Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality’s executive mayor, Olly Mlamleli, says all stakeholders in the Integrated Public Transport Network’s (IPTN) plan need to work together to ensure that the transition between phase one and phase two is a smooth one.
Mlamleli says that if phase one is well-executed, it will boost confidence in the project and attract onlooking investors to the initiative.
Mlamleli was speaking at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between leaders of the taxi associations in Bloemfontein, Botshabelo, and Thaba Nchu.
The memorandum between the two stakeholders was signed at Phahameng in Bloemfontein. She added the signing of the memorandum between these taxi associations and the municipality was a sure display of the commitment the two have towards developing the transport sector in Bloemfontein.
The IPTN consists of a new transport system which includes the construction of bus ways, stations, buses that cater for people with disabilities and depots for the buses.
Mlamleli added that given the challenges faced, the signing of this memorandum was a “dream come true”.