Intermodal Transport Facility
Under Operation Siyahlola, MEC for Transport, Community Safety & Liaison in KwaZulu-Natal, Bheki Ntuli, the Umzimkhulu Local Municipality leadership as well as the Bus and Taxi industry visited the Intermodal Public Transport Facility. Part of the MEC’s visit was to ascertain if this transport intermodal facility had provided empowerment opportunities through awarding of contracts to emerging SMME’s, jobs and training to the local youth.
Construction works resumed in September 2018 and were intended to reach completion phase in July 2020. However there were delays in construction due to the COVID19 National Lockdown. The project cost is over R100million. The ranks will house about 20 buses and a minimum of 120 taxis. These ranks are located behind the Cash Build building in town. The overall progress to date of the completion of the facility currently stands at 62%
The Integrated Public Transport Facility project is aimed at improving the Transport System and Public Transport Facilities of Umzimkhulu as a whole. The project was initiated during financial year 2011/2012 by the KZN Department of Transport, however it has been delayed by EIA approval. The project is made up of two facilities in two sites; a modern Taxi Rank and a Bus rank. Both have well accommodated facilities of offices; local & long Distance route bays; market stalls; ablutions etc. Stakeholder engagements continue as part of planning for the project. The project is directly implemented by the Department of Transport; the municipality is playing a facilitation role.
MEC for Transport, Community Safety & Liaison KwaZulu-Natal, Bheki Ntuli, Umzimkhulu Municipality Chief Whip Xolani Tshazi and PR Cllr. Nkosinathi Mlambo.