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Nothing will stop new rank - mayor

By unknown | May 08, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

The mayor of BaPhalaborwa municipality in Limpopo, Gloria Valoyi, insists that building a new taxi rank will be good for the town.

Many residents disagree.

The new structure will be built between Kiaat and Palm streets from July.

The R1,3million taxi rank, which will be the second rank in the mining town, was met with mixed feelings since the announcement was made last year.

Objections came from the Phalaborwa Business Association, the Phalaborwa Accommodation Association and the Phalaborwa Ratepayers Association.

The organisations argued that the rank would harbour criminals and increase prostitution in the central business district. They also said it ran contrary to the town's hope of making Phalaborwa the cleanest town in the country and a top tourist destination.

The municipality has held public participation meetings in different areas since March.

Valoyi said building the rank would help ease congestion. She said that construction would go on "with or without the objections".

Valoyi said: "There is a paramount need for a second rank because of the escalating number of commuters. We will continue with construction which we believe will be for the good of the majority of the residents."

She said the municipality would work closely with the police to make sure that criminal activity did not take place in the area.

"We will also work hand in glove with every resident of this town to fight crime and prostitution. It is just a matter of time that everyone realises that the new rank will improve the whole town's economy, including individuals and businesses who objected to the construction."

Municipal spokesman Elliot Ramachila said the rank would consist of stalls, toilets and other facilities and would be secured by a palisade fence.

He said it would create jobs.


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