Gauteng Exco backs monorail process.

Issued by the Gauteng Office of the Premier.

The Gauteng Executive Council meeting today received a report on the proposed monorail project from the MEC for Public Transport, Roads and Works Ignatius Jacobs.

The Executive Council accepted that there was no malice in the announcement by MEC Jacobs and MEC for Finance and Economic Affairs Paul Mashatile about a private sector proposal to establish a monorail in Gauteng or the oversight in not consulting with the Minister of Transport on this matter.

The Executive expressed its satisfaction with the discussions held between the Minister of Transport and the two MECs and the outcomes of the meeting. The Executive agreed that further work would be undertaken on the proposal, including the further development of the business case for the project, which would be presented to the minister.

In addition, the provincial government in consultation with the relevant stakeholders will further explore the possible integration of monorail projects as part of the broader public transport system and integrated transport plan for the Gauteng city region. The Executive tasked the Gautrain political committee to address these matters over the next few months. The Gautrain political committee is chaired by the MEC for Finance and Economic Affairs and also includes the MEC for Public Transport, Roads and Works, the MEC for Local Government and top provincial government officials.

The Executive Council also wished Tukkies luck in the first leg of the playoffs for the National First Division Platinum in Tshwane tonight.

For more information contact Annette Griessel at 082 563 3614.

DATED: 6th June 2007