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Judge Shongwe to head the Gauteng Public Transport Arbitration Office

Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure, Jacob Mamabolo, announced the appointment of retired Judge Jeremiah Shongwe as the head of the Gauteng Public Transport Arbitration Office recently.

SEDIBENG.- This establishment is to place the Gauteng Public Transport Arbitration Office as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism within the public transport services industry in the province following incidents of violence and disruptions in the sector.

Mamabolo explained that the public transport industry has been plagued by incidences of violence for years and that he is confident that the appointment of the arbitration judge will assist in minimising conflicts.

“This is to showcases government’s efforts to modernise the minibus taxi industry through the introduction of innovative ways of resolving disputes within the sector, said Mamabolo.

The establishment of the Arbitration Office is the culmination of consultations with relevant stakeholders in the public transport industry following the Gauteng Taxi Industry Summit held in Emfuleni Local Municipality (ELM) in July 2019. The summit was convened by Mamabolo for the purpose of engaging with the minibus taxi industry to collectively address operational public transport issues. The Arbitration Office will be responsible for arbitrating disputes and issuing arbitration awards to the affected parties.

 

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