The City’s Urban Mobility Directorate has completed the construction of the Makhaza public transport interchange on the corner of Nyanda Avenue and Japhta K Masemola Road in Khayelitsha. The development of this infrastructure was R15 million as it will help improve public transport services in the area.
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, Councillor Rob Quintas said.
‘October is Transport Month, and during this month we showcase our transport successes. This year’s programme highlights transport infrastructure across Cape Town. I am excited that Makhaza was our first stop. This facility will give much-needed relief to almost 1 000 commuters who, up until now, had to endure harsh weather conditions while waiting for a minibus taxi to take them to their destinations. With the completion of this facility, the community can now look forward to a dignified and safe space for their commuting needs.’
The facility aims to boast:
- A building with ablutions, and refuse storage
- A universally accessible facility with roofs and seating under cover
- Green initiatives like rainwater harvesting, solar panels and ,LED lights
Furthermore, the PTI will also include landscaping elements, such as 18 trees.
‘I am appealing to the Makhaza community to please take ownership of this facility and to ensure that it is kept clean at all times and used for its intended purpose. A taxi facility is a hive of activity where numerous small businesses thrive and friendships are formed. You now have a landmark, a permanent structure where you can express yourselves. I believe the operators will start operating from this facility as soon as the last snags have been resolved, and I want to wish you all well,’ added Councillor Quintas.
The Project Steering Committee’s support assisted in ensuring the successful completion of the project.