Construction and development

Up to 5,500 short-term jobs will be created during the development phase of the RRT of which 1100 will be local. These will include jobs in construction, supply of materials (particularly environmental materials), recruitment of labour, bus assembly and manufacturing, and training for bus drivers and allied transport staff. Highly skilled professional service providers are involved, in the fields of architecture, engineering, information technology and communications and marketing.

Local economic development

A minimum of 25% of all the RRT contract value must be spent in Rustenburg, as stipulated by the Rustenburg Local Municipality. This will translate into an injection of estimated R750 million into the local economy. Experienced suppliers coming in to work on the project have to partner with local suppliers and facilitate skills transfer. All suppliers are required to have accredited BB-BEE ratings. Experienced suppliers coming in to work on the project are doing so in partnership with local firms such as local architects, IT specialists and communications and engineering services.

The Rustenburg Transport Agency

A new operations company, the Rustenburg Transport Agency, will be established. It will be tasked with running RRT as a viable commercial venture on behalf of the RLM. The Rustenburg Transport Agency will need to employ an estimated 80 permanent staff, with preference given to Rustenburg residents. There will be jobs created in traffic surveillance, facilities management, IT management, marketing, administration, maintenance and cleaning.

Existing mini-bus taxi operators

The South African government has committed to existing mini-bus taxi operators that jobs will not be lost, but transformed into new opportunities through a transparent process of negotiation and consultation. Currently the informal taxi industry in Rustenburg has an estimated 2100 operators with 1 to 2 taxis each. Drivers, marshalls and washers will be offered the opportunity to look at new career options in the RRT and have access to the required skills training where necessary.

The members of the 22 taxi associations in the Rustenburg area are being engaged in a 6-phase negotiation process to incorporate their services into the RRT. The first phase of identifying the affected members proceeded in 2011. By early 2012 the Taxi Negotiating Forum was established. Stages two and three of the process will include evaluating the affected operator businesses, and negotiating compensation packages – which should be completed by the middle of 2013. Stages four and five include the establishment of new operating companies and the negotiations around the contracts to operate the new integrated public transport system, due for completion before the end of 2014. Stage six, which happens over the entire transformation period, is about ensuring employment and skills development for operating the new system.

Linda Hlatshwayo

Communications Unit Manager

Ms Linda Ntombikayise Hlatshwayo holds a BA Communications Degree from the North-West University. She is currently studying towards the completion of B.Soc Science honours degree in Peace studies and International Relations. Hlatshwayo, an accomplished authority in Advertising, Public Relations and Tourism joined the Rustenburg Local Municipality in 2015 as Unit Manager Communications responsible for providing and maintaining an efficient internal and external communications service to the RRT. Ms Hlatshwayo has experience in both the private and public sector and has a little over 12 years in the communications industry. Prior to her joining the RRT, she was the Marketing Coordinator for the National Home Builders Registration Council North West (NHBRC) and before that she was the Head of Communications at Mahikeng Local Municipality. In addition, she was part of the AFCON 2013 team that delivered the Rustenburg games as the Media Operations Manager where she was exposed to both local and international media. Moreover, she has held positions at Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) as the Public Relations Officer as well as SASSA (South African Social Security Agency as a Senior Communications Officer.

Having had a colorful work history, in her current role, she contributes towards ensuring seamless communication for the Municipality where it relates to the RRT project, so that a positive public image and reputation of the entity is maintained at all times.

Maintaining healthy relations within the organisation and all stakeholders is her daily occupation. She is also responsible for promoting the growing Yarona brand and also acts as the Yarona spokesperson. In addition, she facilitates media briefings, arranges media interviews and produces press statements in order to keep stakeholders abreast with the developments within the RRT.

Hlatshwayo has an excellent record in building crucial relations and an environment of trust and professional interaction with the local and national media to promote Yarona and handles inquiries. She is looking forward to positioning Yarona as a brand to be reckoned with especially heading towards the launching of the system in 2016!