To date, no funds have been transferred to the transport departments of Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo for the project. This is according to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, who revealed this in a written response to a parliamentary question from the DA’s Thamsanqa Mabhena.
Mabhena also asked about public consultation and the feasibility study on the project - which involves building a railway along the R573 Moloto Road to ferry commuters between Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng - and which has long been in the pipeline.
In 2016 it was reported that South Africa had signed a co-operation agreement with the People’s Republic of China to build the Moloto Rail Development Corridor. In his response, Mbalula said rapid rail provided the most feasible long-term solution to address the transport challenges being experienced in the Moloto corridor.
“Construction of the rail line can only be undertaken once the detailed design has been concluded, and the required funding has been secured,” he said.