Executive Committee Statement
 
29 June 2016
 
Durban City Hall
 
ESTABLISHMENT OF A MUNICIPAL ENTITY TO OPERATE THE BUS SERVICE IN ETHEKWINI MUNICIPALITY
 
The Executive Committee would like to provide members of the public, businesses and other stakeholders with an update on the establishment of a Municipal Entity to operate the bus service in eThekwini Municipality.
 
NEW DEVELOPMENTS
 
The eThekwini Municipality Council resolved to establish an entity that will take over bus operations with effect from 1 July 2016.
The City’s Executive Committee is pleased to report that all necessary administrative preparation for the establishment of such an entity have been concluded.
 
However, the Municipality has to respond to two new developments which are the appointment of a new MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison in KwaZulu-Natal who has requested to be given sufficient time to look into the matter. The City has also received a letter from National Treasury requesting the City to supply more information pertaining to the planned municipal entity.
 
We have to be realistic in our plans and recognise that attending to the two matters will impact on the deadline of 1 July 2016, but this is not an indication that the City is reneging on its commitment of setting up a municipal entity.
We have started to deal with these new developments in order to make sure that the establishment of the entity is conducted and concluded in a manner that is compliant with all prescripts.
 
STAFF ISSUES
 
We would like to reassure staff members working in the current bus operation company that the Municipality is committed to the process. We are concerned about the welfare of staff and do not wish for them to worry about their jobs. We will keep an open line of communication between all parties to make sure that concerns are raised and attended to timeously.
 
INTERVENTION TEAM
 
We are committed to the process of the deployment of an Intervention Team to stabilise the bus operation. This move, which was a result of a court process is an Order of Court and thus binds the parties to its stipulations. In the event of any changes to the current operating arrangements, the Court is best placed to provide an independent and just ruling when such a matter arises and is presented before it for a decision. The Intervention Team, which has been in place since February 2016, has been very effective and has resulted in the operation running without disruptions.
 
Issued by eThekwini Municipality.
 
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