Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

Roll-out of Rea Vaya’s final phase delayed

The roll-out of the final phase of the bus-rapid transit (BRT) system will be delayed by two weeks, Johannesburg mayor Amos Masondo announced on Friday.

“After listening to the concerns raised in the meeting [with taxi operators], the [City of Johannesburg] has agreed to delay the implementation of the feeder buses for a period of two weeks,” he said.

The city was supposed to begin implementing the final phase of the BRT from March 1 to May.

The decision to delay the implementation came after taxi operators called off a strike that was planned for Thursday.

The United Taxi Association Forum (Utaf) and South African Commuter Organisation met Masondo, who was accompanied by the mayoral committee for transport, on Thursday evening.

The city said Utaf members raised concerns with the Rea Vaya BRT roll-out and in particular with the planned roll-out of feeder buses.

They further indicated that they felt left out of the negotiation process.

“I welcome the decision of further affected taxi operators to come into a negotiation process with the city where differences can be reconciled.

“These two weeks should give sufficient time for affected operators to make significant progress in ensuring that there is co-existence between the Rea Vaya BRT and some sections of the taxi industry that presently feel excluded,” Masondo said.

The city said it had always involved the taxi industry in the Rea Vaya project, with a significant number of affected operators, since August 2009.

However, in line with its approach to be as inclusive as possible, the city agreed to the postponement to get further taxi operators on board.

“We do not foresee this as a setback in the negotiation process,” said member of the mayoral committee for transport Rehana Moosajee.

She said the project was on track and would be ready to transport Soccer World Cup spectators in June and serve the people of Johannesburg. — Sapa

Subscribe for R500/year

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them and get a 57% discount in your first year.

Related stories

WELCOME TO YOUR M&G

If you’re reading this, you clearly have great taste

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, and get more great reads.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here

Advertising

Subscribers only

The Democratic Alliance and illiberal liberalism’s glass ceiling

The DA appears to have abandoned its ambitions of 2016 and is set to lose further ground in the upcoming elections

Canna-business deal for Ingonyama Trust land

Foreign investment has been lined up for a joint venture with the Ingonyama Trust Board, which administers tribal land for the Zulu monarch

More top stories

The Democratic Alliance and illiberal liberalism’s glass ceiling

The DA appears to have abandoned its ambitions of 2016 and is set to lose further ground in the upcoming elections

ANC Durban election candidate shot dead while on door-to-door campaign

One other man was shot dead and two others were rushed to hospital with gunshot wounds

Rule of law drops globally, including in South Africa

Security and corruption prevents the country from ranking higher on the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index for 2021

Slice of life: ‘I can read nine or 10 books...

David van der Westhuizen, a street bookseller based at the KwaZulu-Natal Society of the Arts Gallery in Durban, tells Paddy Harper how he survives unemployment
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…
×