An overall budget of R17-million has been allocated for the upgrading of taxi ranks in and around Brits for the financial year 2016-2017.

It is an open secret that taxi ranks have become the nerve centre of economic activity for hawkers selling foodstuffs and other paraphenalia such as rugby, soccer and cricket T-shirts.

The taxi industry itself employs hundreds of drivers, who often end up owning their own vehicles.

Suffice to say some of the veteran ladies who sell food at taxi ranks also ended up owning a fleet, too.

In terms of the Madibeng Local Municipality latest budget, upgrading for the main bus and taxi rank in Brits has been allocated a budget of R8-million.

Upgrading work on the Oukasie, Hebron and Letlhabile taxi ranks have been allocated a budget of R3-million each.

Additional funds of R3-million have been set aside for the Oukasie taxi rank, for the financial year 2017-2018.

In addition to the 2016-2017 budget allocation, a total of R7-million each has been set aside for the upgrading of taxi ranks in Letlhabile and Hebron.