Masiphumelele will get a new minibus-taxi facility with a price tag of R13.8 million in the new year.
The facility on the corner of Kommetjie and Pokela roads in Masiphumelele is set to be completed by February 2019.
Mayoral committee member for transport and urban development, Felicity Purchase, said; “The project commenced in May this year. I drive past this site almost every day and have been keeping an eye on the progress. I’m pleased to say that the contractor is on track to complete the new facility by the end of February next year. This is good news as we are heading into the builders’ holiday period, meaning about 3 300 commuters from Masiphumelele will be using this brand-new facility early in 2019.”
The facility, which will serve commuters travelling to and from Simon’s Town, Fish Hoek, Noordhoek, and Kommetjie, will accommodate 60 minibus-taxis.
Ms Purchase added,”It’s important to mention that, apart from the new transport infrastructure, the local residents and sub-contractors are also benefiting from temporary employment opportunities and tenders. In fact, at least R461 000 has been spent to date on temporary work opportunities for local residents. A further R230 000 has been spent to date on the procurement of goods and services from local sub-contractors from the area.”
Currently, taxis are operating from Erf 1728 – a vacant erf with no services or facilities for commuters and operators. Commuters are exposed to wind, sun, and rain while they wait for taxis.
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