Renewed calls for Bruma taxi rank

Ward 118 Clr Neuren Pietersen with members from the City of Joburg, transport officials and taxi association representatives on the site where the informal Bruma taxi rank is situated.

By Busi Vilakazi

Despite numerous requests by drivers for a Bruma taxi holding area, nothing has been done to address the request and concerns with taxis still parking in the veld close to the Jukskei River.

“For years we have been asking for a holding area but have not received any assistance. The issue has been ongoing since the Bruma Flea Market days,” said Lawrence Mbatha from Faraday Taxi Association.

Before the Bruma China Mall was built, Bruma Flea Market requested, in 2005, a space for parking in the same area where the taxis now stop.

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They received no response to the request.

“We have always been here. We cater for the flea market and people working in the area who use public transport but we have never been provided proper facilities,” said Mbatha.

“For us to be here all these years is proof that there is a need for a Bruma taxi holding area.”

The Bruma taxi drivers requested a “properly built” taxi rank with ablution facilities, running water and security.

“We don’t have toilets and water which are basic needs. There is no shelter for our passengers waiting for a taxi and that is a challenge for us,” said Mbatha.

A meeting was held on September 26 at Bruma China Mall with the City of Joburg’s Department of Transport to discuss a way forward.

“Public transport is one of the major forms of transport in the city as people travel from the location to town for work. We need to cater for them and this area is a business area. That means a lot of people come into the area and they need transportation,” said the transport department’s executive director, Lisa Seftel.

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She said they need to meet with all the stakeholders in the area in order to find a solution on how they can assist the taxi association.

Ward 118 Clr Neuren Pietersen said he hopes that that there will be a way to formalise a Bruma taxi holding area.

“There is a need for a taxi rank because many employees in the area use public transport and we need to cater for them,” said Pietersen.

“We need to find a site where the taxi rank holding area can be built so we can eliminate all the challenges that we are currently facing.

“The problem has been going on long enough and something needs to be done,” said Pietersen.

Residents have previously complained about the taxis that park in no-stopping and no-parking zones at the corner of Marcia and Ernest Oppenheimer Avenue and make illegal U-turns.

They were also accused of leaving behind mounds of garbage at the taxi rank in the veld close to the Jukskei River.

Pietersen said an amicable solution that will accommodate all those involved is needed and that can only happen when all the stakeholders come on board.

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