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Ekurhuleni mayor commends taxi industry for involvement in new BRT system

The Ekurhuleni municipality has allowed taxi owners to buy in to the new BRT Harambee System.

New Ekhuruleni Bus rapid transit bus Harambee. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor Mzwandile Masina says he would like to commend the taxi industry for their involvement in the new BRT Harambee System.

Masina was speaking in Tembisa on Wednesday after testing the first phase of the bus rapid transport system.

The municipality has allowed taxi owners to buy in to the new bus system with most of the men and women trained to drive the buses being former taxi drivers.

Masina says taxi drivers have proven sceptics wrong by deciding to work with them on this venture.

“You are always known and associated with violence. I can safely say that in Ekurhuleni there is no such thing.”

Masina says the government want to form a 50/50 partnership with taxi owners who have showed interest.

“I’m told that by the time taxi associations conclude there will be a 50/50 [partnership]. There will be about 270 buses running throughout the network.”

The mayor says routes between Kempton Park, Isando, Tembisa, Boksburg and Vosloorus have already been confirmed.

[WATCH] Ekurhuleni tests long-awaited BRT system

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)