri­ver and behav­ior depen­dent.
  8. Once you have con­fi­dence, make an appoint­ment for your driver’s license.
  9.      Should you wish to jump the queues at the licens­ing depart­ment again, go to a pri­vate optometrist.
  10. On the day of the test, apply and imple­ment what you have learnt! Make sure you eat some­thing to pre­vent a slump in your sug­ar lev­els, those who know say a choco­late bar is just the thing.

To watch the process of Mpu­mi and Phindile get­ting their driver’s licens­es, as well as a visu­al demon­stra­tion of the above-men­tioned tips, see the video.


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