WITH POTHOLES galore throughout Gauteng, the City of Johannesburg will host its third virtual public webinar to address such matters.
This is part of the Johannesburg Inner City Transport Master Plan on creating an accessible and inclusive public transport system. It will be held on April 16.
The proposed master plan provides a framework to improve and transform the inner city transport system to ensure that it is well connected, safe and offers reliable public transport, rationalised vehicular routes and pleasant walkable pedestrian pathways.
It seems every area in the Johannesburg City has a pothole that has become an eye-sore and this has affected business and investment opportunities.
MMC for transport in CoJ, Councillor Nonhlanhla Makhuba, said to achieve the City’s vision of an accessible, diverse and inclusive inner city that is vibrant and walkable, the City endeavours to create an efficient public transport system with the support of public and private stakeholders.
Over the next 10 years, Johannesburg’s inner city will move towards a green, walkable and multi-layered public transport system by placing emphasis on the commuter (pedestrian) experience.
“Two public consultation sessions have already been held. They attracted stakeholders ranging from business and other interested parties who gave inputs, comments and suggestions for the plan under review,” said MMC Makhuba.
The sessions were held in the form of 22 focus groups, a public webinar, opportunities to submit more information online and six follow-up meetings were held with stakeholders who requested to engage further.
The plan is to make the consultation process as inclusive as possible. The public consultation process has been used as a platform for residents to submit ideas and proposals and as a means to participate in debates around the proposed framework for the Johannesburg Inner City Transport Master Plan.
“Through the master plan, the department will restructure and integrate the City through developing transit-oriented development nodes, enhance safety, comfort, and legibility through bold intervention to improve street environments,” said MMC Makhuba.
It will provide residents the opportunity to engage documents and submit more comments and inputs that will be carefully considered. The framework for the master plan development will be reviewed and presented to Council for consideration and approval.
As a result this also prompted the MEC for transport in Gauteng Jacob Mamabolo to declare a war on poorly managed roads, amongst others.
Question is: will this problem be eradicated, your guess is just good as mine?
The virtual public webinar will be held Friday, 16 April 2021, at 10am.
Register to receive an electronic link or to attend physically: Wendy Mashitiso -WendyMa@joburg.org.za. RSVP by 14 April 2021 (limited places available due to Covid-19 regulations – first come, first serve).