Memorandum of Agreement signed between eThekwini Municipality and the Minibus Taxi Operators
The eThekwini Municipality and the minibus taxi industry potentially affected by Phase 1 of the GO!Durban Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network (IRPTN) system have announced the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement.
The initial consultations have been followed by an intensive year-long engagement process during which inter alia, the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was developed and agreed between the city and the minibus taxi industry leadership. The MOA represents the city’s policy of inclusivity and partnership with public transport operators and negotiated solutions for the city’s public transport challenges. The MOA also represents a firm commitment by all affected parties to meaningfully engage with one another in order to arrive at a mutually satisfactory position to achieve not only the goals of excellent service to passengers but also broad transformation within the public transport sector as a whole.
The minibus taxi industry and the bus operators play a key role in moving millions of citizens to and from various areas of social and economic activities. Therefore, in the implementation of the GO!Durban project, all the existing legal operators in the eThekwini Metropolitan area have a critical role to play. As the Kwa-Zulu Natal Department of Transport, we will be working with the city to ensure that the roll-out of this project and the participation of existing operators is implemented successfully as enshrined in the National Land Transport Act, the Public Transport Strategy and Action Plan approved by Cabinet in March 2007 as well as the White Paper on Transport Policy.
At the highly successful ceremony to sign the Memorandum of Agreement where all the regions were represented, the Chairperson of the eThekwini Metro Management Taxi Council, the Chairperson of the KZN Taxi Alliance and the President of the South African Taxi Workers Organisation all expressed support and hope that the GO!Durban project will bring benefits to their members.
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