R146m transport plan for Polokwane

Khangale Makhado

Khangale Makhado

The Polokwane municipality in Limpopo has set aside R146million for the integrated transport plan as part of the 2010 Fifa World Cup preparations.

The plan is expected to help generate positive responses towards the hosting of the 2010 World Cup.

Speaking to Polokwane-based bus operators and taxi associations yesterday, executive mayor Thabo Makunyane said the R146million would be used to transform the transport system in the run-up to 2010.

Polokwane is among the cities that will host matches during the 2010 spectacular. Makunyane said council had also allocated R870million for the upgrading ofPeter Mokaba Stadium.

Makunyane said the council would mainly focus on the poor who depended on public transport.

He said transport would have to satisfy standards of safety and reliability.

"While the modes of public transport in our environment are provided by private service providers, we as a municipality have a direct responsibility to provide the infrastructure, which includes proper roads."

In the next financial year, starting in July, the council has set aside R40million, of which R8million will be used to complete a new taxi rank.