'Business needs to step in to help troubled Metrorail'

Commuters in Cape Town have been left to find other means to get to work due to inefficiency of the rail system in the city.

Metrorail has pinned its troubles on vandalism and theft of cable lines which resulted in the rail network not functioning properly for months.

The City of Cape Town has been given the go-ahead by the council to try to take over the management of Metrorail which means the city can now approach the national government for approval and funding.

Gordon Laing, associate at Transport Futures says it all good and well that the city is planning a take over in two to three years, but the problem needs to be dealt with now.

The bigger issue is within two to three years time we might not have a system at all and to take over something that doesn't exist or function is like digging a bigger hole for yourself.

Gordon Laing, associate at Transport Futures

Laing says the thinking should move towards having collaboration initiatives similar to the ones the country had during the 2010 world cup.

He says the Chamber of Commerce is concerned with Metrorail's lack of ability to serve its customer which affects businesses because workers are late for work or forever absent.

Collaboration and cooperation can make things work really well...

Gordon Laing, associate at Transport Futures

Metrorail is spending a lot of money fixing thing that are broken, stolen and damaged - it is under attack at the moment. So what are we doing to work on something that in two to three year the city can take over and manage?

Gordon Laing, associate at Transport Futures

What if we started tomorrow with business, government and civil society and say how do we take this thing, how do we address it, how do we contribute in helping Metrorail do what it needs to do - this is not just a Metrorail problem alone.

Gordon Laing, associate at Transport Futures

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