City of Cape Town extends N2 Express Joint Venture contract

CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE - JULY 31: (EDITORS NOTE: A polarizing filter was used for this image). A general view in Camps Bay, shows a minibus taxi driving past the Twelve Apostles on July 31, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Morne De Klerk/Getty Images)

CAPE TOWN- The City of Cape Town has announced that it has extended its operating contract with the N2 Express Joint Venture (JV) vehicle operating company.

Brett Herron Mayoral Committee Member for Transport and Urban areas said in a statement, the contract was extended on Wednesday and it was effective from Thursday.

Herron said Codeta a vehicle operating company and the Route 6 Taxi Association will take over the operations of the four N2 Express routes including management of Myciti buses, he said,

“These changes signify an important milestone where the taxi associations, who are part of the JV, will begin to take over the operations of the N2 express service from GABS in an incremental manner,”

“One of the City’s core objectives is to build an inclusive city where the legacy of the past is undone through linking people with opportunities, and by creating an environment conducive to job creation and economic growth.”

“Over the past three years the City has empowered the board members of the affected minibus taxi associations to set up and run their own vehicle operating company in a joint venture with GABS.”

Heron said that taxi association were provided training to operate and drive the buses, “The GABS learning and assessment centre in Montana facilitated the training of the minibus taxi drivers to upgrade their licences from code 8 to code 11,” he said.

“Our aim is to ensure that we bring taxi associations up to the same level as other major scheduled transport operators.”

Photo credit-The South African

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