Saturday, August 29, 2009

Gauteng Officials Say BRT Will Open As Expected

Nomvula Mokonyane, premier of Gauteng Province has vowed to ensure the new bus rapid transit system in Johannesburg will open as expected, despite threats of taxi strikes in an effort to block the system's opening August 31.

Premier Mokonyane said the city authorities will not bow to the threats. "We want to assure the people of Gauteng that we are determined to protect them. Law enforcement authorities will stand ready to deal with any disruptions that may occur," Ms Mokonyane said, while addressing reporters at one of the BRT stations in Ellis Park.

"No permission has been sought for the strike and any public gathering that seeks to undermine the process (BRT launch) will be dealt with," Premier Mokonyane added. She said the City of Johannesburg will also oppose any legal action by taxi operators to block the launch of the BRT.

South Africa: Joburg Ready to Launch BRT - Mokonyane
Bua News
August 27, 2009