Wednesday, May 6, 2009

SA Acquiring More Buses Ahead of 2010

Buses and public transport are cited by Transport Minister Jeff Radebe as a major compnent of South Africa's preparations for the 2010 World CUp. Acquiring and leasing buses and coaches for the event is expected to pick up in the year leading up to the event.

In addition, Government is putting a guarantee of R 1.4-billion for the purpose of acquiring 570 buses.

A total of 110 general spectator buses, 168 semi-luxury coaches and 292 Intercity buses will be acquired for the World Cup.

Mr Radebe explained that an additional 260 buses will be leased from the industry, 250 for general spectator services and 10 semi-luxury coaches, bringing the total fleet to 830 for the 2010 bus and coach services to be provided by government.

He said a critical component of South Africa’s transport preparations for the World Cup was the provision of transport infrastructure, but most importantly the provision of the various modes of public transportation.

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