BY DADDY SEBOLECWE
The MEC for Department of Community Safety and Transport Management, Dr Mpho Motlhabane along with the Greater Taung Local Municipality Mayor, Kaone Lobelo recently opened a new taxi rank at Taung Shopping Complex.
Community of Taung and stakeholders came in numbers to witness the opening of the rank that will make their lives easier. The taxi rank was built to serve the community and Taxi owners of Taung. The commuters will have access to Government Services (Labour, Home Affairs, Education, Agriculture, SASSA, and Municipality) because they are all close to the taxi rank.
MEC Dr Motlhabane said the community of Taung should be grateful and be passionate about this taxi rank.
“The Taxi rank was opened just after Madiba’s Birthday18 July, this simply means that people of Taung must be very proud of their gift which came during Mandela month the greatest leader of all times. This taxi rank will improve the local economy of Taung and is aligned to vision of our Premier, Supra Mahumapelo of Rebrand, Reposition and Renew Bokone Bophirima through Saamtrek, Saamwerk”, said Motlhabane.
MEC Motlhabane further said that the Department will ensure that surveillance cameras are installed in the taxi rank to monitor and reduce crime to make commuters feel safe and free in their taxi rank. Those who do illegal stuff will be brought to book and dealt with.
“We will have a peaceful and safe taxi rank,” concluded Motlhabane.
The taxi rank which is 2000 square meters caters for local and long distance routes like Johannesburg, Kimberly and other areas.
Kgosi Tshepo Mankuroane thanked the Department, Municipality and Taxi Associations for their team work.
“Working together is important because we achive more. Let’s maintain the relationship and ensure that we keep the rank clean at all times and report illegal activities to the Police,” said Mankuroane.
Kgosi Motlhabane who was amongst the other Chiefs gave a vote of thanks and thanked MEC Motlhabane and government for keeping their promise and ensured that Taung will become a better village.
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