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TAXI INDUSTRY TO BENEFIT MOST FROM DISPERSION OF HOCL
Cape Town based holding company, CanbiGold, has designed a conversion to the standard air ventilation system in vehicles for the dispersion of HOCL (Hypochlorous Acid), proven to be effective in the fight against coronaviruses.
Says CEO of CanbiGold, Leon van der Linde: “There are more than 200 000 minibus taxis in South Africa, transporting in excess of 15 million commuters each day. After the lockdown is lifted, the taxi transport industry remains a weak spot in our country’s fight against the transmission of Covid-19. Taxis will become incubators for the virus, especially as it gets colder, and could lead to further lockdowns. We want to circumvent this problem, which led us to become the first company in the world to develop a system for the dispersal of HOCL, an anti-viral and anti-bacterial disinfectant into vehicles.”
HOCL is an FDA approved disinfectant, scientifically proven to kill both viruses and bacteria on general and hospital surfaces, and has been shown to kill viruses such as the Avian influenza A (H5N1) virus and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus. It was added to the list of disinfectants for use against the Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2) virus, published by the Environmental Protection Agency in the USA in March this year.
According to Van der Linde, South Africa has some of the most stringent lockdown restrictions in place. “Social distancing is strongly encouraged to flatten the curve. When things return to ‘normality’, and people start using mass transport networks, we once again open ourselves up to infection. Our ViroGOLD Taxi Sanitiser Protocol includes the air ventilation diffusor system of HOCL, as well as hand sanitiser and mask spray, which is non-toxic and safe to inhale. This will ensure that the entire cabin or vehicle is sanitised and safe for the transport of commuters.
“Initially our focus will be on the taxi industry as it’s our most sensitive public transport system at present. We plan to roll it out to other mass transport concerns such as bus companies in the near future. With regards to production and distribution, we can deliver huge quantities immediately,” Van der Linde concludes.
CanbiGold has filed a non-provisional patent application at the American Patent Office.
Available ViroGOLD products include the Mask Spray, Nasal Spray, Hand Sanitiser, General Disinfectant Spray and Multipurpose Taxi Spray.