The City of Cape Town’s Transport Directorate is working on a project that will provide a new and safer taxi embayment area opposite Luzuko Primary School in Gugulethu. It will include a raised pedestrian crossing for scholars and residents to cross the road safely. The project will commence on Thursday, 30 September 2021.

The City of Cape Town’s Transport Planning team conducted a transport management study about the safety of learners crossing Ngambu Road when going to the Luzuko Primary School in Gugulethu.

The study identified a safety issue with this crossing, also, that there is inadequate stopping space to load the children.

‘The outcome of the transport management study recommended an embayment opposite Luzuko Primary School, and we are pleased that we can address this need. Improving pedestrian road safety, especially outside of a school, will always be a top priority for us. This taxi embayment will make provision for three taxis to stop at a time. Apart from the raised pedestrian crossing, a retaining wall to separate the embayment from the railway tracks will also be constructed to secure the area even further,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Councillor Rob Quintas.

It is foreseen that the construction period will consist of approximately 29 working days, including Saturdays. Thus, the work should conclude by mid-November if all goes according to plan.

The City is investing R430 000 into this project and local residents will also benefit from temporary employment and training opportunities.

The contractor has employed people from the local subcouncil database and has trained six local labourers in two courses which included a brick and kerb laying course, as well as Occupational Health and Safety training.

The construction work of the taxi embayment will include the following:

  • Removal of existing kerb
  • Construction of new layer works and new kerbs
  • Installation of a retaining wall at the back of the taxi embayment
  • Asphalting of the embayment
  • Installation of a road sign and road marking