The Executive Mayor of Tshwane Steven Mokgalapa and MMC Sheila Lynn Senkubuge launched public transport intermodal facilities in Kopanong and Mabopane on Tuesday afternoon.
The business of the day was delayed after there was an eruption of violence in the Kopanong Intermodal Facility which was caused by the residents. It was alleged that the residents of Kopanong were not informed of the event and this led to the commotion and picketing of the media personnel.
Police officers managed to calm the situation after firing a number of rubber bullets at the intruding crowd which was throwing stones and bottles.
The acting Spokesperson of the Mayor, Norman Mohale said that the intermodal transportations will be driven by the Integrated Randburg Public Transport Network (IRPTN). She said that the purple buses of Areyeng will form part of the IRPTN and it will be about getting all modes of transport to where passengers can easily get off and on at the same time.
Mohale said that the intermodal facilities took 2 years to complete which was the estimated time. The overall cost of the project was 33 million and they still aim to get every mode of transportation in one place, which is the reason for locating this near the railway that connects Mabopane and Soshanguve with Belle Ombre Station on the North of the CBD.
The Mayor said he was happy to bring the people of Tshwane together from Mamelodi, Attragevile, Town and Soshanguve and that it can now be a safe transportation system for commuters.