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CT adopts new transport bylaw

The Transport for Cape Town Bylaw is aimed at fully integrating all transport systems.

MyCiti bus service. Picture: City of Cape Town

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town said on Wednesday its adoption of the new Transport for Cape Town Bylaw of 2013 is a vital step towards a fully integrated the entire public transport system.

The bylaw, which was approved in Parliament this week, will allow for the development of an integrated transport network, which includes bus, rail, metered and mini bus taxis.

The city's Brett Herron said, "The bylaw establishes the governance structure and provides the direction for transport for Cape Town. It means we now have, embedded in legislation, a commitment to integrated public transport."

UNDERSPENDING

At the same time, the city has denied claims by the African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape that it underspent on its 2012/13 budget.

The ANC on Wednesday called on city bosses to apologise to the public for lying about spending 92 percent of its budget, claiming a little more than 85 percent of the money was actually spent.

The party's Xolani Sotashe said, "You can go and check the Provincial Gazettes of the Western Cape, issued by MEC Alan Winde. It confirms that the City of Cape Town has only spent 85.3 percent of its capital budget. Close to R1 billion has not been spent and we're asking where this money is."

Cape Town's Deputy Mayor Ian Nielsen has denied the ANC's claims.

"They are referring to a document that reflected the actual accounted amount at 30 June 2013. But that was not the final figure for the financial year as further invoices still had to be processed."

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