Not a squeak on opening of taxi rank
IT REMAINS a mystery when the multimillion-rand intermodal taxi rank in Komani will come into operation.
The rank, which lies between the Komani CBD and Mlungisi, was supposed to have been operational in 2014 with construction having started in 2013.
One of the street vendors who were hoping to benefit from selling goods at the rank, Veliswa Dingi, said this week: “We were hoping that our businesses would benefit. We are disappointed because people do not come to where we are because the temporary taxi rank is far from the shops.”
Commuter Nomfanelo Silwana from Cacadu said the existing rank was muddy and flooded and people were often mugged as it was not a safe area.
The Rep reported (“Still closed”, March 10, 2017) that municipal spokesman, Fundile Feketshane said the newspaper would be provided with an appropriate schedule as to the official opening of the rank when related issues had been sorted out.
In January this year, Feketshane said, “The issue of the intermodal taxi rank is still being discussed internally and once those are finalised you will be advised of all the logistics around it.” He repeated the statement this week. The Rep reported (“Not enough money”, June 6 2014) that the taxi rank was 90% complete. It was reported (“On the rise”, April 3 2015) that the project had been allocated R11-million in the 2015/2016 financial year, with R14-million at the time to be allocated in the 2016-17 financial year.