By 2017, commuters will be able to travel seamlessly between Alexandra and Sandton on Rea Vaya buses.
Executive Mayor Mpho Parks Tau and MEC of transport in Gauteng Ismail Vadi on 22 April unveiled a construction board marking the start of the construction of a Rea Vaya Bus Station in Sandton.
The station will be built at the corner of Rivonia Road and 5th street, right next to the Gautrain station. It will be a feeder to the Gautrain and connect commuters to OR Tambo International Airport.
The construction of Rea Vaya phase 1C infrastructure will also connect the inner city to Alexandra and the Sandton Central Business District, creating more business and job opportunities for communities in the city.
Responding to residents who had threatened to stop the development because they were not involved in it, Mayor Tau said the City follows the letter of the law and is committed consulting all stakeholders. “Everything we do has to be in line with the prescribed scope of law. We have an open door policy, engage with us and we will find solutions on how best can we work together to make the city the world class city.”
The mayor also addressed business people based in Sandton.
“We are hard at work to make the city a world class city, we thought involving business and Sandton as not only the city’s economic hub but that of South Africa, we will make the city the best in Africa.”
After the unveiling of the construction board, the delegation, riding on Metrobuses, toured the streets where the Rea Vaya routes will be constructed, including the site where an underground platform Rea Vaya interchange station will be built. This interchange will be built at Watt Street in Alexandra. From the interchange a bridge will be built for buses with dedicated lanes for cycling and pedestrians crossing over the M1.
The delegation went on to open the newly built pedestrian bridge in Alexandra 21st Avenue, crossing the Jukskei River. This was built after shacks along the river were flooded. It will help communities to cross the river safely and connects the old Alexandra to the East Bank and Jukskei Park.
Taking Imbizo to Alexandra
The Executive Mayor continued with his community outreach programme by addressing residents at an Imbizo held at Altrec Stadium. Thousands of community members from Alexandra and the surroundings gave the mayor a rousing welcome, singing, dancing and ululating as the delegation arrived.
The Bambanani Brass Band entertained the crowd with its rumpet playing and dancing skills.
There was screaming and chanting as the mayor, together with MMC for Environment and Infrastructure Services, Matshidiso Mfikoe (standing in for MMC for Housing Dan Bovu) handed over 16 tittle deeds to elderly people and people with disabilities.
Other members of the community were urged to go to the municipal offices in the region to get their title deeds.
Mosibadi Miemie, an 84 year old granny from 149 River Park could not hide her excitement and cried as she received her tittle deed.
She said she arrived in Alexandra from Louis Trichardt when she was only 20 years old and stayed with her father who was renting a backyard shack until she got an RDP house in 1999.
“I was worried that I will die and there is no proof that I own the house and my grandchildren will be left homeless. Now I can rest assured that my grandchildren will benefit from me owning the house.”
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