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Commuters in the greater Stellenbosch area breathed a sigh of relief when the new Klapmuts taxi rank opened today.


Stellenbosch, South Africa (25 August 2021) – Commuters from the student town, Stellies, are smiling from ear-to-ear, and they have good reason to: a brand new Klapmuts Taxi Rank was launched today!

The Mayor of Stellenbosch, Gesie van Deventer was joined by leaders and representatives of the Franschhoek Taxi Association as well as the Congress for Democratic Taxi Associations.

The Klapmuts Taxi Rank has long been a community need, as identified during the public participation process. The breakdown of reliable and safe rail transportation across South Africa has led to a much higher demand for taxi services.

The new rank is centrally located right next door to the Klapmuts Multipurpose Community Centre that was also constructed by the municipality and opened its doors in 2019. The rank is within a short walking distance of the Klapmuts Primary School and the Klapmuts Clinic.

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The construction of the facility was carried out in two phases. The first phase comprised the implementation of the civil works, and the second phase comprised the construction of buildings and top structures. The municipality made available a total of R20 million for this new facility, which will serve the Klapmuts community for generations to come.

The new facility includes undercover holding and loading areas for taxis, waiting areas for commuters, administrative buildings, meeting rooms, ablution facilities, and facilities for a caretaker.

Mayor van Deventer was delighted to hand over the keys to the representatives of the Franschhoek Taxi Association – the body that covers the Klapmuts area.

“Within the coming months, we will also be launching the new Kayamandi Taxi Rank as well as the Franschhoek Taxi Rank,” the Mayor said.

“This forms part of our ongoing efforts to improve public transportation services across the municipal area. This is another wonderful day for the community of Klapmuts and I implore the community to take full ownership of this facility. Please take care of it”, Gesie concluded.

Sources: Supplied
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