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GO GEORGE impresses transport forum

Feb 16, 2017
GO GEORGE impresses transport forum

The City of George hosted a meeting of the National Transport Forum (NTF) for the first time last week, treating 25 delegates from all over the country to Garden Route hospitality.

The NTF is a forum instituted by the Department of Transport (DoT) and consists of skilled, experienced members from national, provincial and local government, state-owned enterprises, transport agencies and the South African Local Government Association (Salga). Its purpose is to assist and guide all levels of government in planning and implementing integrated, sustainable transport projects and programmes.

George Municipality is part of the policy and strategy work stream of the forum, and made a visual presentation of the background and development of the GO GEORGE bus service.   The delegates were treated to a bus ride through town on Wednesday evening, also visiting the new George Transport Hub where they used the opportunity to ask questions about the system and required infrastructure.

Main image: From front left to right: Veronica Badenhorst, George Municipality; Nnditsheni Lukoto, Department of Transport; Ntombifuthi Jantjie, Department of Transport; Elsie Neluvhalani, Department of Transport;  Tyrone Jeyi, GO GEORGE Community Liaison; Pulane Kole, Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation; Sibulele Dyodo, South African Local Government Association; Pule Khudunyane, Delca Systems; Ryan Mashaba, City of Mbombela; Buyiswa Jako, Department of Transport; Lee-Anne Meiring, GIPTN PTOO George Municipality; Zanele Mnguni, Delca Systems; Recardo Collins, Western Cape Government; Wendy Gumede, Delca Systems; Prasanth Mohan, Department of Transport; Velly Mapaila, City of Mbombela; Sabelo Duma, Department of Transport; Moshe Ramotshwane, Department of Transport; Vuyiswa Kraba, Delca Systems; Johan Naudé, Delca Systems; Gwen Mpe, Department of Transport; James Robb, GIPTN Manager; Reuben Mukhavhuli, Limpopo Department of Transport; Bukeka Mahlutshana, A Re Yeng Tshwane Rapid Transit 


Elsie and group:

Thoroughly enjoying the GO GEORGE bus ride, and expressing their surprise at the “huge city”, are, front from left: Elsie Neluvhalani and Buyiswa Jako (both from the Department of Transport); second row: Sibulele Dyodo (Salga); third row: Sabelo Duma and Ntombi Jantjie (both DoT) and Wendy Gumede (Delca Systems); far back: Moshe Ramotshwane (DoT).

Posing at statue:

Delegates at the National Transport Forum meeting in George were impressed with all the facilities offered by the new George Transport Hub, but the element that seems to have made the biggest impression, was the unique artwork made from scrap metal. Numerous “selfies” were taken around the two iron passengers. The two ladies posing here, are from the left, Wendy Gumede (Delca Systems) and Moshe Ramotshwane (DoT).

Question time:

Members of the National Transport Forum used the opportunity during a GO GEORGE outing and visit to the transport hub, to ask George Director of Civil Engineering Services, Harold Basson (second from right) about the infrastructure required by a system like GO GEORGE. Far right is James Robb, GO GEORGE Manager.