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Gauteng Premier launches Denneboom transport project

Makhura says the pilot project includes a mall in Mamelodi where 600 street vendors will be accommodated.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura applauded the taxi industry for meeting with govt in a peaceful manner. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura has launched the Denneboom Public Transport Interchange Project, which aims to integrate the taxi industry and public transport network.

Earlier this year, deadly violence spilled onto the streets when taxi associations in Mamelodi fought over routes after the city contracted Autopax to operate in the area.

Makhura says this pilot project also includes a mall in Mamelodi where 600 street vendors will be accommodated and given assistance to grow their businesses.

Makhura has applauded the taxi industry for meeting with government in a peaceful manner, to start this pilot project.

He says it will see 1,600 taxi drivers working in tandem with public transport like trains and busses in the area.

Makhura says the experiment aims to show the country that taxi bosses can operate in peace.

"It shows that the taxi industry can stop violence, can end conflict and that the taxi leaders can work together with government to build a better public transport system."

The premier has assured the taxi industry and the community that local government will listen to the people and won't only be visible before elections.