Councillor Devanand Maharaj, Cope’s councillor, has approved a welcome motion. This motion will enhance the mobility options for pensioners and persons with disabilities.
Maharaj believes it will also greatly improve their access to basic services and economic opportunities, thereby assisting to their well-being.
The proposed idea is that during off-peak hours, pensioners and people with various disabilities have access to free transportation for bus services in Johannesburg.
The motion has received overwhelming support, this according to Vasco da Gama, the speaker in the Johannesburg council. Nonhlanhla Makhuba, the Transport MMC for the City, was speaking to 702 and confirmed that this project will be piloted in 2018/2019 by the city.
“As the City, we understand the hardship that the pensioners, and often people with disabilities, face.” – Nonhlanhla Makhuba, Transport MMC for the City
A full feasibility study will be done while the project is been piloted in 2018/2019. Once the study has been completed and all is working accordingly to plan, it will be put into full swing in 2020.
This is such a wonderful initiative which will make a huge difference to many people’s lives.
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