Today’s official opening of the multi-million rand Maphumulo taxi rank and market stalls marks an important chapter in the lives of residents in the small rural municipality of Maphumulo. The opening ceremony was led by KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Mxolisi Kaunda.
The construction of the taxi rank to the tune of R8.7-million was funded by the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs under the leadership of MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube. This investment is part of a broader strategy to transform the small town of Maphumulo through the construction of key public infrastructure like roads and sidewalks.
“We have to date invested over R25- million in this small town alone to ensure that we realise the objectives of local economic development which will ultimately uplift the lives of Maphumulo’s residents and encourage businesses to create jobs in this municipality,” said MEC Dube-Ncube.
During the official opening, MEC Kaunda, urged residents to ensure that they protect this vital infrastructure. “We have a serious scourge in the province where people vandalise government infrastructure in the name of protests. We urge all of you to ensure that you protect this infrastructure that our government has brought to you,” said Kaunda.
MEC Kaunda further urged residents to take great precaution on the roads during the festive season.