Rank an ‘eyesore’

Wynberg taxi rank is filthyPHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI
Wynberg taxi rank is filthyPHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

The Wynberg taxi rank is deteriorating with each day that passes.

The taxi rank is one of the biggest interchanges in the city and over the months it has seen an increase in dirt, with makeshift homes and vendors.

Taxi drivers have been calling for help but all their calls fall on deaf ears.

The drivers have attributed their worries to the increase in drug activities in the main road leading to people in the streets.

The taxi drivers also claim that there is no-one to clean up the rank and they do all they can to keep the area clean.

They say they get some of the homeless people staying at the taxi rank to help clean up, but they don’t do that all the time as the money they give them for the service is used for drugs.

Taxi driver Wilson Mthi says the area is filthy and they need help.

“We have been going to meet and calling on the City of Cape Town to clean but we haven’t heard anything from them. All we have seen is just an increase in the dirt, with no-one cleaning. This place is used by a lot of people and we can’t have it like this,” he says.

Although the taxi drivers are passing the buck they also have their own share of blame when it comes to the state of the taxi rank.

Athol Swanson from the Wynberg Improvement District says the taxi rank is out of their area but the problems there are filtering through to the areas they work in.

“Most of the dirt there comes from the taxis. Many times we have seen passengers throwing out litter from the taxis through the windows. From what I know there was a problem with the contract at the station, hence it has not been cleaned in a long time. The other problem is the taxis being washed in a public space and not to mention the congestion there,” he says.

Mayco member (South) Eddie Andrews says the City’s Street People Reintegration Unit is well aware that this area is a hotspot for street people.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, service delivery at the facility in question was affected. City staff gave the facility a special clean-up on Monday 12 March and normal service delivery resumed on Tuesday 13 March. The City apologises for any inconvenience caused during this period.”

Andrews adds that they have operations with Law Enforcement in the area on a regular basis. “Our social services are voluntary and unfortunately most of the street people in this area refuse social assistance.”

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