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A wee problem at city taxi ranks

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“We would urge them to also raise these issues at the liaison meetings between parties. In the meantime, we will dispatch a team to resolve the current situation.”

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COMMUTERS are urinating against the walls at taxi ranks in the CBD or making use of ablution facilities at the Kimberley Magistrate’s Court, as the toilets at the taxi ranks at the city hall and Shoprite centre in town are out of order.

The spokesperson for the Kimberley Local Taxi Association, Cliffie Lewis, pointed out that while men were able to relieve themselves against a wall or tree, it was not suitable for women to do so.

“The toilets have been locked and are inaccessible to the public as they are also broken and have not been working for the past seven months. The smell of urine is terrible around the taxi ranks due to the lack of toilet facilities,” said Lewis.

Sol Plaatje Municipality spokesperson Sello Matsie said that the local authority had unblocked the toilets at the taxi ranks on numerous occasions.

“We also have teams that assist in the general cleaning around Kimberley and taxi ranks in particular. It also needs mentioning that there is a great need for ablutions facilities that would cater for mass transit of commuters at these taxi ranks based on the huge numbers using the public transportation system,” said Matsie.

He added that the taxi industry had collaborated with the municipality in the past on various programmes, including cleaning of the taxi ranks.

“We would urge them to also raise these issues at the liaison meetings between parties. In the meantime, we will dispatch a team to resolve the current situation.”

– Sandi Kwon Hoo