GAUTRAIN MANAGEMENT AGENCY - NEWS
GAUTRAIN JOHANNESBURG TO TSHWANE LAUNCH DATE CONFIRMED
The Gauteng Provincial Government, the Gautrain Management Agency and the Bombela Concession Company are pleased to confirm that the next phase of the Gautrain will be opened for commercial service on 2 August 2011. The Independent Certifiers for the project, Arup, have confirmed that they will be in a position to issue the Operating Commencement Date Certificate for this phase of operations on Monday 1 August. This follows a rigorous evaluation of all the contractual and technical requirements for this phase.
SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE MEC FOR ROADS AND TRANSPORT TO THE GAUTENG LEGISLATURE
I have never done this before. This is my first Departmental Budget and it is indeed an honour to commend to the House Budget Vote 7 – Department of Roads and Transport for the financial year 2011/12. The underlying narrative of every budget vote is the beneficial effect it would have on the lives of citizens; the positive impact it would have on the economy; and the tangible manner in which it would reduce inequality, poverty and deprivation in our society. A budget vote is never about yesterday; it’s really about today and tomorrow.
GAUTRAIN RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL AWARDS
From about 100 international business communication awards won, Gautrain received two. The International Association for Business Communicators awarded Gautrain with a Gold Merit Award for Social Media and an Excellence award for Media Relations. On 13 June, winners of over 900 entrants from 26 countries celebrated the best work from communicators around the world whose work is furthering their organisations goals.
TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES: CILLIERS STREET, BEREA STREET AND WALKER STREET
The Gautrain construction team will be enforcing temporary road closures to Cilliers Street and Bourke Street as well as a lane reduction on Walker Street Bridge on Saturday, 16 April 2011 and Sunday, 17 April 2011 between 05:00 and 14:00.
REINSTATEMENT OF ROADS IN THE ROSEBANK CBD
Several roads in the Rosebank CBD will be reinstated following diversions that have been in place since December 2006 to facilitate Gautrain construction.
NIGHT TIME TESTING: PRETORIA STATION TO HATFIELD STATION
Residents are advised that there will be Gautrain night testing between Pretoria Station and Hatfield Station as of Friday, 15 April 2011 until Thursday, 21 April 2011, and will resume on Tuesday, 26 April 2011 until Friday, 29 April 2011. Testing will take place between 22:00 and 04:00.
GAUTRAIN FARES ANNOUNCED
Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, today announced the fares applicable for the Gautrain once the full system is operational, which is expected to be on the 1 July 2011.
MEDIA LIAISON OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARD GOES TO GAUTRAIN
The Gautrain Spokesperson, Dr. Barbara Jensen received the Media Liaison Officer of the year award for 2010 on 14 March 2011. This prestigious award, given out by the National Press Club, recognises excellence in liaison with the media. She was congratulated on always being available to the media, not steering away from difficult situations and not only communicate facts but also her passion for the project.
FOUR PRIZES FOR GAUTRAIN FROM PRISA
Gautrain received four prizes on 26 March 2011. Awarded by the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA), Gautrain was recognised for Public Relations in Strategic Management.
TWO PRIZES FOR GAUTRAIN FROM IABC
The International Association of Business Communicators award Gautrain with two awards. The African Gold Quill awards were received for Gautrain’s social media as well as for its media relations. The Quill awards recognises individuals and organisations for leadership, strategic management, creativity, resourcefulness and successful solutions within the communication sector. Having been an award winner on the African continent, Gautrain is automatically entered into the international Gold Quill award competition.
ATTITUDE TO GET 150KM OF TRACK LAID – “JUST KEEP GOING”
On 25 May 2009 Jan van Tonder, Engineering Manager of Isithimela Rail Services, and his team started with the construction of the Gautrain track. Ninety-eight meters of track, using 106m³ of concrete, was laid on the first day. He remembers his thoughts on the commencement of such a colossal task: “Just keep going”.
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