Going nowhere fast
𝗧𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝗻 𝟭𝟲 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟮.
Yarona will take you there! This was the promise made by Rustenburg's Local Municipality. But the bus rapid transport (BRT) system has been a work in progress for 15 years, at an estimated cost of R3.5 billion. But that’s not all: another R1.5 billion has been set aside to get the “buy-in” of local taxi operators. Carte Blanche finds stations now collapsed and vandalised before they were ever used. Concrete bus routes, covered in weeds, are expensive footpaths for pedestrians and the occasional cow. Another failure in the provision of affordable public transport? Or is the taxi industry holding Rustenburg to ransom?
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