This steely-eyed Uber driver skrik vir niks and wants to be an inspiration to all women during Women’s Month.
The mother of two from Bishop Lavis has been a taxi driver for the past three years and says she enjoys driving mense around.
Ronel Mouton, 41, is no stranger to traditionally male jobs and says before becoming an Uber driver, she worked for an armed response company and was also a truck driver.
“I got tired of what I was doing and decided it was time to move on and I have enjoyed every minute of it,” she says.
She says she gets inspired by her passengers as they often share their life stories with her.
“I look forward to it every day because I know I will get to meet new people which is what makes me enjoy it,” says Ronel.
She says although Uber drivers run the risk of getting robbed, hijacked or worse, it has not put her off her job.
“I go anywhere my service is required, I don’t discriminate and say I won’t go to certain places because they are dangerous.
“I don’t judge where people come from and also there are a lot of good people out there.
“There have been two robbery attempts but nothing has happened to me, I trust in God with every trip I do.
“My husband always tells me to be safe whenever I’m going out and my children also worry but they enjoy it when I share the stories riders tell me.”
She says working in a male-dominated industry does come with challenges.
“I work with men and I also transport men, sometimes you find that you don’t get respect as a woman. Not all of them are at ease that there are women drivers in the industry.
The mom says her day typically starts at 5am and ends when the sun sets so she can spend time with her family.
Uber spokesperson Samantha Fuller says Ronel is one of four female drivers being honoured in Women’s Month to promote gender equality in the industry.
“Ronel as well as the other drivers were selected as they are one of the high rated drivers and have a great story to tell,” says Fuller
“We are committed to creating economic opportunities for female drivers and we value the growth and advancement of women.”