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Transport dept overspent by more than R100m on Gautrain

The Treasury has asked the dept to provide more evidence as to why it overspent its budget.

The Gautrain Management Agency has revealed plans to expand the service by 48 new coaches and adding 200km to its routes. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Transport Department said it overspent by more than R100 million on the development of the Gautrain to ensure its readiness for the 2010 soccer world cup and now it needs help.

The department faced the provincial legislature's public accounts committee yesterday to explain how that happened between 2005 and 2011.

Transport department Chief Financial Officer Sanele Zondi said the Gautrain was a great success during and after the world cup but there was pressure to complete the first phase by the friendly matches in 2009.

"The department transferred what Gautrain needed to spent, paying for that infrastructure at that point in time, so the department is out of pocket but Gautrain is not out of pocket."

He said the department is now trying to obtain funding from the provincial treasury.

The committee has asked the department to provide more evidence as to why it overspent its budget.

At the same time Zondi said the department has not overspent its budget in the past three years.

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