About Rustenburg Rapid Transport

The Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) project is a flagship national public transport initiative being implemented by the Rustenburg Local Municipality. It has been commissioned by the National Department of Transport to provide a better public transport system for the people of Rustenburg. Rustenburg is one of 13 cities being supported to introduce a world class public transport system and is one of the leading secondary cities in project implementation.

During the course of 2017 financial year, the RRT project will start to provide the first public transport services to the citizens of Rustenburg. The new system will be phased in over time, with a total of four phases planned Phase 1 will include a total of 13 bus routes which will operate along existing and improved road infrastructure with dedicated bus lanes, closed stations and bus stops. One of the main features of the new public transport system will be the Central Station being constructed in the Central Business District (CBD). More than 225,000 daily passenger trips will be catered for in Phase 1 alone.

The RRT project aims to implement the recommendations of the National Department of Transports Public Transport Strategy and Action Plan, approved by Cabinet in 2007, which gives selected cities in South Africa the mandate to establish an Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN). Funding for the project will primarily be through a grant from National Treasury, namely the Public Transport Infrastructure & Systems Grant (PTISG).

Municipal Vision

A World Class City, Where All Communities Enjoy A High Quality Of Life

Municipal Mission

To Continuously Improve Quality Of Life, Economic Growth and Eradicate Poverty through Best Practice, Sustainability and Inclusive Governance

RRT Vision

Transforming our city and our lives by providing the best local public transport services possible

RRT Mission

To deliver a smart, safe, reliable and consistent public transport service to the people of Rustenburg through hard work, passion, enthusiasm and a genuine care for the needs of people

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!