Transport Month

City of Tshwane celebrates 20 years of transport services

Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa at the launch of Transport Month
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National Transport Month was launched in Tshwane this morning. This year’s theme is “Celebrating 20 years delivering efficient, reliable and safe transport services”.

Speaking at the launch, the Executive Mayor, Kgosientso Ramokgopa, said the City was working towards rectifying the apartheid legacy of confining particular groups to a certain space. This would ensure that workers would not spend 70% of their income on transport to work and centres of economic activity.

He said the City was being revamped to encourage mobility by creating better walkways and cycling paths. He said it would also create a low-carbon economy. He added that the city’s A Re Yeng project would help reduce carbon emissions, as CNG fuel would be used for at least 30 percent of its fleet.

Delivering the keynote address, Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters, said large numbers of commuters in the north-east area of Tshwane were travelling daily by bus over long distances with excessive travel times and at high cost to both government and the commuters. She said about 35 000 commuters were being transported by 536 buses in one direction in the morning and in the opposite direction in the evening along the Moloto Corridor.

She said this situation was worsened by the lack of local economic development, with the concomitant lack of job opportunities along the corridor. Commuters spent long hours in transit, with some in extreme cases spending up to seven hours per day on buses. Road safety was also an issue along the corridor. “The Department has conducted a feasibility study into options to mitigate the situation,” she said.

She said the project had been registered with Treasury as a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) and the feasibility study was being carried out. The project also forms part of the Strategic Integrated Project 1 of the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Committee which is aimed at unlocking the Northern Mineral Belt. The target date for the completion of the study is March 2014.

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