The GauRide vehicles, which will be complemented by the recently launched iTransie 2 Ellispark! Service, will also ensure that all spectators can travel safely to the Confederations Cup games. Both iTransie 2 Ellis Park! and GauRide are run in partnership with the taxi industry.
“Central to the hosting of the tournament will be the effectiveness and
efficiency with which we help transport thousands of soccer supporters
to the match venues,” MEC for Roads and Transport, Bheki Nkosi told
BuaNews at the launch of the GauRide initiative on Wednesday.
GauRide, which will kick-off on Sunday when Bafana Bafana take on Iraq
at Ellis Park, will transport fans five hours before the match starts
and three hours after the final whistle.
The MEC said the drivers to be used for the GauRide initiative, have
undergone extensive training on competency driving, customer care and
loading and offloading skills.
“Drivers who have not undergone the training will not be allowed to operate," he said.
He further said the department will also be distributing 100 000 public
transport maps to help travellers during the tournament and beyond.
The provincial government, he said, had bought 2 000 Confederations Cup
tickets to be distributed for free to disadvantaged communities across
Meanwhile, MEC for Community Safety Nkabisi Mosunkutu said security
will be beefed up to ensure the safety of supporters in and around the
“It is vital that we understand that safety comes first during the
tournament, and traffic officers, police and emergency officials
will need to come on board.”
Mosunkutu said police vehicles will be visible at all the venues
throughout the tournament while strict crime prevention strategies will
be applied to protect soccer fans.