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Pretoria – Hamanskraal residents, motorists and taxi operators were delighted to see local and provincial government officials united to put their needs first as they also made service delivery promises.
They reveled as MEC for public transport and road infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo and his Tshwane town counterpart Dikeledi Selowa rolled up their sleeves to put on the actual work on Saturday.
Residents and members of the taxi industry in the area north of Pretoria gathered at various locations to see officials helping repair potholes and maintaining roads across the township, while motorists and taxi operators have been helped with troublesome application windows to renew driver’s licenses.
This was complemented by the establishment of two vaccination sites at taxi ranks in Kopanong and Jubilee, where taxi drivers and passengers lined up to register to receive the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
Tshwane taxi industry spokesperson in the South African National Taxi Council and National Taxi Alliance, McDonald Makata, praised Mamabolo and Selowa for drawing crowds to taxi stands.
He praised the actions of the politicians, who saw many members of the Temba Taxi Association and their passengers braving the heat of Hammanskraal to receive their beating, then making arrangements with representatives of the Cooperation for maintenance. of road traffic to renew their driving licenses.
Makata said, “As a taxi industry, we are truly blessed and appreciate this initiative taken by MEC Mamabolo because he is the person of the people. He listens when we speak and it is for the comfort of our drivers as it helps a lot as they spend 16 hours on the road.
“The reason you see a lot of drivers getting vaccinated today is because the services are closer to them. Now when they’re done, they’ll go apply for a slot to renew their driver’s license, which we appreciate because doing it themselves online was just a nightmare.
“Couple that with the initiative to patch up the potholes here in Hammanskraal and we are very happy because they were no longer potholes but pure holes. We will save on vehicle maintenance costs. It says a lot that MEC really thinks about the taxi industry like this.
Among the passengers who took their vaccines were Mike Boredi and Noma Mathunzi, who said they procrastinated because the vaccination sites seemed a bit too isolated.
Mathunzi said, “As a woman, I am also happy to see such a great service to our people, especially at a time when a woman like MMC Selowa is among the men, showing leadership and inspiring us and our people. girls that women too can lead and provide services to the population.
Selowa said they were making an initiative of the provincial government, where the city was involved in road maintenance. Road works intensified as the Mamabolo department also stepped in to repair roads that belong to the provincial government in the Hammanskraal region, she said.
“The problem with Hammanskraal is that it’s a flat land with a lot of groundwater, so it’s not just about providing roads to Hammanskraal, but what we do in our different projects, c is that we are installing rainwater infrastructure.
“When you build a road without the stormwater infrastructure here in Hammanskraal, the water is going to eat away at the road that is going to be there. Now in our planning we include storm water infrastructure so that we don’t have flooded houses. “
Motorist Dan Letsatsi said that Hammanskraal is the home of potholes and seeing all the roads, big and small, aggressively redeveloped over a weekend is impressive and encouraging.
Mamabolo said it was part of the Smart Mobility Weekends department project which has traveled to all municipalities in Gauteng and made its final stop in Tshwane after starting in Bronkhorstspruit last weekend.
He said: “The new addition is the vaccination program, and already the level of response is very good. We have also added the Request A Slot campaign and we are happy with the response as well.
“I am very happy to report that since we started with the Request A Slot campaign a few days ago, we have seen 9,600 requests made by the public.
“We told people you would wait 30 days to get your slots, but in just seven days we have already issued 7,400 out of the 9,600 slots. The remaining 2,200 will get their slots in the coming week. “