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Metro awards city bus drivers

Tshwane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa said a great transport service would not be achieved without its dedicated drivers.

The Tshwane Bus Services (TBS) named its bus drivers of the year at an awards ceremony at the De Wet bus depot on Wednesday.

The award for bus driver of the year (male) was nabbed by Jacob Kubeka while Milliah Zwane won in the female category.

Tshwane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa said the awards were aimed at improving knowledge, skills and attitudes of bus drivers.

“We want to boost our drivers’ morale which will in turn enhance their driving skills and reduce accidents on our roads,” he said.

The awards were divided into male and female categories.

Mokgalapa said the TBS, and other transport modes in general played a critical role in the metro’s economy by linking commuters with various opportunities.

“This important sector should never be forgotten or underestimated for the impact it has in our city and ultimately our country,” he said.

He said the metro prided itself on its integrated public transport system.

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“We are proud of the fact that, as per our electoral promise, we are making the right strides to connect people from diverse backgrounds through efficient, affordable, safe and reliable public transport.”

He said great transport service would not be achieved without its dedicated drivers.

He said the Tshwane bus services had 219 well-trained bus operators.

“Tshwane bus services has since 2013 been participating in national driving skills competitions.”

He said it was after having participated in competitions including the international driver’s competition that the City decided to develop and strengthen its in-house driving skills enhancement programme on an annual basis during October transport month.

Mokgalapa thanked every nominee and every winner who continued to help his administration to achieve its vision of creating “a truly world-class city”.

Roads and transport MMC Sheila Senkubuge said that “such recognition will fundamentally result in better heavy vehicle drivers and reduction of unnecessary accident claims”.

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