New routes bring relief to Lwandle’s taxi commuters

2018-10-11 06:00
Two new taxi routes have been established from Nomzamo taxi rank, with commuters now able to travel directly to Mitchell’s Plain and Cape Town.PHOTO: Velani Ludidi

Two new taxi routes have been established from Nomzamo taxi rank, with commuters now able to travel directly to Mitchell’s Plain and Cape Town.PHOTO: Velani Ludidi

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Greater Lwandle commuters are breathing a sigh of relief after two new routes were established by the Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association’s (Cata) Lwandle branch.

In the past, getting to Cape Town from Lwandle and Nomzamo was a struggle for most commuters, as they had to depend on the unreliable Metrorail trains or spend more money on two taxis.

Victor Mbande, Cata Lwandle secretary, said the body established the new routes from Nomzamo taxi rank to Mitchell’s Plain and Cape Town. He said: “We started operating on the new routes earlier this month, and we are happy to make the lives of taxi commuters easier, because they battled with reliable transport to Cape Town.”

Mbande added that operational times depend on the number of commuters needing to travel to the destinations.

“When we open a new route, we want to it to operate at all times,” he said. “However, the success and number of trips to and from the destinations will depend on the presence of the commuters. If the transport is in demand we will be there.”

Mbande admitted Cata is facing the challenge of finding a spot at the Cape Town taxi rank, but the Cata Lwandle branch leadership is currently in talks with relevant structures to see where the taxis can be accommodated.

People travelling to Nyanga from Nomzamo taxi rank will also benefit from the newly established routes. “I used to take four taxis just to get to Nyanga” said Yanga Meteni. “This new route will save us a lot of money. I want to thank the taxi drivers for thinking about us in this regard.”

Mbande said the industry wishes to maintain a good working relationship with the community, but added that taxi drivers are often caught in the fire during service delivery protests. “When people are going to protest, they don’t inform us,” he explained. “They just go into the streets and damage traffic lights.

“Our vehicles are sometimes damaged when they do that, and they fail to consult us. However, we understand that people have their grievances and want to be heard. When the taxi drivers decide to strike, we inform the commuters so they can make alternative arrangements. The taxi rank is open to everyone, so we welcome all residents to come and talk to us.”

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