GEORGE NEWS - The George Community Forum (GCF) does not think that the impasse in the roll-out of Go George Phase 4A and B will be resolved within the 45 days as the national and provincial ministers of transport promised.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula and Western Cape MEC for Transport Bonginkosi Madikizela visited George in August to meet with different stakeholders regarding the roll-out of Go George Phase 4A and B.
The engagements were part of the ongoing efforts to find solutions to the issues that impede the full-scale implementation of these services. Phase 4B will service Conville, Parkdene, Ballotsview, Borcherds and Lawaaikamp while Phase 4A will service Thembalethu.
After meeting with the Go George operating company, George Link, GCF and taxi association Uncedo, the minsters promised to resolve the Go George issue within 45 days.
However, GCF chairman Xolisani Booi says the deadline is impossible to achieve as there are only five days left before the deadline. "We still have many issues to deal with before this matter can be resolved," said Booi. In a statement Booi said the forum has had very fruitful engagement with the national and provincial departments of transport, addressing issues such as infrastructure development, economic considerations and taxi permits.
"As part of our engagement we have put forward the issue of how infrastructure development is allocated and how our communities should be better consulted about these projects toward the roll-out of Phase 4," said Booi.
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