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City unveils R1.5 million taxi rank facility
​Mayor Zandile Gumede interacting with public transport
commuters during a road safety campaign.

A R1.5 MILLION brand new state-of-the-art office facility was officially unveiled by KwaZulu-Natal Transport MEC Mxolisi Kaunda and Mayor Zandile Gumede at University Avenue Taxi Rank (near Chesterville Rank) to kick-start the October Transport Month campaign.

These offices, unveiled on 4 October, will be used by various taxi associations. Pledging her support for the various initiatives planned for National Transport Month in the City, Mayor Gumede urged residents to take heed of the campaign messages and rally behind the transformation of society through the delivery of safe and reliable public transport for all. “National Transport Month is an important campaign to raise awareness of the vital role that transport plays in our society for the betterment of communities and the economy.

This year’s campaign is designed to encourage the participation of a number of influential groups in highlighting this role,” she said. Construction of the offices began in April. These offices consist of a reception area, three boardrooms, a kitchen and ablution facilities. During October, information sharing and distribution platforms will be created through public transport hubs identified in various areas.

Road safety awareness campaigns that will be conducted during this time aim to provide residents with information to empower of potential road dangers. Mayor Gumede urged taxi rank users to safeguard this facility and all other Municipal public facilities from vandalism, adding that the City was incurring billions of rands in debt from repairing vandalised facilities and infrastructure. “We are pleased that the new facility at the Chesterville rank is now complete and ready for use to service commuters.

This demonstrates our commitment to improve the quality of life for all our residents,” she said. Mayor Gumede urged eThekwini residents to use October Transport Month to heighten their awareness on safety issues. In recent years, the City has refurbished various taxi and bus ranks in the Durban central business district to make them safer for commuters, taxi drivers and informal traders.

Mayor Gumede last year unveiled the Cartwright Taxi Rank situated alongside Charlotte Maxeke Street. The taxi rank boasts modern design with dedicated ablutions for people with disabilities, baby changing facilities, vehicle washing stalls which will house small business vendors. “We need to use this month as a means of encouraging government and civil society to develop a culture of respect and awareness on our roads,” she added.

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