I fully support the ideas expressed by Stephen de Stadler in his MY HOME column in The Village NEWS of 19 June (Hermanus would benefit from public transport).

A number of positive initiatives emerged from the negative actions of worker strikes, road closures and damage to facilities at the beginning of last year, such as the plans for the mixed-housing scheme in Schulphoek, the micro-finance and mentor support scheme for small-scale business ventures and the start-up of the Hermanus Varsity services.

A further necessary action to improve living and working conditions for the inhabitants of the Greater Hermanus area will be the introduction of a public transport service.

Anyone travelling towards Voëlklip on the main road from Fisherhaven, Hawston, Onrusrivier, Mount Pleasant, the industrial and central business area, will observe the number of people begging for lifts. At the same time a number of taxi buses are parked in the central business area.

My request is that the Hermanus Business Chamber engage the Overstrand Municipality on ways to introduce a daily public transport service on the main road, running at advertised intervals.

From experience in other cities, such a service will normally require some subsidies from the municipality, which in principle can be funded from modest increases in the rates and taxes of business and private property owners.

Another approach might be to contract taxi owner(s) to start the service until a municipality-funded and -managed service can start to operate.

I am hopeful that members of the business community and general public will support the idea of a public transport service in Greater Hermanus which will certainly further boost the positive living conditions of all its inhabitants and visitors.

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