Executive Mayor Olly Mlamleli says the Hauweng bus service will be a godsend to the people of Mangaung.
Speaking at the unveiling of the corporate identity of the Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN) last Friday Mlamleli said, “Ours is to create an affordable, reliable and efficient bus system for the residents, which will ensure that people are able to move from and to their places of employment with ease.”
Prior to her address, Mlamleli – accompanied by MEC for Police Roads and Transport, Sam Mashinini – visited areas where work is currently underway.
“We’ve gone and inspected the work currently underway and we’re satisfied with what we’ve seen so far,” she noted.
Responding to residents’ concerns over the removal of paving in Phahameng and Rocklands, the executive mayor said, “Indeed there was nothing wrong with these pavings as the community has pointed out. However, the problem was that it was not accommodative to everybody, including those with impaired vision.”
The new paving will cater for the visually impaired to move freely without hustle. “The improvement of our intermodal facilities should be accommodative to all people and their needs,” noted Mlamleli.
She added a lot of work has been done in Bloemfontein, Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu in preparation of the new bus system.
With the project estimated to be completed in 2025 due to its different phases, Mlamleli applauded work opportunities that come with it.
“Our people will get jobs and this is one of the reasons why this project must be completed without fail,” she said.
Mlamleli explained the project was on course due to the united and collective approach by Mangaung municipality and the taxi association.
“Unity among stakeholders has been central to the project and will continue to, going forward,” she said.
The executive mayor was responding to questions that have been raised in the past about the role of the taxi association when the Hauweng bus service commences.
MEC Mashinini said the growth of the intermodal facility meant growth in the economy. “As government we must continue to find ways of growing the economy and ensure that our people are active role players in it and not reduced to being spectators.”
He pointed out the need to ensure a reliable and efficient transport for the citizens was crucial, adding the municipality was indeed moving in the right direction.