Gatueng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has blasted those who continue to oppose the implementation of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system.

“The public bus system is not a bone of contention. Neither is it confined to any entity.

“Whoever suggests that we do away with it must rather stay away from it,” said Mokonyane during a media briefing yesterday.

“Furthermore, there is no intellectual property ownership of public transport and that’s what we need to clarify.”

Taxi owners have threatened to stop the BRT system in its tracks because they claim they were never properly consulted.

But according to Mokonyane, there were many benefits from the integrated transport system.

“This is bigger than people perceive it. BRT is about improving the transport system and ensuring that there’s adequate infrastructure to grow the economy,” she said.

Turning to other issues, she said that the executive council was in the process of implementing a new mandate which would place a strong emphasis on renewal of government and accelerated service delivery.

The Mokonyane administration has undertaken to use its first 100 days in office to forge a relationship with businesses, labour and non-government organisations.

“Key activities will include developing a turnaround strategy for Chris Hani-Baragwanath Hospital and the living conditions of 20 townships,” she said.

She added that her office would assume a central role in ensuring that the provincial government delivered on its mandate.

She said there would be continuous evaluation of her administration, with more emphasis put on service delivery.