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Gauteng working towards single transport authority

David Makhura says commuters will soon use one ticket across different modes of public transport.

Gauteng Premier, David Makhura. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura says the province will soon launch a single transport authority allowing commuters to use one ticket across the different modes of public transport.

The premier delivered his budget debate in the provincial legislature today where he explained his plans for his office's budget for the 2016/ 2017 financial year.

Makhura also tackled issues of unemployment, corruption and protests.

He says his government is working to amend the National Land Transport Act, and as soon as that's done, plans to implement a single transport authority will get underway.

"We will launch a single transport authority soon, with a single ticket for all transport modes in the province."

But the opposition was skeptical of how exactly this would work.

The Economic Freedom Fighters' Ntobeng Ntobeng says, "You can hardly develop and formalise the taxi industry - you can't even get them to a boardroom - so I wonder how you are going to achieve that."

But Makhura responded by saying they have a formula that's going to take the taxi industry forward and talks have begun.