Rustenburg mayor Mpho Khunou, municipal manager Nqobile Sithole, single whip Lekgotla Mataboge and MMC Michael Mhlungu at the handing over of new fleet and opening of fleet management centre. Photo: ANA/Stringer

RUSTENBURG - The Rustenburg municipality in the North West on Monday, launched a multi-million rand new fleet management centre.

Municipal manager Nqobile Sithole said the fleet management centre was the start for the municipality to be able to achieve a world-class city.

"We will be able to deliver quality services to our communities in time and in a cost-efficient manner," she said.

The fleet management centre consists of a control room with a tracking system which could track the movement of every vehicle, a car wash, a tyre fitment centre and fuel.

Rustenburg Mayor Mpho Khunou said R29 million was used to refurbish the centre.

Rustenburg mayor Mpho Khunou says a yellow fleet to speed up service delivery was expected in the city within a month. The city purchase a total of 132 news vehicles and expect 150 in the coming months. Video: Molaole Montsho

The project created 100 job opportunities during the construction phase and 50 people were employed on full-time basis after completion.

The municipality also handed over new cars to different units in the municipality.

Rustenburg municipal manager Nqobile Sithole says the opening of new fleet management centre and new vehicle is the start to achieve a world class city. Video: Molaole Montsho

He said the municipality has gone past the period of leasing of vehicles.

Last year, municipal workers at the water and sanitation unit refused to drive rented vehicles, stating that the vehicles were not branded and put their lives in danger when they went out to work in different parts of the city.

Khunou called on municipal workers to take care of the vehicles.

"Our expectation is that our employees will look after these vehicles, one official handed a municipal vehicle to his wife, she was caught in Rustenburg Noord." 

The municipality was expected to receive a yellow fleet within 30 days.

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