Transport Minister S’bu Ndebele says a memorandum of understanding that includes reviews of the national Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) plan, business models for taxi operators and intensified negotiations will be adopted by the National Joint Working Group in two weeks time.

Rea Vaya busses began operating in Soweto and Johannesburg on Monday, amid heavy security.

A number of taxi associations have tried to block the system from going ahead, fearing their operators will lose their jobs.

On Friday, Ndebele reassured BRT commuters the taxi industry has vowed not to resort to violence.

Two people – a police officer and a commuter – were shot and wounded during an attack on two Rea Vaya busses in Soweto on Tuesday night.

“All stakeholders pledged their committment to the National Joint Working Group and agreed to address their issues through negotiations and not through violence, intimidation and threats,” said the minister.

Ndebele has praised commuters for using the busses, especially in the wake of Tuesday night’s shooting.

“We are excited by the unwavering support that this project has received from the public and commuters. The BRT is about the commuter and has been heralded as fresh.”