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Update: MEC for Transport, after banning taxis operating in Ladysmith for 6 months, says will provide buses for stranded commuters

MEC for Transport, Community Safety & Liaison Mr Mxolisi Kaunda explained: “We would like to assure members of the public that, as the Department of Transport, we are doing everything we can to ensure that they are not severely affected by the decision.”

The department has already engaged bus operators in the area to assist with the transportation of people. Bus routes and times have been developed and will be made available to the public.

This afternoon (December 6), MEC Kaunda engaged members of the community to inform them about these decisions and arrangements that have been put in place to ensure that public transport services are not disrupted.

On Sunday, December 3, they convened a high-level meeting with the command structure of the South African Police Service (SAPS), the department’s Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) and Public Transport Enforcement Services (PTES), as well as Alfred Duma traffic police teams.

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A plan has been developed to secure buses and private vehicles in the area.

The MEC said: “We wish to emphasise that other taxi associations, which have agreements with Klipriver, will continue to operate as per the normal agreements.”

He continued that: “The safety of passengers who will be commuting by buses during this period is critical. The SAPS and our traffic officers will maintain high visibility in affected communities to ensure that no taxis are operating illegally, and outside this decision, and that bus operations run smoothly.”

The MEC will also be personally monitoring the situation on the ground, and will make necessary interventions as and when the need arises.

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Saish Motheram
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