Media Statement by Gauteng MEC Ignatius Jacobs and MEC Paul Mashatile regarding the Monorail proposal

Issued by the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works 1 June 2007

The proposed Monorail project is a private sector initiative to invest in public transport infrastructure.

It was considered by GEDA as it falls in line with the approach of the Gauteng Provincial Government, with regard to growing the economy, creating jobs and improving infrastructure. In this regard, the Gauteng Transport Infrastructure Act was invoked. The monorail is a positive development into attracting inward investment to transport infrastructure while contributing to the development of a public transport system that is efficient, safe, affordable and reliable. The success of the Gauteng economy, job creation and the wellbeing of our people rely on growing the economy, including foreign direct investment in public transport infrastructure

The Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Gauteng Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works, GEDA and Newcyc, on the 16th of May 2007, after a feasibility study, and announced publicly, is a document that allows the investor to do the following:

  • Consult with all affected parties in the pilot route in 90 days.
  • Conduct an Environment Impact Study
  • Resolve maters of land acquisitions and land use in 60 days
  • Consult various groupings to establish the South African part of BBBEE component of the consortium.

The Gauteng Government, in addition, would have taken its work further by setting p a properly commissioned and procured Turnkey Project for the Monorail system, to ensure that Government and, in particular, the public gets value for money, and that we act in the best interest of the public.

Further to the above, and following the public announcement of the monorail by the provincial government of Gauteng, and the subsequent statement by the Minister, a meeting was held, on the 25th of May 2007, between Minister of Transport, Mr. Jeff Radebe, Gauteng MEC’s Paul Mashatile and Ignatius Jacobs, the Executive Mayor of the City of Joburg, Councilor Amos Masondo, and the relevant Member of the Mayoral Committee, Councilor Rehana Mosajee, and it resolved on the following:

  • Noted the Minister’s position that the monorail proposal in its current form cannot be supported but, that, in principle Government is not opposed to the concept of monorail.
  • The provincial government accepted that consultation was inadequate.
  • The province would need to go back and deepen consultation with all stakeholders.
  • The meeting expressed appreciation for the debate and public consciousness of public transport issues.
  • That the proposal would be put on hold until such time that the necessary process, including consultation, has been undertaken. In addition to the above, we would like to state that the Premier was aware of the project, but was not involved in the details or consultations on the matter.

The provincial government remains committed to the promotion of cooperative governance, working in close partnership with national and provincial government, in building an effective transport infrastructure to provide safe, affordable, accessible and reliable public transport services to the people of the province as well as to contribute to the success of initiatives such as the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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