Builders run risk of harm plying trade

2019-02-07 06:00
One of the shack frame at Ingulube road in Philippi.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

One of the shack frame at Ingulube road in Philippi.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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The illegal use of public roads for the construction of shacks and car washes among others, has been criticised for negatively impacting on the flow of traffic.

Car washes and shack constructions are a common sight in most townships, and this is causing panic and contestation in Philippi.

Irate motorists are now calling on the City of Cape Town to act and get rid of people who use the roads to assemble shacks, which they sell in the market.

Motorists claim these and other acts contribute to road accidents in the area.

‘Sbu’, a taxi driver, said the shack frames are a disturbance, which forces them to stop in the middle of the road at any given time.

“We cannot stop in the bus stop because most of the bus stops in Philippi are busy. There are people making shack frames, while others start up car wash businesses..

No one seems to condemn them for this kind of action, but people are quick to judge our driving,” said Sbu.

He said the City should get rid of anything that is a distraction to traffic.

“They City must find a place for all these people who are working along the road so that we can be safe. We are not against their businesses, but we want to clear the road,” he stated.

‘Mgebe’, is one of the many entrepreneurs building temporary structures along the road for over a decade now.

“There are more than 20 business owners operating here on Ingulube and Shefieled Roads in Philippi. (Our) customers know where to find us and if the City can remove us, our businesses will suffer,” said Mgebe.

He said they are aware of the dangers associated with this kind of business, but he said they don’t have a choice.

Mgebe said when the business is booming he sells about four to six structures a day.

“The prices rage between 2800 to 4000. But the shacks are in demand, especially during the rainy season in winter.

Ward 34 Councillor Fikiswa Nkunzana said what the traders are doing (interfering with traffic) is wrong, but said she will organise a meeting and try to convince them to move and find another place.

“As much as they are putting food on the table, we need to find a solution,” she said.

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