GO!Durban inspection fails to hit the road

GO!Durban inspection fails to hit the road

A planned government inspection of the GO!Durban project didn't go anywhere after it was brought to a halt by taxi owners.

GO!Durban Transport MEC Bheki Ntuli
Lauren Beukes

Operators stormed the Pinetown Civic Centre demanding a meeting with the Transport MEC Bheki Ntuli - who was scheduled to carry out the inspection.

They barricaded the entrances and exits of the civic centre - barring the hired busses from leaving for the inspection tour. 

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The project hit a snag last year with the city locking horns with taxi owners in the Durban West region - who said Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network would destroy their industry. 

Taxi council Santaco's Mathula Mkhize says over 3 000 livelihoods will be affected by the introduction of the buses.

"Categorically we as the industry want to state that we have no hope and no willingness anymore to support this programme based on the deliverables that the City for the past years and currently has failed to deliver for the taxi industry."

Ntuli says they will meet again with taxi owners on Tuesday in a planned meeting to discuss their grievances.

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"It has appeared that there are some bottlenecks between the industry and the project itself that is government in eThekwini which we have not exhausted. 

"I had planned to meet with them on Tuesday so that we are able to sponsor some solutions and opinion on the entire project."

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