Following the observation of cracks exceeding the Kimberley Big Hole fence neighbouring the Bultfontein Road taxi rank, the Sol Plaatje Municipality and the De Beers Group have taken a decision to permanently close the taxi rank as a safety measure.
FOLLOWING the observation of cracks exceeding the Kimberley Big Hole fence neighbouring the Bultfontein Road taxi rank, the Sol Plaatje Municipality and the De Beers Group have taken a decision to permanently close the taxi rank as a safety measure.
The taxi rank relocated to the Indian Centre yesterday.
Municipal spokesperson Thoko Riet said the Bultfontein taxi rank will be utilised as a waiting area for commuters while the taxis will relocate to the Indian Centre.
“Following engagements with De Beers Group regarding the public safety on the land adjacent to a section of the Kimberley Big Hole, the Sol Plaatje Municipality will permanently close the Bultfontein Road to avoid any potential harm to the City of Kimberley and its residents,” said Riet.
“As part of routine monitoring, De Beers has recently observed cracks advancing beyond the Big Hole fence, which indicate that a possible failure of the pit area next to Bultfontein Road may occur in the near future. The matter is still under investigation.
“For the safety of Kimberley residents, visitors, businesses and properties, the municipality will permanently barricade Bultfontein Road to prevent any access for vehicles and pedestrians.”
“Bultfontein Road is currently being used by the local taxi associations as their waiting area and we have reached an agreement with both associations that they will relocate to the Indian Centre while we look for a permanent solution. The relocation of the taxis will take place on Thursday, October 26, 2023.
“Commuters will, however, still use the current taxi rank as usual … The relocation will only impact the taxis parking along the road during the day. We thank the taxi associations and other road users for their understanding and co-operation.
“The municipality will continue to work with stakeholders to find a long-term solution for the permanent waiting area for the taxis,” concluded Riet.