Pretoria — As schools in the coastal provinces reopened on Wednesday, Eastern Cape Transport, Roads and Public Works MEC Thandiswa Marawu led a campaign to monitor the scholar transport services in the OR Tambo District.
Marawu visited schools in Tsolo, Bhaziya and Mthatha in an effort to ensure that learners were ferried safely and on time. Transport Department officials have also been dispatched to various districts to monitor the service.
Marawu said the department will this year see a major improvement in the monitoring of the scholar transport service.
She said the department has instructed provincial traffic officers to work together with public transport inspectors in all districts to conduct spot checks for roadworthiness of vehicles that will be ferrying learners and fitness of drivers.
The department has allocated R340 million for scholar transport services in the 2013/14 financial year.
"While the department is still finalising the bidding process in search of the new service provider, One Future Development 46 was re-appointed for a period of six months starting from 16 January until 30 June 2013 in order to avoid unnecessary disruption of the service during this critical period of the re-opening of schools.
"The terms and conditions of this engagement are the same as those of the contract that expired in December 2012. They are expected to transport the same number of learners (54 000) on the same routes and pick - up points," said Maruwa.