RRT paving the way
Rustenburg – Two completed Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) bus stations were handed over to the Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM) on Friday 4 September as the new public transport system continues to take shape.
A lease agreement was also signed between Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) and contractor Busmark, in a development that will pave way for the arrival and use of the 10 buses that will be used to kickstart the public transport system.
RLM executive mayor councillor Mpho Khunou, senior municipality officials and representatives from the Taxi Negotiating Forum (TNF) attended the handover. Although the new transport system is yet to take off, the construction of the stations has created about 177 jobs while about 38 small medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) have also been involved in the construction of RRT infrastructure. Sixteen of the remaining stations are expected to be completed before the official launch of the RRT’s first phase and will see the transport system operating in Tlhabane, Geelhout Park, Rustenburg East, Waterfall Mall, Safari Gardens, Cashan and other parts of the central business district (CBD).
“I would like to commend the RRT team for their sterling work from the inception of the project,” the mayor said. “We also wish to express our gratitude to the contractors, labourers and the local public transport operators for their contribution towards our overall agenda for a world class city.”
TNF chairman Herman Sebego, who described the handover of the two stations as a momentous occasion, said issues regarding the financial compensation of taxi operators who will lose their source of income when the RRT takes off must be tabled for discussions.
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