Another Nine-Month Delay in Roll-Out of IPTS in Metro
The roll-out of the Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) Cleary Park-CBD service is now scheduled for September 1, 2016, according to a report to be presented to the Infrastructure, Engineering and Energy Committee on Friday.
The service was to have started at the beginning of next year.
With regard to technology and equipment required for the IPTS, the report states that negotiations with Volvo on the maintenance contract are in progress as are the repairs to broken windows and the cleaning of the existing fleet.
The report says that the municipality is “awaiting vehicle procurement plan, including supporting documentation from the operators,” while tender documents for the Automated Fare Collection system are “currently being reviewed by NMBM Finance and IT department for approval”.
It states that negotiations are also currently underway with regard to the communication infrastructure that is required, while the CCTV installation on the starter service routes is estimated at 95% complete.
With regard to the Cleary Park-CBD trunk route, the report says that this is 100% complete with the exception of the section over Standford Road/N2 pedestrian bridge, for which documentation and procurement is 60% complete and in progress.
The report says that the Port Elizabeth CBD terminus conceptual design is 40% complete but is on hold pending budget availability. No progress is reported on the PE CBD depot. - MetroMinutes.
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The Operations Working Group and Project Steering Committee for Nelson Mandela Bay’s Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) “hardly met during 2014,” Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana has told the Bhisho Legislature.
Mayor Ben Fihla deferred debate on a number of items at this morning’s Council meeting, including one on the Funding Agreement between the municipality and Laphum’langa, the secondary taxi cooperative. Also deferred was an item reporting progress on the establishment of the Metro Police Service.
Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Ben Fihla has recommended that City Manager Mpilo Mbambisa be authorised to conclude the Funding Agreements which makes provision for the start-up and operational funding for the Laphum’langa Secondary Taxi Cooperative.
National Treasury and Deloitte will conduct a “100% audit” of expenditure on the Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) in Nelson Mandela Bay, the Budget and Treasury Committee has been informed. City Manager Mpilo Mbambisa told the committee that the report would be presented by the end of March. The Committee was informed by Chief Financial officer Trevor Harper on Friday that the IPTS capital budget had been overspent by R126.8 million by the end of the last financial year, adding that this constituted unauthorised expenditure and “had resulted in a decline in the municipality’s cash position and...
The grant-in-aid allocations for the 2014/15 financial year could be approved when the Budget and Treasury Committee meets on Friday afternoon. The allocations could not be approved last week. If approved by the committee it might be possible for the full council to endorse the committee’s decision when it meets for the last time this year on December 4. Also on the agenda for Friday is the quarterly financial report for the first quarter of the 2014/15 financial year ending September 30, which shows that overdue consumer debts increased by R135.6 million or 6.9% in the three months to September 30. The average debtors’ collection rate at September was 92.20% against a target of 94%. The report from Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Trevor Harper...
Nelson Mandela Bay’s Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) wants a special meeting to be held as a matter of urgency “to interrogate and consider the Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) project”. Regarding IPTS-related matters, the committee also wants a “comprehensive report for consideration” at this meeting compiled by City Manager Mpilo Mbambisa. Included in the information required by the committee is some relating to the composition of companies awarded contracts as well as subsidiary companies and “how...
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) officially launched the Garden of Remembrance at the Donken Reserve Lawns in Port Elizabeth on the 31st of October, to pay tribute to ward councillors, PR representatives and mayoral committee members who have since passed away. First mentioned by Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, Benson Fihla, on the 14th of August this year, and attended by the family members and relatives of those honoured, the garden consists of a tree and an engraved plaque representing the 58 NMBM members who had died since 1998....
Nelson Mandela Bay’s Chief Financial Officer, Trevor Harper, says that the capital budget relating to the Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) was overspent by approximately R126.8 million in the last financial year.
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