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Radebe can't stop monorail, says Gauteng government

By unknown | May 25, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Zweli Mokgata

Zweli Mokgata

You can't stop a private investment that meets all your challenges, especially when you don't have to pay for it, Gauteng Economic Development Agency (GEDA) responded to Transport Minister Jeff Radebe's criticism that national government had not been informed about a proposed R12billion monorail linking Soweto to the city.

National and local government held a discussion on the issue yesterday.

"The Gauteng MEC for Public Transport, Roads and Works Ignatius Jacobs has requested an urgent meeting with the minister on the matter," said the MEC's spokesman Alfred Nhlapo.

The South African Transport and Allied Worker's Union (Satawu) joined the fray saying: "Satawu calls on Minister Radebe to intervene and insist that the province withdraws from the agreement in favour of a proper consultation process."

But the body tasked with facilitating the deal, GEDA, said that there was nothing irregular with the transaction.

GEDA spokesman Barba Gaoganebiwe said: "The R12billion that has been publicised was not exclusively meant for the monorail project, and is only part of a larger ongoing infrastructure development initiative.

"Our main concern now is about losing the contract. The consortium is under no obligation to bring this project to Gauteng, but they have seen the challenges that the province faces and is willing to invest here."


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