Commuters want their R65 million rand taxi rank text

To this day the new Vereeniging taxi rank remains incomplete. Photo: Lerato Serero

VEREENIGING.- Just as Sedibeng Ster reported over a year ago, it still remains to be seen if the new Vereeniging taxi rank that has been under construction since 2014 will ever be finished. The construction project has been marred with allegations of corruption since its inception. Workers have been downing tools almost every week due to non-payment of their salaries and other contractual issues.

Last Wednesday Sedibeng Ster went to the construction site and, alas, no work was taking place on site, which only had a few security guards looking after whatever valuables are left on site. The rank was meant to have been finished some two years ago nd the first phase of the project was said to create a temporary facility just next to the train station to create space for the actual construction of the taxi rank.
During its fanfare launch, Gauteng Transport MEC, Ismail Vadi said that the old taxi rank that was demolished was designed to accommodate only 400 taxis, but almost 800 taxis were using the facility.
“Consequently, the rank is heavily congested and the facility is in poor physical condition. The newly launched project will redress this situation by creating ranking facilities for 605 taxis,” Vadi said.
During one of Sedibeng Ster’s interviews with commuters last year they said, “We are not given any feedback about the project; they forget that we are very important stakeholders in this thing. They are satisfied to have left us at that dump they call a rank, where ‘nyaope boys’ do as they wish, where when it rains it is just a mess.”
The R65 million construction project is part of a joint initiative between the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport, Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) as well as the Sedibeng and Emfuleni municipalities to upgrade the Vereeniging Station precinct. “We need to know what is going on. When is our rank going to be finally completed? Someone must be held accountable,” said frustrated community members who have to walk some distance to catch a ride at a hazardous temporary taxi rank near the railway station.
At the time of going to print Sedibeng Ster had sent an enquiry on the construction of the rank to the Sedibeng District Municipality which is said to be the overseer of the project.
Lerato Serero

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