The long awaited Rustenburg Rapid Transport – which is a bus rapid transport system to be implemented in Rustenburg is expected to start operations by the end of the year. This is according to the Executive Mayor of the Rustenburg Local Municipality, Mpho Khunou. He made the announcement while speaking at the demonstration of the RRT bus (now known as Yarona) and unveiling of the uniforms at the Civic Centre earlier today. While the Executive Mayor admits that the implementation of the project has not gone without challenges since it was first launched in 2011, he said the municipality can finally see light at the end of the tunnel. “Today we are marking a very important milestone for the project that was launched as far back as 2011. I think a lot of people might have given up on Rustenburg, saying that this thing will never happen, but we congratulate everyone who has been part of this project,” Khunou said. The Executive Mayor further thanked the taxi industry for having endorsed the implementation of the project and exercising patience. “In the past nine years, there has only been one march from the industry and one march in that long time, so I guess we can take one march in nine years,” he said.
The Executive Mayor said that although the implementation of Yarona had been projected at a R3billion to date, it has not used up all the funds. “So far the project has only used upto R2.8b,” he said.
10 buses are expected to be fully operational and ferrying commuters to town.