You’ll be on the bus in 2017!

Rustenburg confirms the operational rollout of Phase 1 and 2 of the RRT project for 2016-18

2007

National Government through the Department of Transport (DoT) identified Rustenburg as one of the 13 cities in South Africa eligible for an RRT system.

2008

Rustenburg Municipality advertised Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network (IRPTN) tender.​

2009

Consulting team appointed as the successful bidder and conducted operational Feasibility Study.​

2010

Feasibility Study completed. Successful application was made to National Treasury and the DOT for funds based on operational feasibility.

2011

Funds granted. Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) project launched. Planning, design and modeling processes commence.​

2012

Final designs complete. Construction begins on bus corridor A – north west corridor – June 2012

2013

Construction begins on bus corridor B – north east corridor. Operations planned into 4 main phases and shared with the public. Design of Central Station completed and shared with the public.

2014

Corridor construction continues – station superstructures and depot design starts. Taxi Negotiation Forum was formed with affected associations in Phase 1 and 2. Phase 1A,B,C and Phase 2 operational planning refined.

2015

Construction of first sections of BRT lanes, stations, depots complete. Buses delivered and training scheduled. Operating contracts negotiated and concluded. First phase of bus services introduced at the end of 2015 – 13 routes catering for 100,000 people

2016

Phase 1A and 1C will see operations start – Tlhabane and the suburbs to Waterfall Mall. 7 BRT stations operating and 10 routes by the end of 2016. Construction on remainder of network continues. 80 buses operating.

2017

Phases 1 B operations due to start to Boitekong, Ramochana, Freedom Park, Meriting, Paardekraal and Sunrise Park. 5 extra BRT stations and 3 routes. Central station due for completion. 70 extra buses in the network.

2018

​Phase 2 operations start – services extend up to Kanana – 4 additional routes added. 60 additional buses to be added to the services.

2019/20

Additional Phase 3 routes introduced on north west corridor to Phokeng. Construction on remainder of network continues.

2021

Remainder of full flex system rolled out to outlying Phase 4 townships

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!