At the end of 2017/18 financial year, the municipality has spent about R2.7 billion upgrading old and construction of new public transport infrastructure in Rustenburg. The infrastructure includes 20km of bi-directional BRT lanes, walk ways and 17 Sub-stations.
Aging roads and public transport infrastructure have been a major challenge for both the municipality and residents of Rustenburg for years. Over 80% of the residents of Rustenburg rely on public transport for mobility and to access economic opportunities and social services. The Rustenburg Local Municipality is committed, through Rustenburg Rapid Transport project to improving roads and providing a safer transport service for the community of Rustenburg.
In 2017, the Municipality started with construction of the 4km CBD (Central Business District) loop linking two main trunk corridors for the Yarona bus service. This project included construction of roads, betterment of intersections, bridges, storm water channels, and Walkways for improved, easier and safer pedestrian movement. The Municipality is ensuring local empowerment through 30% local content policy that aims to develop local business and labor on all major projects. To date 1200 short term jobs have been created throughout the project and local small and medium business have been part of infrastructure development.
The first phases of the Rustenburg Rapid Transport project are due to launch during 2019 and will service the residents of Rustenburg through an integrated transport network.
Although there had been regular progress update, resident have been impatient with the prolonged construction programme particularly stakeholders in the CBD. Various stakeholder engagements were held with individual businesses within the CBD to minimise the impact of construction disruption to their business. As construction has almost come to an end, residents have started applauding the municipality for the quality of infrastructure in the city and elsewhere.
Over the next 3 years, the Municipality will launch a cash-less bus service which runs on 20km-long BRT trunk corridors, 18 stations and over 400km of routes which will be introduced in phases and aims to cover 80% of the municipality. Another key aspect of the project is installation of technology-based world class infrastructure including installation of kiosks which would be used to load funds into cards.
The planned infrastructure handover ceremony will be held in December 2018.
For further enquiries kindly contact Mr David Magae on 014 590 3509 or 082 7613456.