The Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, has announced that officials will work on an unfinished road in Free State. He is speaking at a press conference in Bloemfontein ahead of President Imbizo’s inauguration, which takes place this weekend.
Mbalula said an investigation into the delay of the Mangaung Bus Rapid Transit project would be launched. He said corruption had undermined the project which started in April 2019.
The BRT project of the Mangaung Integrated Public Transport Network has not yet taken off.
This project, which started in 2019 has left a lot of incomplete traffic and is a bad experience for road users.
The minister said the government has invested R2 billion in this project and they have found that the cost goes up in terms of job planning and car purchase.
He said, “What we do know is that we have spent R2 billion on this project, and one of the challenges we have is the price of these cars, which has gone up, and the price has gone up in terms of a. project management. As the Minister of Transport, I have instructed the head of the ministry to issue a forensic examination in this regard, because the authorities will have to turn it over. The work will not stop because we have already done it with money. “
Mbalula has warned that Mangaung could end up with a budget cut if BRT operations do not stop in June this year.
The BRT in Manguang will be successful and not on the basis of corruption. We will work as a regional and local department to ensure that we do not expose any corruption. pic.twitter.com/wK6f6WlpHm
– FIKILE MBALULA | MR FIX (@MbalulaFikile) April 7, 2022
The road is not perfect
Calvin Marogoa, vice-president of the Bloemfontein Taxi Association, says the dire situation of inadequate traffic is a big problem for drivers.
Marogoa says, “It has affected us a lot, but really, this project is for the better. It is the desire of the government to see that they are planning, they have a vision in this project, so today we will benefit, but remember again it is not an easy task.
The Secretary of the Free State of the African Disability Business Chamber, Mohau Nhlapo said they were happy that the car would accommodate people with disabilities.
Nhlapo says, “This is the first time we have seen our government implement a plan, even though it took many years to see us, as people with disabilities have equal access to equal travel. look, for one, if you look at the public transport that we are. if anyone can use it. “
Officials will turn over unfinished road work in the state Free: Mbalula – SABC News
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