By Bathandwa Mbola
Johannesburg - Operation issues around the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system will be put on hold pending further consultations, says the Department of Transport
"The summit has resolved that the issues around the operations of the BRT, be put on hold until further consultations," departmental spokesperson Collen Msibi told BuaNews.
However, he dismissed media reports that the whole project will be put on ice.
"It is only the operations. Other things like the construction of infrastructure which is progressing well in different cities will continue," he said.
The statement comes after the South African National Taxi Council's (Santaco) BRT Summit, on Monday, which aimed at addressing taxi operators' long standing concerns on the BRT.
At the summit, Transport Minister Jeff Radebe assured taxi operators that there will be no jobs lost as a result of the system.
"I want to state emphatically at the outset... government guarantees no loss of legitimate jobs and profits among those who make the shift into the BRT systems," he told delegates.