The Gauteng Transport Management Authority is to introduce a single ticketing system for municipally subsidised modes of public transport by June 2008.

“This initiative will make transport more accessible, convenient and affordable while reducing traveling times and providing spin-offs that will lead to further investment in public transport,” Gauteng Premier Mbazima Shilowa said while delivering his State of the Province Address on Monday. This initiative, which will be piloted in 2009, will include all subsidised public transport services such as the municipal bus operators Metrobus and Pretoria City Transport.

The proposed new Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT) for Johannesburg and Tshwane, Gautrain, and its bus feeder systems, Witwaterstrand and Tshwane Metrorail services will also be piloted.

Premier Shilowa said, this year, the Gauteng provincial government, in partnership with South African National Road Agency Ltd (SANRAL), will implement the Gauteng freeway improvement plan and accelerate programmes to upgrade provincial and township roads.

Roads which will be upgraded this year include, Leratong Road between Protea Township and Leratong Hospital, K15 between Protea and Dobsonville in Soweto and the K29 from Cosmo City to the R28. Beyers Naude Drive from Honeydew Police Station to Sasol Garage in Zandspruit and Main Road from Bryaston to Kyalami will also be revamped.

“Our focus is to strengthen existing roads and develop new economic nodes while attracting news investments. With the aim to strengthen service delivery and improve capacity to share expertise between municipalities, Premier Shilowa, on Monday, announced that the Gauteng provincial government has agreed with Gauteng mayors to pair Metros with district municipalities.

Tshwane Metro will be joined with Metsweding, Ekurhuleni Metro with Sedibeng and Johannesburg with the West Rand Municipality. “One of the outcomes we hope to achieve is for all Gauteng municipalities to receive unqualified audit reports by 2009,” said Mr Shilowa He added that Gauteng was on track to achieve its goal of unqualified audits throughout the provincial government in 2009 and a reduction of matters of emphasis. “In further improving our efficiency, we will pay attention to decreasing the turnaround time for the payment of contractors and service providers.

“The Gauteng Shared Services Centre will introduce an electronic system of submitting invoices which will help to eliminate the manual handling of payments and minimize fraud,” the Premier said.