02 Nov 2014 11:50am
WALVIS BAY, 02 NOV (NAMPA) The mayor of Walvis Bay, Uilika Nambahu on Thursday inaugurated a new rank for long distance minibuses at the harbour town.
The Walvis Municipality invested N.dollars 5 million in the construction of the rank to ensure order and security for both minibus operators and passengers.
It is located next to the Fire Brigade office, and can accommodate more than 40 minibuses transporting passengers from Walvis Bay to Windhoek and the northern regions such as Oshana, Oshikoto and Omusati.
The rank has shaded waiting areas, a washing bay, toilets, showers and business stalls.
Before the new facility was constructed, the loading and offloading of passengers and goods was done in a disorderly fashion in Kuisebmonds Korris Street.
Commuters who made use of the service experienced harassment and humiliation as amongst others their bags were snatched by bus operators and their assistants vying for customers.
This situation is now expected to be a thing of the past.
In her speech, Nambahu said the council responded to calls by bus operators and their clients for a proper business zone.
She said the public transport sector requires prudent and visionary analysis in order to craft workable and safer ways in which the movement of goods and services can be conducted.
The transport sector cannot be left to regulate itself. It carries the most valuable assets, which are our citizens and their goods, and this new rank was established in pursuance of the need to have permanent order, said the mayor.
She called for the facility to be kept clean and free of violence.
United Ocean Transport has been entrusted with the responsibility of administering the new rank.
Speaking on behalf of the transport company, Fillemon Paulus promised they would maintain order and also keep the new facility clean.
We are going to work closely with the police to make sure there are no fights or theft. On top of that we will also employ a security guard to watch over the place, Paulus said.
The construction of the new rank started in 2012 and was completed early 2014.