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October is Transport Month

Ekurhuleni will join forces to donate over 1000 bicycles to assist needy school children.

The City of Ekurhuleni is geared up to promote safe, reliable and cost effective transport means.

To kick-start the month-long Transport Month celebrations, the City will provide free roadworthy testing of mini-bus taxis, buses and trucks in three of its testing stations, Brakpan, Boksburg and Kempton Park, throughout October.

As of October 14, the City’s officials, led by the Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Transport, Roads and Planning, Clr Petrus Mabunda, will visit various taxi ranks to celebrate Taxi Day to inform commuters, taxi drivers and owners on the progress made on the City’s Bus Rapid Transit system Harambee and to raise awareness on the IRPTN (Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network).

Mabunda will on Tuesday, October 17, launch the Etwatwa Licensing Operationalisation, a programme which aims to decentralise the licensing services to previously disadvantaged communities.

The Etwatwa Licensing Operationalisation facility will offer services such as the renewal of motor vehicle licences, renewal of drivers’ licences, application for learner licences and learners licence classes.

On Thursday, October 20, it’s Car Free Day, and as such the City will join forces with the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport and the Department of Education to donate over 1 000 bicycles to assist needy school children from across the City through the “Shova-Kalula” project.

On October 28, the City will convene a Transport Indaba, a platform for all Ekurhuleni transport industry stakeholders to meet and discuss issues of mutual interest.

The indaba, which will also involve the youth, will focus on issues affecting the local transport industry and to propose possible solutions.

To conclude the month-long celebrations, the City will, on October 31, host a prestigious award ceremony to honour staff members for their long service and dedication.

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