Pretoria – The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) has received a clean audit for the 2015/16 financial year, says Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi.
MEC Vadi was tabling the 2015/16 Annual Reports for the Department of Roads and Transport, the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) and g-Fleet on Tuesday in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature.
He said the department was pleased that GMA has maintained a clean audit.
The goal of delivering reliable, accessible, safe and affordable public transport to commuters will remain a top priority for the provincial government.
MEC Vadi said the initiative to procure new rolling stock for Gautrain to meet rising passenger demand over the next decade is aimed at making rail the backbone of public transport in the Gauteng city-region.
“Similarly, the completion of the Feasibility Study into the expansion of the Gauteng Rapid Rail Network will provide greater certainty about the future growth of the rail network in our province,” he said.
MEC Vadi said the highlight of the Annual Report was the sterling effort made by the new management of g-Fleet to significantly improve the audit opinion of the entity.
“Now we can state with a degree of certainty that the financial statements accurately reflect the financial health of the entity,” MEC Vadi said.
He said he’s department is committed to strengthening g-Fleet’s managerial capacity so that it stands out a as a well-managed and effective trading entity.
The department received an unqualified audit with a reduced number of concerns by the Office of the Auditor General.
MEC Vadi said the department has in place a proactive plan to ensure that the provincial road network is maintained and upgraded to support social and economic mobility as well as road safety.
“Partnerships between government and private property developers will continue to give traction to the building of new roads in the five development corridors.
“Such partnerships foster alignment and harmonisation of land use and transport, and allow for integrated development that improves the lives of ordinary people,” he said.