WHEELS OILED: Mayor Mpho Khunou and the taxi industry’s Herman Sebego agree to improve transport.
The long awaited interventions between the Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) project and the Rustenburg local municipality (RLM) finally unfolded when the parties signed a memorandum of understanding with the Rustenburg taxi industry to pave the path for the running of a first class public transport system.
The joint signing would ensure all parties agreed to the memorandum guidelines governing all aspects of engagement for future negotiations and provide further insight into the employment opportunities and more benefits the public transport system would bring to the industry.
In terms of the memorandum, the RLM’s role was to consult with the taxi industry representatives on planning and technical aspects of the RRT project as it affects the taxi industry as future operators of the system.
The municipality will also provide the taxi industry with the human and material resources necessary for the industry to adequately and competently participate in the RRT project.
The taxi industry confirmed the establishment of a taxi interim structure comprising two representatives from each of the 22 taxi association operating in Rustenburg and regional structures existing at the time of the conclusion of this memorandum.
The interim structure would ensure consultation and provide regular feedback to all the taxi associations in Rustenburg on its mandate and will brief the taxi associations on the implications of the RRT in their
Rustenburg mayor Mpho Khunou said: “The RLM is committed to constructively and meaningfully engage the Rustenburg taxi industry to ensure participation in the implementation of the RRT project.”
The municipality has provided offices for the RTI at Olympia Park Stadium to boost the industry with a central organisational hub for meetings and information gathering.
“We are excited to take the next step together with the Rustenburg taxi industry. Negotiations such as these can be challenging if not handled in the correct manner, but we believe this memorandum will provide a strong base for everyone to work from,” said Marks Rapoo, RRT director.