Multi-billion-rand project to create jobs

Minister of Transport Joe Maswanganyi.

On September 29, the minister of transport, Joe Maswanganyi, said his department will invest R2.5-billion in the Etwatwa and Daveyton rail project, which will transport an average of 25 000 people daily.

“The majority of the employment opportunities on the project have been reserved for women and the youth,” said Maswanganyi.

About 12 rail stations will be built to service Etwatwa and Daveyton.

“The department will make sure that subcontractors are sourced locally during the implementation of the project to empower local communities,” said Maswanganyi.

Maswanganyi said they believe if they take the project to Etwatwa, job creation priority must be given to people from the local community.

The department has also invested in a train-manufacturing project in Ekurhuleni, with 580 trains being manufactured in Nigel.

“We are establishing a supplier park around the train-manufacturing project.

The project will employ more than 8 000 people,” said Maswanganyi.

Also read: Ekurhuleni leads job creation – metro

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Penelope Masilela

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