The Eastern Cape seeks to unite public transport

Pretoria - The Eastern Cape will mark this year's Transport Month in style when the province launches a Bus and Taxi Business Chamber in Mthatha this morning.

Officials said the chamber, an initiative of the province's bus and taxi operators, has been mandated to unite the public transport industry and to transform it to be in line with the "legislative and policy framework".

"The chamber is designed to set-up a coordinated transport industry with major stakeholders cooperating and collaborating for rendering the best quality passenger service, which is safe, reliable and affordable to the people of the province, especially the rural communities," said provincial Transport Department spokesperson Ncedo Kumbaca.

Having identified the provincial scholar transport as its pilot project, an interim structure was formed last year in November and it consisted of 22 members, 10 from bus industry and 22 from taxi industry.

The chamber will among others, promote trust, transparency and integrity and create strategies that will lead to amicable sharing of the market and economic gains thereof, added Kumbaca.

- BuaNews