UPDATE: Hammanskraal parents, taxi drivers not happy with A re yeng deal

Taxi drivers have joined Hammanskraal parents in opposition the decision by the Tshwane metro to stop taxis from travelling to the CBD.

On Sunday, the parents of affected children met a group of taxi drivers in Hammanskraal to discuss how to challenge the decision.

Last month the metro announced taxis from Hammanskraal would no longer drive into the CBD under a deal struck between it and taxi associations.

Under the deal, taxis from Hammanskraal would only go only as far as the Wonderboom A Re Yeng bus station from where commuters would be bused into the CBD.

The parents said they would gather again to submit the complaint to Tshwane House this week.

A mother of two, who asked to remain anonymous, said previously this deal had not taken the needs of children into consideration.

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“I am worried about my eight- and 10-year-old children who are schooling in Capital Park. Who is going to make sure they get out of the taxis safely, get onto the right bus, get off at the right station and walk a distance to school?”

She said her children were transported by taxi from Hammanskraal and dropped off safely right at the school gate.

“The bus is not going to drop them off at the school. What if they get hit by cars skipping traffic lights or get lost?”

The taxi bosses were happy with the decision, but drivers seemed to have a different opinion.

A taxi driver who also wanted to remain anonymous said it was worrying that primary school learners would have to negotiate busy roads to get to school.

MMC for roads and transport Sheila Senkubunye said the metro would compensate taxi owners for the 10km distance they would forfeit by terminating at Wonderboom.

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She did not disclose how much the metro would pay but according to parents, taxis would be paid R15 000 each a month.

“They don’t care about the well-being of our children because this deal would benefit them.”

The taxis from Hammanskraal are expected to end their trip to Pretoria at Wonderboom from next year.


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