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Millions to benefit from bus service in Ekurhuleni

L Ramatlakane

The ANC is pleased that over three million Ekurhuleni citizens are to benefit from the bus rapid transit (BRT) system, Harambee, which is 100% owned by taxi operators, as from July 2017 this year. Ekurhuleni is the last metro in Gauteng to have a BRT system which is set to change the face of public transport and infrastructure in the region.

The city launched routes and systems of the phase one of the BRT on 7 February 2016 which included the testing of the buses and route between Kempton Park and Tembisa. The testing of the BRT system with infrastructure costing R800m, would commence with eight buses.

The next phase of the system according to the Mayor of Ekurhuleni Mzwandile Masina, will commence in the operation of 40 buses in the area of Tembisa and Kempton Park. The new buses will connect the nine towns of Benoni, Germiston, Springs, Kempton Park, Edenvale, Nigel, Brakpan, Boksburg and Alberton that make up Ekurhuleni and are part of moves to overcome the problems created by apartheid spatial planning.

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