The DA-led Tshwane government has launched its free bus ride for job seekers’ initiative.
From what we learnt, the city kick-started the free bus ride for job seekers’ programme availing three buses that will serve Kangala, Zithobeni and Rethabiseng this week until Thursday, 12 October 2017.
It is said that more than 200 youth job seekers from the from the three townships took advantage of the city’s initiative on Monday.
The essence of the programme is to relieve job seekers the burden of travel costs.
“The unemployed youth in Bronkhorstspruit were given a helping hand by the City of Tshwane when MMC for Roads and Transport, Cllr Sheila Lynn Senkubuge, unveiled a free bus ride to the youth job seekers in the area this week as part of the pilot project to enable them to access job opportunities.
“…With 9.3 million South Africans unemployed, DA-led Tshwane wants to promote access to transport for job seekers to enable them to access opportunities more easily,” read a statement the Democratic Alliance party issued.
Speaking, Senkubuge disclosed that the outcome of this first phase will be studied and necessary changes implemented before the full-scale operation begins.
“We are providing these busses for four days this week as part of our pilot project of which its data will be used to identify any challenges or any loose ends that need to be tied up before we roll it out to the rest of the city’s regions,” said the MMC.
Earlier, the city announced its decision to increase the number of A Re Yeng buses which have taken over the operations of AutoPax in Mamelodi.
“This initiative was prompted by service demand in that area. The service was initially supported by 30 buses, and we have now increased the fleet to 45 buses.
“The increase in demand is a demonstration that the takeover of the service by the City has been well received by the community and the operations continue to progress reasonably well. The increase in the fleet will neither result in the change of routes nor the bus fares,” stated the city.