After several consultations with Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande, the George municipality is set to roll out the Go George rapid transport system to struggling communities of the southern Cape town.
The 4B phase roll-out, which is expected to start on Sunday, is lined up for communities who had up to now been excluded from the rapid transport system.
The move comes after the George town council was reprimanded by the national department of transport for not rolling out another phase of the system and facing the prospect of national grant funding being withdrawn.
On Thursday, Nzimande said: “All citizens of George are entitled to a safe, reliable, scheduled and accessible transport service.”
George council committee for integrated public transport member Alderman Bazil Petrus welcomed the national minister’s visit and his assistance with the consultation process to ensure future progressive roll-outs of the next Go George phases.
The communities of Lawaaikamp, Blanco, and Thembalethu embraced the long-awaited service to their areas.
Desmond Peters, 46, of Lawaaikamp, said: “We have been waiting for too long. Our struggling communities have been excluded. We relied on taxis every day.”
– African News Agency