Bloemfontein / Mangaung’s new multi-storey taxi rank complex is scheduled to open at the end of April, two years after construction began.

Bloemfontein’s new taxi rank

Bloemfontein’s new multi-storey taxi rank complex is scheduled to open at the end of April, two years after construction began.

Work on the centre started in April 2009, shortly before the beginning of the Confederations Cup. The complex that the Mangaung municipality is developing in the Bloemfontein CBD will replace an earlier rank that had become an eyesore.

A liaison officer at the site, John Vuntu, said construction was about 90% done. The lower level was complete with most of the outstanding work being on the upper level.

“We have encountered some few challenges like the delay as a result of the rain, but other than that construction has been running smoothly,” he said. “The new rank will include offices, chain stores, restaurants and a bus station.

“Commuters will not have to travel to places like the tourism centre to board buses, everything will be right here under their noses.”

The New Age spoke to a few commuters who could not hide their excitement.

“I’m happy we don’t have to catch a taxi far away from the rank; this has inconvenienced us in a big way,” said Kelebogile Rantho, who commutes between Phahameng township and the CBD on weekdays.

Another commuter, Tlhatlhogo Seate, said: “I don’t have to go to these shady places any more and queue for a long time, I’m excited. We have struggled for the past two years because we travel extra kilometres to board a taxi but with the opening of the rank we are very happy.”

Even taxi drivers, such as Mathews Mokoena, are pleased: “We have been struggling with this whole arrangement of picking up commuters in small spots around the city; now that the taxi rank is going to be finished our work will be much easier and smoother.”

Source: The New Age

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5 Responses to Bloemfontein’s new taxi rank

  1. Sandile 10/05/2011 at 7:33 am #

    Hi!i would like to know how to get orr find a space to rent on the new Taxi rank.

  2. Gerrie 15/05/2011 at 9:18 am #

    Hi Sandile
    Thanks for contacting us. Please be advised that the Mangaung info website is a city guide to Mangaung / Bloemfontein with interesting tidbits of local and national news. If you have an enquiry about a specific business, complex or opportunity, you have to contact the individual, business or owner directly. Hope this helps.

    Kind regards,
    Gerrie

  3. Yanga Makaluza 01/07/2011 at 12:19 pm #

    I want to know if there is still office space and shop to let or not and who should I contact regarding letting/rental

  4. Gerrie 01/07/2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Dear Yanga. Thanks for your reply. Mangaung info is a city guide to Mangaung / Bloemfontein providing news and updates on local and international news. If you have an enquiry about a specific business, complex or opportunity (like the taxi rank), you have to contact them directly. Hope this helps.

  5. Jacobus 13/09/2011 at 5:19 pm #

    Hey any informaton about when it will open because it is almost october and still not open?

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