20 Feb 2014 14:40pm
OPUWO, 20 FEB (NAMPA) A taxi association was established at Opuwo in the Kunene Region on Sunday.
Although there are currently only around 10 taxis here, the drivers and owners took a decision to organise themselves in order to have a platform on which they could discuss issues affecting them, hence the establishment of the Opuwo Taxi Association.
The first taxi started operating in Opuwo during 2005.
Amongst the problems highlighted by the interim chairperson of the taxi association, Jeremiah Kaiko at a meeting held on Sunday was the lack of taxi ranks and poor road conditions.
The meeting was attended by around 10 people, who said they appreciate the opportunity to discuss their problems and ideas on how to serve taxi users better.
The taxis serve some 10 000 people, but there are no taxi ranks, and people have to be dropped off at their homes at a charge of N.dollars 9 per trip.
Kaiko told Nampa after the meeting that they resolved to meet with members of different institutions to discuss their grievances before their next meeting, which is set to take place in March this year.
The meeting was also attended by the chairperson of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI)s Opuwo branch, Patrick Mumbuu.
Approached for comment on the associations concerns, the Chief Executive Officer of the Opuwo Town Council, Alphons Tjitombo said the taxi owners were asked to provide information on sites where they would like ranks to be installed four years ago already.
No response was, however, received.
We will see to it that taxi ranks are demarcated, provided that the taxi association provides us with information on sites, and also if funds permit, he said.
Concerning the road conditions, Tjitombo said the funds Opuwo receives from the Road Fund Administration (RFA) are not enough to maintain or improve all roads here.
This year, the town council is working on the roads of the new residential area of Ondunjee, and some gravel roads which need urgent attention with the N.dollars 484 000 we have in the coffers.
From there, we have to start sourcing funds for the entire roads network of the town, he explained.