Minister urges to suspend plans of George Integrated Public Transport Network

by Marie Rodriguez

Transport Minister Blade Nzimande has requested the Western Cape Provincial Government to droop plans to rollout Phase 4B of the George Integrated Public Transport Network (GIPTN).

The Minister Nzimande became responding to a letter sent by the Western Cape MEC for Transport Donald Grant, informing him of the supposed roll-out of the GIPTN on Sunday, 28 April 2019.

The GIPTN is a partnership mission among the Western Cape Government, the Municipality of George, and the countrywide authorities to set up a great, scheduled bus carrier in George.

In the letter dated 1 April 2019, MEC Grant, indicated that the George Municipality has skipped the implementation of Phase 4A of the GIPTN as a result of the failure by way of the municipality to advantage the support of UNIDO Taxi Association and the Taxi Commuter Forum (TCF).

“These are the two critical structures representing the taxi operators and the commuting public within the Thembalethu Township wherein the roll-out of Phase 4A of the task turned into to be carried out earlier than Phase 4B as in step with the unique plan.

“The support of the taxi operators and the commuter forum which might be probably to be laid low with the rollout of the Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN) mainly, and the network is widespread, is important for the successful rollout of the structures,” Nzimande said, in responding to MEC Grant’s letter.

The Minister said that at the same time as the authorities entreated all municipalities supported by way of the branch thru the Public Transport Network Grant (PTNG), to accelerate IPTN’s implementation, this can’t be performed on the exclusion of the taxi industry transition, that is an essential aspect of the IPTN’s.

“Skipping Phase 4A of the GIPTN Project so that it will serve the groups of Thembalethu and continue to (Phase 4B), that encompasses Parkdene, Borcherds, Conville, Lawaaikamp, and Ballotsview, will no longer only cause divisions among the groups but will further delay the implementation of this project,” Nzimande stated.

Minister Nzimande will avail extra capability, from the Department of Transport, to make sure that the George Integrated Public Transport community challenges are resolved so that the authentic plan to roll out Phase 4A first and then Phase 4B is adhered to.

Minister Nzimande will maintain a stakeholder engagement meeting at Thembalethu in George on 26 April 2019, to quick contributors of the community approximately the blessings of this Integrated Public Transport Network and it’s capacity to make sure a safe, reliable and dignified public shipping service for all the George groups.

In addition, the reason for this engagement by means of the Minister might be to underline the significance of an inclusive technique within the implementation of the IPTNs in all taking part municipalities.

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