"It's important that peace is restored" - Transport MEC Vadi

As South Africa commemorates Transport Month this month, Transport MEC Ismail Vadi explains how work is ongoing in Gauteng to transform and modernise public transport.

The MEC outlined current focus areas for the Province which include approvals from National Treaury for expansion of the Gautrain system, implementing new BRT routes in Joburg and launching the first phase of the Harambee system in Ekurhuleni.

But there are several issues in roads and transport in the Province which have grabbed headlines: community protests on Gauteng roads, minibus taxi unrest and tensions between Uber and metered taxis. Asked whether these issues came about due to a lack of policing, Vadi was quick to rather celebrate some of the successes that have been achieved. He lauded the signing of a peace accord between Alexandra Taxi Association and AMSA - headed up by the Alex business and community leaders, saying

We need a bit of vision on the part of the operators on the ground. All of them have a stake in the system. All of them should be profitable.

Dr Ismail Vadi, MEC for Roads and Transport in Gauteng

What to do with decommissioned bridges will certainly be a subject touched on during Transport Month. More pressing is the need for a sustained campaign to get more people onto public transport...

The research shows that if by 2037 we do nothing, at peak hours - even if you are sitting in your BMW- you will be moving at 15km/h in traffic. And in fact, a donkey cart could be moving faster than you because it won't be caught up in traffic.

Dr Ismail Vadi, MEC for Roads and Transport in Gauteng

Vadi says there is a need to rebuild a culture of city life in Joburg. For people to appreciate the benfits that go with it... like a public transport system that can be used in both peak and off-peak hours...

People don't feel safe moving around at night.

Dr Ismail Vadi, MEC for Roads and Transport in Gauteng

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