Rustenburg gets R3bn transport system
Johannesburg - A R3bn rapid transport system has been launched in Rustenburg in the North West, the municipality said on Friday.
Rustenburg Mayor Mpho Khunou said the project was not just about public transport.
"This project is for the people of Rustenburg. It is a means of encouraging more settlement patterns, CBD regeneration and development along the Rustenburg rapid transport corridors.
"It is about jobs, it is about improving the quality of lives and the quality of the environment," said Khunou, at the launch of the project on Thursday.
He said the rapid transport system was expected to transport 200 000 people daily once fully operational in 2015.
The municipality would ensure that no legitimate jobs would be lost as a result of the transport system.
"Primary partners will be taxi and bus operators who are currently providing service in the municipality," he said, adding that the municipality would negotiate contracts with operators.
"Negotiations with the bus and taxi associations have already begun, and I am confident that we will create a fruitful partnership for all members concerned."
Companies involved in the project would have to be based in Rustenburg, have a branch there, or partner a Rustenburg-based business and must spent 25% of the contract value in Rustenburg.
The project went through an initial feasibility phase in 2010.
Funding was secured from the national treasury and the project was now in the design and planning phase with construction expected to start in 2012, Khunou said.