The DA's choice for Western Cape premier, Alan Winde, says if he has his way, Metrorail will be run by the local municipality.
He says his nomination for the office of the premier has made him look at things differently and acknowledge that the rail system in the Western Cape is not working.
Train systems need to be running in conjunction with the taxi system as well as buses. The public transport system needs to be put together as an entity.— Alan Winde, MEC for Economic Opportunities in Cape Town
The City of Cape Town has been calling for this for a long time and I actually do support it. We need to create this entity because, in general, our state-owned institutions are not well managed.— Alan Winde, MEC for Economic Opportunities in Cape Town
Winde says good management systems need to be put in place so that there is accountability at grassroots level.
Treasury is not going to invest if they see that this is a bottomless pit is not going anywhere, that's why management is very important. You have to see that there is a plan and that plan is bringing the communities alongside.— Alan Winde, MEC for Economic Opportunities in Cape Town
Safety is a big thing, we have to be safe on trains and public transport. Public transport should not be seen as trains separate to taxis, separate from busses. we have to bring all that together as part of our ecosystem.— Alan Winde, MEC for Economic Opportunities in Cape Town
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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Alan Winde in support of call for Metrorail to be run by CoCT