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30 March 2012 | Adam Leach
Johannesburg City Council has tabled plans to purchase 134 buses over the next 12 months as part of its plan to develop the city’s infrastructure over the next few years.
Last week, executive mayor Parks Tau announced that the council would invest R100 billion (£8.1 billion) in developing the city’s infrastructure over the next 10 years. And yesterday the council presented an Integrated Development Plan (IDP) detailing its plans for investment over the next five years.
A key part of this is developing public transport in the city, with stations and new road routes already being built. As part of the development the city will purchase 134 ‘green’ buses, subject to plans being approved, which will be done through a process that incentivises local procurement. These buses will be Euro IV complait, which means they will run on diesel but are manufactured in a way that reduces the amount of greenhouse gases they emit.
A statement from the council said: “The task in the next financial year is to procure buses and establish a bus operating company of affected operators. The 134 buses that will be procured will be green, contributing to the reduction of air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and the procurement process will incentivise the maximisation of local content and job creation.”
The council also revealed it will implement a plan to redesign the city’s streets to create more space for cyclists and pedestrians. The project, which is to be allocated R92 million (£7.42 million), will provide “larger numbers” of local labour opportunities through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), which aims to get unemployed people back into work through public sector-funded projects.