Luxury and Safety is coming the way of Bojanala Commuters as Thari Bus Service introduced 38 more state of the art buses today, 08 July 2021 in Mothutlhung. Transportation is an essential part of the development of any country. A large part of the South African people relies on public transport to commute from one place to another, on a daily basis.
The 38 are, according to the bus operator General Manager Collin Moodley, part of the 100 that are expected to have been replaced by the end of 2021. “Today we proudly show these 38 buses and we envisage to replace a fleet of 100 buses before year end 2021.
The pandemic has impacted the pace of arrival of the remaining 62. With this massive upgrade we now seek to improve commuter reliability and safety and improve commuter reliability and safety and improve service delivery that allows us to be the number one bus service in Brits,” said Moodley.
Thari Bus Service, which was first operated by NTI, was put out to tender by the North West Government and Amarosa Trading (Pty) Ltd was awarded the contract in June 2004. Amarosa Trading (Pty) Ltd has successfully operated this contract of 190 buses for the past 17 years.
The MEC for the department of Community Safety and Transport Management, Sello Lehari, accompanied by departmental and Madibeng Local Municipality staff inspected the buses and requested Thari management to ensure that compliance be prioritised and that their employees be provided with PPEs. The MEC also implored on them to play a role in creating employment.
“Invest in training your staff. Ensure that your compliance officers know what they are doing. I cannot stress this enough. Thari is a service provider to government, we urge that they take compliance seriously. It is our joint responsibility that we do not lose more lives than we have already,” said the MEC.