Residents were invited to have their say on plans for a new taxi rank in Masiphumelele.An open day was held on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 March at the Masiphumelele Community Hall to allow locals to view plans for the taxi rank.The open day follows a series of meetings by the project’s steering committee, which is made up of taxi association representatives, business association representatives, the Masi Development Forum, City officials and consultants, confirms subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase.The City of Cape Town will, within the next seven weeks, commence with the construction of the new minibus taxi facility in Masiphumelele. The minibus taxi operators are currently operating from erf 1728 – a vacant erf with no services or facilities for commuters and operators. Local residents are exposed to the elements while they are waiting for taxis, and there are no ablution facilities or safe walkways. The new facility will be built on a section of the land situated on the corner of Kommetjie and Pokela Roads, adjacent to where the minibus taxis are currently operating from.The initial tender includes the construction of the public transport interchange on erf 1866, says Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development (“Wheels turn on taxi rank tender”, People’s Post, 26 September 2017). The commercial area, as well as the development of housing opportunities on a section of the land, will be implemented through separate tenders, he previously told to People’s Post.The proposal will see the development of not only the taxi rank, but also civil infrastructure, an admin building where operators and management can have meetings, stormwater drains, non-motorised transport infrastructure such as wheelchair-friendly walking lanes, as well as landscaping.The new taxi rank aims to create a “safe and dignified area” for waiting commuters, says Herron (“Safer interchange on the cards”, People’s Post, 17 May 2016). Initial plans to develop a new taxi rank in Masiphumelele were delayed following an appeal against the proposal by the Abathembu Western Cape Traditional Royal Council (“New turn for taxis”, People’s Post, 22 November 2016).The council disputed the need to create a new taxi rank, as opposed to upgrading the current one. The council claimed that local taxi associations had not been consulted. The appeal was overturned, subcouncil chairperson Felicity Purchase previously told People’s Post. V Continued on page 4.