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Integrated transport necessary - mayors

2012-10-22 09:28

Johannesburg - There is a need for integrated transport system for three Gauteng municipalities, their mayors said on Monday.

"There is a compelling case for the greater collaboration..," said City of Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa.

During The New Age's Business Breakfast debate on SABC2, Ramokgopa said the current development of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system was an indication of the need to provide access to efficient transport between the metros.

BRT has been rolled out in the City of Johannesburg and it is yet to be rolled out in Tshwane.

Ekurhuleni Metro's Mayor Mondli Gungubele said the growth of Gauteng's economy needed a united approach rather than operating in isolation.

"We have identified that the seamless movement is key to economy...," said Gungubele.

The City of Johannesburg's Mayor Parks Tau said the city was working towards increasing funding through private-public partnership for infrastructure development and maintenance of ageing infrastructure.

BRT in the city is being rolled out in phases.

Comments
  • Poloyatonki1.lee - 2012-10-22 09:35

    Here in the western cape, areas like Helderberg are always excluded. MyCiti Bus wont be going that side anytime soon. Zille is only interested on developing the CBD.

      george.slade.161 - 2012-10-22 09:59

      Poloetc: Stop whinging like your ANC Caders : Be thankful for a working first world city : Your Bus whinge is happening --it IS expanding : These things take planning and time : I,m not in Helderberg , but one of your beloved ANC,s "leafy Suburbs" : I have no street light /NO public transport etc , buy I dont winge and DEMUND all day. If you are unhappy --move to where the busses are : The beloved ANC has made you a free agent --you can live wherever you want . Go DA

      frank.vankaapstad - 2012-10-22 09:59

      You are right Poloyatonki, Helderberg, being the financial hub of the Western Cape, should be given a MyCiti Bus before the CBD. How remiss of Zille. Understand this: when money is a constraint, you have to look at where return on investment is highest. In the Western Cape that would be in the CBD. If thereafter there is money left, then you upgrade Helderberg.

      loki.scribus - 2012-10-22 10:29

      You know what guys, Polo has a point actually. Public transport from anywhere outside the CBD to the CBD is dangerous and unreliable. Check out any smallish train station, like Stellenbosch or Somerset West... severely dodgy and only safe during peak travel times. As an alternative I once checked the price for a ticket from Stellenbosch to Bellville on one of these bus liners - it was something crazy like R200 for not even 25km (and not even a snack!!) The MyCiti infrastructure needs to expand - in this economy I don't want to saddle myself with debt of R100k just to afford a petrol-chugging car. Someone should also annihilate "al da f'n gangstaz, yo".

      Poloyatonki1.lee - 2012-10-22 10:47

      Andrez.kolesky... come man, you cant be serious. did i say anything about race?

      Willie - 2012-10-22 10:49

      Challenge her,just don't complain on this blogs,toyi-toying died during the dinosaurs era

      ivy.malema.3 - 2012-10-22 10:56

      And they claim that the Western Cape is well run. It is only for previously advantaged. Let the DA run Limpopo or Eastern Cape and see what will happen

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-22 10:57

      @Poloyatonki1.lee Sorry, you are correct, was too quick on the trigger there.

      george.slade.161 - 2012-10-22 11:28

      Got to Love it that MISS MALEMA from LIMPOPO Province now has to weigh In. Please stop calling us "Previously Advantaged" and replace with "Currently disadvantaged". Pls provide the Laptop Serial No as well .

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-22 11:32

      Helderberg will eventually get as well. Construction takes time.

  • matthias.kempgen - 2012-10-22 09:36

    And they realise this now????

      nrgx.nrg - 2012-10-22 10:23

      yup - the western cape last week announced their plans for an integrated public transport system...so...eish! that a good idea!

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-10-22 09:40

    Integrated transport is a counter revolutionary concept dervied by the DA. It is effiecient; something we cannot allow in this country

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-10-22 09:57

    The City of Johannesburg's Mayor Parks Tau said the city was working towards increasing funding through private-public partnership for infrastructure development and maintenance of ageing infrastructure....no this just irks me really why must the private sector cough up money for this?? If the Govt would stop spending taxpayers money on feeding their faces and counting rugs and cushions then maybe there would be money for this maintenance and infrastructure municipalites are also running dry cause Govt owe them millions in debt!!! And municipalities please also don't employ people who do nothing but sit around getting paid R15k a month for the past 6 yearsplus increase and bonus this money could also help

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-10-22 12:04

      And that was just a recap of last week. Then we get told to stop playing South Africa down (Truth hurts)

  • bevan.carpenter.1 - 2012-10-22 10:39

    Another up-in-the-clouds intention with poor execution. Another opportunity to implement another tax or levy and r@pe the poor consumers of what little money they are trying to survive off.

  • Julia Griffiths - 2012-10-22 10:56

    The municipalities as they are currently formulated can not even do the job right and are currently in a complete mess, how do they think they can achieve this. As is the present transport system is a failure, so who are they kidding?, themselves!

  • ludlowdj - 2012-10-22 11:02

    Although they are correct, why do I still smell a big fat juicy tender

  • thomas.more.946179 - 2012-10-22 11:15

    Just wonder where they will get reliable bus drivers. In Tshwane the current service is so unreliable, no wonder the roads are so congested. Maybe they should have spend the billions from the toll roads first on reliable bus services before this e-toll circus. Or maybe.... there were more money to make in the bribe department of e-tolling and now they target the second cow to milk.

  • freddie.jones.58367 - 2012-10-22 11:24

    "There is a compelling case for the greater collaboration..," said City of Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa." "We have identified that the seamless movement is key to economy...," said Gungubele." Isn't this an admission that the job is too big for the municipalities and should be done by the Gauteng Province?

      Werewabbit - 2012-10-22 11:58

      My understanding is that each Metro has its own public transport network that is manages. all that the Governor is saying is that these metros need to talk and plan together more. I agree, and i can't think why anyone wouldn't. i used to use the busses in DBN, and found that while the system was effective (if a little hap hazard at times) the biggest flaw was learning the system: the most important detail that was forgotten in DBN was the lack of bus route maps. Even the ticket offices had never seen one. I never questioned the safety of the system, just my ignorance of it.

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-10-22 12:12

      @Warren - I agree, I live close to a bus route for 13 years and have never seen a timetable, pricing table or a route map anywhere. Loads of adverts for newly released movies though.

  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-10-22 11:25

    I have a better idea: close all the metros down and turn Gauteng into one, big massive metro. By doing that, we will get rid of these ridiculous islands of corruption. Create one integrated development plan, cut the duplication and fire the incompetent.

  • Bfoq.Za - 2012-10-22 11:48

    Dear Mr Ayor of PRETORIA - get the current bus service up to standard amf fully operational first. Then, most probably, BRT would not be needed. Wasted money on name changes could be better spent on infra struture andtransport. Yet another shining example if incompetence and wasting of funds...

  • Bfoq.Za - 2012-10-22 11:48

    Dear Mr Ayor of PRETORIA - get the current bus service up to standard amf fully operational first. Then, most probably, BRT would not be needed. Wasted money on name changes could be better spent on infra struture andtransport. Yet another shining example if incompetence and wasting of funds...

  • paulo.teixeira.39948 - 2012-10-22 12:08

    TAA DAAAA-and now for next ground breaking feat-turning water into wine. Why state the obviaaas

  • conrad.marshall - 2012-10-22 12:26

    watch the tenderprenuers clamour for these contracts - which will lead to another failed white elephant system like the Gautrain.....

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-10-22 13:05

    Why is it taking so long or could it be that you are intimidated by taxi owners/drivers.We can allow our citizen be held at ransom by taxi owners who dont show regard to other road users, passengers and the well being of our countries economy - if you dont pay your taxes then you dont have a say - implement that so it boost the economy of this country

  • tempisfugit - 2012-10-23 10:51

    It would be nice if the winelands could also be integrated. A lot of people from the Helderberg and the Winelands areas work in Cape Town, public transport is not available to us.

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