THE City of Polokwane in Limpopo is urging residents to provide a new name for its multimillion Integrated Rapid Public Transport System (IRPTS).
The naming process will be opened for a period of one month with the final name expected to be announced on July 31.
Residents are yet to be informed about the actual commencement date for the voting process which will be free.
Head of Marketing, Communications and Stakeholder Relations in the municipality’s transport department, Mantlako Sebaka, said the city strove to move closer to operations of the IRPTS.
“We call upon the people of Polokwane to assist us in naming the service. It’s an opportunity that has been extended using other platforms such as SMSes, nomination bins which will be at the municipal offices as well as consistent media campaigns. The process of nomination will last for a month and the naming committee will drive the process until the completion sometimes at the end of July in which the name would be announced,” Sebaka said.
He said the municipality has already signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the four affected taxi associations of Flora Park, Moletjie, Seshego-Polokwane and Westernburg.
Apart from the MoA signed with the taxi bodies, the municipality also entered into another agreement with Limpopo government-owned bus company Great North Transport (GNT) on December 6 last year.
The MoA paved way for a proper market survey to determine market share, according to Sebaka.
He added: “One of the major milestones that need to be reached before March 2018 is a market survey of both the taxi and bus industries to determine market shares that should be completed by June this year. The main objectives of the surveys are to determine the passenger volumes and fare revenue generated for each taxi association, to understand the distances travelled by operators in each association, to provide guidance to the shareholding in the Vehicle Operating Company (VOC), and to determine the value of compensation.”
According to Sebaka, existing minibus-taxis servicing the proposed routes equivalent to the market size likely to be absorbed by the system, will be able to take up compensation on a voluntary basis and negotiations should be completed by March next year.
This process is part of the municipality’s IRPTS which is within the realm of the Smart Mobility pillar contained in the 2030 Smart City Vision as adopted by Council in 2014. The transport system is envisaged to provide an accessible and economical means of transportation to residents that have to rely on a well scheduled and operated public transport service.