VIDEO: New Centurion taxi rank will restore commuters’ dignity

Johannes Makaringe, a taxi driver, expresses his joy at the news that a new taxi rank is being constructed. He is pictured here alongside Ward Councillor Peter Sutton. Photos: Bennitt Bartl

A brand new taxi rank on the corner of Hendrik Verwoerd Drive and South Street will “go a long way in restoring the dignity of Centurion commuters”.

This is according to DA ward 78 councillor Peter Sutton, who expects construction to be concluded year-end around November. The finished rank is estimated to be in the R20-million range.

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Given the state of neglect at the current taxi rank, residents were growing increasingly worried.

“The conditions commuters must endure at the current facility is inhumane,” said Sutton. “No one should be allowed to endure them.”

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He said that the people of Centurion and taxi associations can together ensure that the new taxi rank is safe, up to standard and integrated into the area.

“We are not oblivious to the many challenges facing the taxi industry, but we are committed to working with the industry to ensure a better and safer environment for all.”

Region 4 informal traders chairperson Philemon Mofamate said he hoped the new facility would improve conditions for traders. These traders must currently use cardboard boxes and crates to conduct their businesses. However, the new facility will provide them with actual stalls from which to sell goods.

A similar system has already been implemented with great success at the Centurion Mall.

The construction site for the new taxi rank in Centurion on the corner of Hendrik Verwoerd Drive and South Street opposite the Centurion Mall.

The current taxi rank is in a state of neglect while the new facility will restore the dignity of commuters and informal traders in Centurion.

Peter Sutton (left) along with informal trader, Sello David Moepi, and the Chairperson for Informal Traders in Region Four, Philemon Mofamate, at the current taxi rank in Centurion on Monday. Those making use of the taxi rank are excited about the construction of a new world-class facility.

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