Marching towards 2017 target

Yarona™ project has been split into four phases estimated at R2 billion. It is meant to encourage owners of private vehicles to see the system as a viable option for mobility. This will help ease congestion, reduce the impact on the environment and support the development of Rustenburg as a sustainable City. The aim is to place 80% of Rustenburg resident within 1km of Yarona™ services. Upon completion the Yarona™ will cover 295km servicing 204 000 passengers daily. The first phase is expected to “go live” in 2017.

As part of the project 36 buses will be purchased for Phase 1a routes. Moreover, great progress has been made in the construction of six state-of-the-art six stations along the Yarona™ route.

Currently Phases One and Two of the project are being implemented. Phase One has further been staggered into Phase 1A, 1B and 1C.

On a daily basis, the RRT Directorate and contractors continue to work in earnest in a bid to deliver the first phase of the project in 2017. The works, which include stations and platforms, have been divided into sections for ease of implementation, evaluation and monitoring. This process involves the relocation of several services including storm water, sewer and water pipe lines crossing or running parallel to the existing route that will require protection and or moving.

Section A

This one covers the distance along Oliver Tambo Drive and Thabo Mbeki Drive, connecting the Central Business District. It encompasses Bridge Two and the platform for Station 16. It will cost R160 million.

Section B

This section stretches between Oliver Tambo Drive and Thabo Mbeki Drive, up to Nelson Mandela Drive. It is inclusive of the platform for Station 21(central station) in Thabo Mbeki Drive. It will cost R102 million.

Section C

It passes through Thabo Mbeki Drive and Nelson Mandela Drive. It takes in Bridge One and the platform for Station 20. It will cost R128 million.

Section A and C

Construction of 1, 3 kilometres of dual dedicated bus lanes. This features two mixed lanes with surfaced shoulders and a platform for the central station.

Section B

Construction of 700m dual dedicated bus lanes. This features two mixed lanes with surfaced shoulders and a platform for the central station.

Source: RRT Directorate

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!