Taxi rank a health hazard

2011-09-02 00:00

PORT Shepstone taxi rank patrons, street traders, vendors, visitors and shoppers have likened their rank’s toilets and its vicinity to a pig’s dwelling due to the rotting filth which remains there for days.

Speaking on behalf of the taxi rank community Bongani Majozi said they spend most of their time at the rank for their daily economic activities, but are very concerned about the extremely unhealthy conditions of their toilets.

Filth and rubbish is often strewn in the vicinity of the toilets and soaked in water which gushes out from the toilets.

“This poses health problems for us as users of the facility and the toilets have no lids and no doors inside and outside. Sometimes they do not flush and sewerage and sanitation is a problem here.”

Majozi also stressed that they also relieve themselves in the open due to the lack of doors which diminishes their human dignity.

“The smell which greets you when approaching the toilets and taxi rank is suffocating. The vicinity of the smelly toilets is surrounded by street vendors dealing in food, like meat, fruits and sweets.

“The area is supposed to be kept clean for the well-being and health of the people who use it”, he said.

A street vendor who asked to remain unnamed said that there is a dire need for an upgrading of the whole infrastructure.

“We need the municipality to build clean toilets with doors like those we see in areas along the beaches.”

According to him their area is always busy with taxi rank people and upcoming artists who promote their music and it is degrading for them to use such a humiliating facility but they have no choice.

A spokesperson for Hibiscus Coast Municipality, Xolani Dlangalala said, “The problem of taxi rank toilets is an ongoing issue. Hibiscus Coast Municipality has invested a lot of money and time trying to improve this situation.” He added that there are dedicated teams to clean the toilets on a daily basis.

“The volume of traffic making use of the facilities makes it appear as if Council is not doing enough”. Dlangalala added that as soon as members of the public descend on the rank in numbers, the condition gradually deteriorates.

“Broken doors and windows have also been repaired but vandalised immediately thereafter.” He said that the solution goes beyond fixing what is broken. “The solution involves public awareness campaigns on the proper use and care of the facilities.”

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