IPTS committees “hardly met” during 2014 - Transport MEC Tikana

DECEMBER 4, 2014

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.

Replying to a question from Marshall von Buchenroeder, the MEC said her department was only a stakeholder in the IPTS project “due to the fact that we have a contract with Algoa Bus Company”.

It was for this reason, she explained, that the department had a representative on both the Operations Working Group and Project Steering Committee, adding that because these structures had “hardly met in 2014,” she was unable to provide a detailed report on the IPTS.

Tikana said it needed to be noted that Nelson Mandela Bay received funding for the IPTS directly from National Treasury “in terms of business plans they have submitted,

“NMBM then procures all the services, (consultants, infrastructure etc.) through their own supply chain management,” the MEC said, adding that her department “has no input or influence in this regard,” and “purely provided technical advice when invited to meetings.

“In terms of the Constitution and Municipal Systems Act, the department cannot ‘take over’ the project unless requested to do so by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.”

Tikana said her department was aware, however, that the system was “not currently operational”. She added that a pilot project had been terminated on January 20 this year, since when the municipality had been “planning” implementation of Phase 1. - metrominutes