Overview | Profile | Projects

jda_bara2The upgrade to the Bara taxi rank was completed and officially handed over to the community in October 2008. It took six years and five phases, but today the Baragwanath Public Transport Facility and Traders Market plays an important role in the economic redevelopment of the area.

The project also links Soweto to the city centre and, it is hoped, will be a catalyst for commercial activity.

The first phase entailed the realignment of Chris Hani Road – then called Old Potch Road. The R10-million phase had to be finished before the others could begin and involved shifting the road to the south to run against the hospital's boundary wall to make way for the new taxi rank and informal traders' market. It was completed in November 2003.

Today, this impressive concrete construction stretches across about three blocks in an east to west direction. It consists of new bus and taxi ranking for vehicles, undercover protection for commuters and proper informal trader areas, also under-roof.

Pedestrians are protected from the elements by covered walkways throughout; ablution blocks have been added; while small offices, meeting and recreation rooms bring an air of professionality to the facility.

A pedestrian bridge over the busy Chris Hani Road now connects the rank with the new reception areas of the hospital on the eastern side of the facility. Along the western end, under-roof parking and trading areas accommodate long-distance taxis and buses as well as link to the nearby Lesedi Clinic.

The area is further enhanced with public art and beautiful colourful mosaics, giving it a truly classy African flair and feel. The whole facility is under 24-hour security and CCTV camera surveillance complete with its own control room.

The hub will eventually be part of the City's ambitious Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit system, which will in turn feed into the Gautrain Rapid Rail link.