Mr. Philip Taaibosch grew up in Brandfort a small town in the Free State province of South Africa, largely made popular by the fact that it is where Mrs. Winnie Mandela had been banished during Nelson Mandela’s imprisonment. This is where his political ideology was first formed. As a young man he played professional football in the then National Professional Soccer League for Leicester City. Later he qualified as a referee and over time, served as a Deputy Chairperson of the Free State Referees Association.
Mr. Taaibosch started his economic life in the steel industry as a boiler-maker and fitter in 1977. During his working life, he became a shop steward and also served on the Board of the South African Boiler Makers’ Association for more than seven years.
He also owned taxis on a part-time basis and served as the chairman of the Free State Taxi Council, a position he maintained for seventeen years. In 1993, he took the decision to become a full-time taxi operator. When the first Taxi National Body, SATACO, was formed, Mr. Taaibosch became the interim Secretary General until the establishment of SANTACO in 2001. He was elected the first Secretary General of SANTACO at the first AGM of SANTACO, a position he held till March 2014, in 2014 during the conference he was then elected as the President of SANTACO the position which he is presently holding.
As a community member, Mr. Taaibosch has involved himself with School Governing Bodies and local Civic Associations. He is a card-carrying member of the African National Congress, David Thuys branch in the Free State. He also serves on the board of directors of Taxi Choice, a business arm of SANTACO as an Executive Director.
He also runs a funeral undertaking business and is husband to Pascalina and a father to his two children.