The tender for the construction of a taxi rank in Masiphumelele is expected to be advertised this week.The tender will include the construction of the public transport interchange on erf 1866, says Brett Herron, Mayco member for transport and urban development.“The commercial area, as well as the development of housing opportunities on a section of the land, will be implemented through separate tenders,” he says.The construction cost is estimated at around R14m.“Construction is anticipated to commence in March/April 2018, pending the outcome of the supply chain management process,” he says. The new taxi rank aims to create a “safe and dignified area” for waiting commuters on land directly across from the existing informal taxi rank, Herron previsouly told People’s Post (“Safer interchange on the cards”, 17 May).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.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”, 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.The new taxi rank will cater for four taxi routes operating to Fish Hoek, Kommetjie, Simon’s Town and Noordhoek, and will accommodate 60 minibus taxis.Taxi operators currently work from a vacant erf with no services or facilities for commuters, who are “exposed to the elements” and the area “poses a safety and security risk”, Herron previously said.