The GO GEORGE project reached yet another significant milestone last week with a tour of the Busmark plant in Randfontein, Johannesburg undertaken jointly by George Municipal officials, Councillors and representatives of the George Taxi Industry and George Link (new Vehicle Operating Company). The tour provided hands on viewing of the manufacturing process and the quality standards that are being used.
The Executive Mayor of George, Charles Standers accompanied by Portfolio Councillor Melvin Naik (Civil Engineering Services) and George municipal officials Lionel Daniels (Civil Engineering) and James Robb (GIPTN Unit) were given the honour of being the first group to travel in a GO GEORGE bus together with representatives of the George Taxi industry, including the Board of Directors of the new Vehicle Operating Company, George Link, and the Chairpersons from the Industry Associations GTOF, GHV and Uncedo.
There was great excitement amongst the delegation at this first viewing of the buses and the plant tour was informative, with the George Taxi Industry representatives remarking on the impressive quality of the raw materials being used in the manufacturing process.
Mercedes Benz was awarded the tender to provide the buses for the GO GEORGE project and Busmark is the manufacturing partner working in collaboration with Mercedes Benz.
This visit of the manufacturing plant took place in between a series of industry engagements which have been held by the full GIPTN team (George Municipality, Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works and advisors) at the George Civic Centre over the past two weeks for all Operating License Holders, all Registered Affected Persons and for all Drivers. With the delivery of the first buses to George imminent, the purpose of the engagements has been to provide information updates to those industry individuals who will be affected by the roll-out of the GIPTN project.
At the date of the visit, 8 buses had been completed and were currently undergoing Pre-Delivery inspections. A further 29 buses are currently in process on the production line.