MEC has hope for future of public transport in province

2017-11-01 06:01
The provincial commissioner, Peter Shivuru (left) with MEC Pauline Williams, leading the delegation of senior managers and stakeholders during the launch of “Take Public Transport to Work Day” on Tuesday, 17 October. Photo: Supplied

The provincial commissioner, Peter Shivuru (left) with MEC Pauline Williams, leading the delegation of senior managers and stakeholders during the launch of “Take Public Transport to Work Day” on Tuesday, 17 October. Photo: Supplied

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Public transport continues to be identified as one of the more affordable modes of transport and a remedy for traffic congestion.

Although there is still room for improvement in terms of good road safety practice within the Northern Cape, the situation is already fairly impressive, according to Pauline Williams, Northern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison.

She made this statement in her review of the state of public transport.

Williams led a delegation of senior managers and stakeholders at the launch of “Take Public Transport to Work Day” on Tuesday, 17 October.

Zwane Nkonki (provincial chairperson of the South African National Taxi Council), Lt.Gen. Peter Shivuri (SAPS provincial commissioner) and Moeketsi Dichaba (head of department) were also present.

In promoting public transport and analysing the state of the industry, Williams received first-hand experience and information through engagement with commuters and operators on the day.

The campaign forms part of the department’s efforts in promoting various modes of transport during October, which is considered Transport Month.

“The experience was fairly good, but there is still more that can be done to improve the industry and experience of the commu-ters and operators,” said the MEC.

“Most of the taxis we utilised today were in good, clean condition, but passengers were not wearing seat belts. Some taxis used drums or unattached chairs for extra sitting space, which is neither legal nor safe. Some commuters indicated that communication skills can be improved for some drivers and driver assistants.”

She said through further consultation and engagement in developing and improving public transport in the province, provision of transport on routes will have to be looked into to ensure routes are not too saturated and are profitable for operators.

Williams indicated that the picture was not too gloomy, as some operators showed understanding and had a vision for their business, including efficient client service.

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