02 Apr 2014 15:00pm
SWAKOPMUND, 02 APR (NAMPA) The Namibia Public Passenger Transport Association (NPPTA) will take over the management of the Swakopmund taxi rank during the course of this month.
This taxi rank is situated at plot number 4353 in the Mondesa residential area, and is used by long-distance minibuses to load passengers travelling to Windhoek and the northern regions.
It also accommodates taxis operating between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay.
Speaking to Nampa here on Wednesday, the Swakopmund Municipalitys Communications Officer, Aili Gebhardt said the town council resolved that the association must manage the rank on a three-year lease contract.
This decision was taken during the ordinary council management committee meeting held on 13 March this year, and followed after the NPPTA approached the local authority with a request to run the taxi rank.
Confirming this development, NPPTA Secretary-General Nathan Africa told this agency on Wednesday that the agreement requires them to pay N.dollars 1 000 to the municipality every month.
The aim of them taking over the taxi ranks management is to ensure order, security and the smooth running of the business there.
Africa said the association will also manage the carwash at the loading zone, as well as keep the place clean.
Their business structure will comprise one rank manager, two loading masters, two cleaners and three carwash employees.
On Thursday last week, minibus operators at the rank decided to abandon that loading zone to operate illegally at the Engen Service Station, also known as the Swakop Truckport.
They complained that pirate taxis and vehicles not registered to transport passengers are robbing them of customers at that service station.
The aggrieved taxi drivers said it is unfair that people who are not paying transport levies should benefit from transporting passengers.
Our customers are being snatched by illegal operators at the service station, while we are waiting for days at the taxi rank.
We can no longer tolerate that, thus decided to come here too, one of the bus drivers told this reporter at the truckport.
Africa indicated that the association and the municipality will hold a meeting next Thursday to find a solution to the problem of the illegal loading of people at the truckport.
We need proper control at the truckport. Our operators are suffering because of illegal operators, and we therefore want the municipality and the owner of the truckport to stop people from operating there, he stated.
The NPPTA also manages taxi ranks for long-distance buses in Mariental, Keetmanshoop, Oshakati and Windhoek.