October is Transport Month. ANC Ekurhuleni Caucus’ Chief Whip Cllr Jongizizwe Dlabathi and the entire Exco Whippery members conducted a site inspection on IRPTN project in Tembisa on Friday, 04 October 2019.
The purpose of the site inspection was to monitor the progress of the City’s Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network (IRPTN) project.
When the new administration took over in 2016, it took a resolve that it must conduct strong political oversite on all the City’s flagship projects and IRPTN is one of them. ANC caucus believes IRPTN infrastructural development is a game changer because it stands to benefit the residents of Ekurhuleni trough improved transport system.
ANC caucus has noted some developments in other bus stations but raised concerns about the slow pace of development in the IRPTN infrastructural project.
“We are noting that there’s some movement in some stations, particularly Rabasotho Bus Station which is the main station and station No 19. We are encouraged that there is now some willingness to deal with the issue of infrastructure.
However, we are concerned about the fact that the infrastructure is not entirely completed and it is almost three years of this administration but the infrastructural development is showing slow progress. That is a worrying factor for us because without proper infrastructure it will be difficult to fully operationalize the project,” said ANC Ekurhuleni Chief Whip Cllr Jongizizwe Dlabathi.
The IRPTN aims to transform public transport within Ekurhuleni, providing an affordable, yet high-quality public transport system in line with national policy. Its main objective is to provide a new and attractive transport network that includes road and rail public transport that serves the needs of the people of Ekurhuleni as a whole.
Limited service of the Harambee BRT system started in October 2017.
Because of a massive demand for this development, The City will introduce at-least new 22 buses to improve its operations later this month.
ANC Caucus started the site inspection by riding the Harambee bus from Tembisa Hospital to Harambee Operation Centre in Kempton Park and observed how the operations are managed.
“We will put our report in writing and give it to the City’s Executive with our observations. Most importantly, we will make our input, as to what we think should be done in order to correct some of the observations. We have noted some good and weaknesses in the project.
We are not entirely satisfied with the project because it affects the efficiency and professional manner in which the operations are taking place. However, we are encouraged by the improvement that we are seeing in addressing the infrastructure that has been outstanding for some time. We are encourage by the fact that buses are on the road in particular the great demand to OR Tambo International Airport and coming back to the township,” Dlabathi added.
ANC Ekurhuleni Caucus also conducted site visit to Germiston Lake and Germiston Stadium. Germiston Stadium was build 42 years ago. ANC Caucus believes that there should also be focus maintenance and infrastructural development on both Germiston Lake and Germiston Stadium.