City to take back Durban Transport

2015-02-26 00:00

DURBAN Transport — long plagued by badly run private contracting firms who often ended up broke — will now become a municipal entity.

The city council accepted a report to absorb the public transport system after the relationship with its current operator, Tansnat CC, completely broke down with the company in arrears to the city in excess of R52 million. It is owned by taxi boss Mandla Gcaba, a nephew of President Jacob Zuma.

Gcaba took over the service in 2009 from Remant Alton, which was run by controversial developer Jay Singh.

The businessman ran Durban Transport for nearly a decade, and also ran into financial problems.

City manager Sbu Sithole said: “We have seen over the years that the privatisation of Durban Transport hasn’t really been successful. This is a step in the right direction.

“But the big provision we are including is that we must run this public sector transport system using private sector principals of assuring the general public about the safety, reliability and quality of the service,” said Sithole.

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