New taxi rank in Diepsloot finally opens
TAXI owners and drivers in Diepsloot, northern Johannesburg, yesterday welcomed the opening of a new taxi rank, saying the move would give them the respect they deserve.
United Taxi Association Forum chairman Ralph Jones said the taxi rank, which was completed in June last year, was the development the community had been waiting for.
"There was a delay in the use of the taxi rank after its construction which led to [lawlessness] from our drivers. After talking to the relevant people, we managed to get things rolling," Jones said.
Johannesburg Development Agency acting CEO Thanduxolo Mendrew said negotiations on the management of the taxi rank delayed its operation.
"We needed a working model for management, which required intense negotiations between ourselves and other stakeholders. The agreement on that was signed two weeks ago," Mendrew said.
Mayoral committee member for transport Rehana Moosajee said the taxi rank was given to the residents of Diepsloot by the City of Johannesburg to develop their community and improve their lives.
The taxi rank also has 28 stalls where informal traders (hawkers) will be able to sell their goods on a daily basis.
By-Law Forum chairwoman Beth Nomavuka said the stalls would contribute to the economic empowerment of residents of Diepsloot as many of them did not have jobs.
"This will let the community know that vuk'usenzele [wake up and do something for yourself] does not mean vuk'utjontje [wake up and steal from others]," Nomavuka said.