The long-awaited Krugersdorp Taxi Rank is now open for business after almost five years of construction.

The taxi rank has been a source of concern for the Gauteng Provincial Government, the municipality and the community of Mogale City. Issues related to budgetary constraints and the Covid-19 pandemic which resulted in loss of time and joblessness hampered the construction process. The incessant rainy seasons also played a part.

Mogale City Executive Mayor Tyrone Gray together with local councillors officially opened the multi-million-rand facility on Wednesday, witnessed by local taxi associations, businesspeople and members of the community.

The taxi rank created over 200 job opportunities throughout its construction period and is the biggest job creation and economy rejuvenation project in the city thus far.

In his opening address, Cllr Gray said the taxi rank will serve the community of Mogale City and the entire West Rand. He also pleaded with the taxi associations and stakeholders to work together and protect the facility.

“We are pleased to see this much-awaited project being handed over to the community and taxi associations. This has been one of our major projects and we are very happy that after a long journey, it is finally open for business and is fully operational.”

“We also want to request and plead with taxi associations and hawkers to work together on issues related to the taxi rank and avoid infightings. We will interact with taxi associations on a regular basis to make sure that this facility is well looked after and protected from vandals,” Executive Mayor added.

Members of various taxi associations were equally happy and vowed to serve commuters with dignity and protect the facility from vandals as requested by the mayor.

The three-hectare facility boasts holding and loading areas for more than 200 taxis, separate ablution facilities, 87 interlock and locked up general stalls where local business people will sell their goods, 15 food courts with full cocking equipment and shaded seating areas for commuters.

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