It was on 21 February 2013 that my Maternal Unit, Annette, and her friend, Isabella, embarked on a test drive of the IPTS bus service.
Exactly FOUR years and and NINE months to the day the IPTS is mooted to begin operating again on 21 November 2017.
In a statement the municipality said today:
As most of our residents are aware, the Municipality is approaching the introduction and implementation of Phase 1a of the Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) starter service on the Cleary Park route. Prior to the introduction of this safe, accessible and reliable public transport system, the Municipality needs to undertake a dry run and driver training. This will be done to ensure the operational readiness of the system.
Using the existing IPTS lanes, it is intended that the driver training will start on Tuesday, 21 November 2017. Residents, pedestrians, motorists as well as businesses must please be on the alert that the IPTS buses will be on the road between Cleary Park and the Central Business District from that date, using dedicated IPTS bus lanes.
The Municipality wishes to caution all road users to be aware that the traffic signals that provides priority to the IPTS buses will be activated.
IMPORTANT: From 21 November 2017 onwards, no vehicles, inclusive of minibus taxis, will be allowed to use the dedicated IPTS bus lane along Govan Mbeki Road via Theale Street, Fettes Road, Harrower Road up to Stanford Road towards Cleary Park and back. Note that transgressors will be fined and that their vehicles will be towed away, for their cost.
The new IPTS buses were launched in 2011 by the then Executive Mayor Zanoxolo Wayile and, Deputy Mayor Nancy Sihlwayi, in a show of absolute confidence, was snapped by MyPE having 40 winks during the launch:
Does anyone remember that the IPTS was a requirement for the 2010 World Cup?
Oh how slowly the wheels turn when people in government are negotiating kickbacks!