Secunda Mall Area Nightmare

Taxis are washed there and certain employees think it is fine to lie on the grass (between the two roads of PDP Kruger Street) during lunch and leave their garbage on the grass for the not-so-helpful municipality to pick up.

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The Bulletin Newspaper

There was big excitement when Secunda Mall opened in 2014, but with excitement comes frustrations.
There has been broken into several cars in the mall’s parking area over the years and now taxis and buses stopping to drop off or pick up employees in Oliver Tambo drive are causing havoc, especially during heavy traffic. Taxis are washed there and certain employees think it is fine to lie on the grass (between the two roads of PDP Kruger Street) during lunch and leave their garbage on the grass for the not-so-helpful municipality to pick up.
“We are aware of the problem and are motivating tenants to make use of the staff eating area that we have created in back of house. This was done to assist stores that do not have the capacity to host their own staff canteens,” Jani Zaayman, Marketing Manager of Secunda Mall said.
She also said that Secunda Mall was built with a dedicated undercover taxi area that can be located at the entrance at Kuschke Street.
Govan Mbeki Municipality seems incapable to address the taxi issue in Helen Joseph street. Traffic officers are afraid to address the issue and so is the council. Any attempt to address the issue is met with aggression from the taxi drivers. The situation is frustrating more and more road users as Taxis will close one lane of the road for their own use on a daily basis. Taxis also refuse to utilize the dedicated undercover taxi area and the reason for this is not known to the Bulletin at the time of writing this article. A regular occurrence is the taxis and busses that just stop anywhere to upload passengers. A new phenomenon is taxis that use the actual traffic circle as their pickup and drop-off point.
The Bulletin will meet with Mall management to try and work on possible solutions to address the taxi problem. Gwendie Venter

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