Deputy Mayor urges city taxi op­er­a­tors to avoid con­fronta­tion

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA - Muzi Zin­c­ume

CITY of uMh­lathuze Deputy Mayor Slondile Mkhize has ap­pealed to Em­pan­geni taxi op­er­a­tors to avoid con­fronta­tion whey they en­counter chal­lenges, but rather re­solve them am­i­ca­bly.

Mkhize was speak­ing at the of­fi­cial open­ing of Em­pan­geni's re­vamped Lot 63 Taxi Rank last week.

About R6-mil­lion was spent to ren­o­vate the pub­lic fa­cil­ity, which is used by the Ng­welezana, eSikhaleni and Ense­leni taxi as­so­ci­a­tions.

‘We want you to keep this fa­cil­ity clean at all times and en­sure that all pas­sen­gers are treated with dig­nity. Please ad­vise your drivers to re­frain from drink­ing and driv­ing so as to avoid road ac­ci­dents,' said Mkhize.

She was pleased that the construction of the taxi rank was com­pleted by a com­pany owned by young women.

‘It is de­signed to link with the shop­ping mall through a pedes­trian bridge and it also caters for dis­abled peo­ple,' Mkhize said.

The re­fur­bished taxi rank has an ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing which will be used by taxi man­agers to do their pa­per­work. It also has ex­tra hawker stalls to en­able street ven­dors to trade freely, even dur­ing rainy weather.

‘This fa­cil­ity was con­structed in such a way that traf­fic con­ges­tion will be eased since the rank now has exit and en­trance gates.

Chair­per­son of the Ubunye Taxi Re­gion, Sibu­siso Nzuza, as­sured the city lead­er­ship that taxi op­er­a­tions will run smoothly.

'We in­spect our ve­hi­cles daily to en­sure that they are in good con­di­tion.

‘We are grate­ful to re­ceive such a gift from the City of uMh­lathuze, and we will en­sure that we keep our rank clean all times,' he said.

Muzi Zin­c­ume

City of uMh­lathuze Deputy Mayor Silondile Mkhize of­fi­cially opens the Em­pan­geni Lot 63 Taxi Rank. With her (left) are Chair­per­son of the Trans­port Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee Muzi Mpun­gose and Chair­per­son of the Ubunye Taxi Re­gion Sibu­siso Nzuza

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