Ekurhuleni’s Harambee bus fleet gets more routes

The City of Ekurhuleni has today increased its Harambee bus fleet to 22 which will connect 17 townships with reliable public transport.

The bus service is currently operational on two complimentary routes with the third commencing on Monday 28 October in Tembisa.

Mayor Mzwandile Masina said he was proud of what the project had achieved so far considering the challenges it had in 2016 when he first visited the depot.

“The City is proud to provide a world-class integrated Rapid Public Transport Network that is set to improve the lifestyle of its people”, said Mayor Masina.

Premier David Makhura said he liked the Ekurhuleni bus model because it is demand driven.

“We cannot afford to have the buses run around empty because many of our people want transport in areas where they work to get to where they stay. As we modernize our public transport we are also modernizing the manufacturing sector in Ekurhuleni,” added Premier Makhura.

Minister for Transport, Fikile Mbalula said the participation of the taxi industry in the implementation of the integrated Public Transport Network projects was imperative at ensuring that the industry was able to directly benefit from the government public transport infrastructure.

“We will change the face of public transport to become a seamless form of travel. Seamless travel must be as a result of full integration with other modes of transport such as taxis. We want the taxi industry to grow, we want the taxi industry to be regulated so that they can support this particular industry in the context of expanding public transport in our country”, said Mbalula.

Source: Gauteng Province