Clar­i­fy­ing roles, es­tab­lish­ing boundaries

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The Demo­cratic Al­liance (DA) ob­jected to clauses two, three and 12 of the bill, es­sen­tially due to the grant­ing of ad­di­tional em­pow­er­ment to the Gau­train Man­age­ment Agency (GMA). “The DA’s con­cern is not their own con­cern, but based around com­mu­nity dis­cus­sions,” ex­plained the Hon­ourable Jacob Khawe, chair­per­son of the Gaut­eng Roads and Trans­port Port­fo­lio Com­mit­tee.

DA coun­sel­lor Fred Nel said in the house that while the DA ap­proves the amend­ments to the bill, it can­not sup­port the bill grant­ing wide pow­ers that could con­flict with the trans­port au­thor­ity. “The GMA must fo­cus on its core busi­ness,” he said. “There is no doubt that the ex­per­tise of the GMA could be of value, but gen­eral pub­lic trans­port is not its core busi­ness.

“The DA’s con­cerns are based around the state­ment made by Gau­train man­age­ment about their will­ing­ness to help es­tab­lish a Gaut­eng Trans­port Au­thor­ity (GTA),” said Khawe.

“We have agreed with the GMA on the prin­ci­ples around the GTA and in­tro­duced into the amend­ments the words ‘in­te­grated’ and ‘rail­re­lated’ to en­sure that boundaries are estab­lished,” said Khawe. “This is where pos­si­bly the DA has missed the point, be­cause we will seek ad­vice from the GMA based on in­te­grated and rail-re­lated mat­ters. When we say Gau­train, we re­fer to rail, how­ever if we are dis­cussing trains and buses, then we are talk­ing about rail-re­lated mat­ters. As we speak, Gau­train runs buses, thus we talk around in­te­grated, rail­re­lated is­sues. This makes the man­date very clear.” The Roads and Trans­port Com­mit­tee had pub­lic en­gage­ments with Gau­train com­muters on the route from Jo­han­nes­burg to Pre­to­ria to so­licit views on the pro­posed amend­ment bill. The com­mit­tee also en­gaged with 26 com­muters who in­di­cated among other is­sues that they were un­aware of the amend­ment bill, and the com­mit­tee then agreed to further ex­tend the con­sul­ta­tion process to en­sure max­i­mum par­tic­i­pa­tion.

“Through the ad­ver­tise­ments in the Govern­ment gazette, on­line me­dia, GPL web­site, news­pa­pers as well as the pub­lic en­gage­ment work­shop in Boks­burg, the com­mit­tee re­ceived four writ­ten sub­mis­sions from or­gan­ised stake­hold­ers and mem­bers of the pub­lic,” said Khawe.

“As part of ex­ten­sive stake­holder and pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion the com­mit­tee in­vited and in­ter­acted with the three metropoli­tan mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties’ de­part­ments of trans­port, Sec­tion 79/80 Com­mit­tees on Trans­port, the na­tional depart­ment

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