The city of Tshwane has announced yesterday that from today 1 October 2017, it is to take over the responsibility from Autopax of providing public transport in Mamelodi. “The decision of the Tshwane Mayoral Committee to play a greater role in providing public transport in townships in the city”, said Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi. He added that, they have received confirmation on Friday that the city will progressively assume greater responsibility for the provision of public transport services in communities and will take over Autopax operation on Monday, to ensure that there is continuity of transport services to Mamelodi residents as the Autopax contract with the provincial roads and transport department was terminated on the 30th of September 2017. The city has agreed to provide bus service in Mamelodi as from Monday, 02 October 2017 and has indicated that initially a “core service” will be provided. Mamelodi residents are advised to that bus fares and roads will remain the same as they were when Autopax was operating. Autopax came into operation in 2015, when Putco buses surrender their contract to the department because of their loss in Mamelodi roads. Vadi thanked the Autopax board and management for helping the provincial government and Mamelodi residents during time of need.
By: Fortunate Machaba