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gautrainANA reports that labour federation Cosatu in Gauteng said on Tuesday that it was dismayed by the news that the provincial department of transport would be subsidizing Gautrain operating expenses with R1.6-billion this year.  

The Gautrain Management Agency 2017/18 annual report revealed on Monday that Gauteng taxpayers were paying R100 million a month, or R1.6-billion a year, to subsidise the running of the Gautrain as the number of passengers had dropped over the past two years.  The provincial grant was to help cover operating and maintenance expenses and the private sector portion of the capital costs until the number of passengers was sufficient for fares to meet the operating costs.  Cosatu Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile said this confirmed their standing argument and view that government did not care about safer public transport for the working-class, but prioritised transport for the elites.  Dakile said they had also observed that a number of roads passing through working-class communities were not in good condition.  One such road was the R511 or William Nicol Highway, which passes through the Diepsloot informal settlement.  Dakile indicated that Cosatu in Gauteng would be seeking an audience with Premier David Makhura and provincial MEC for transport Ismail Vadi to raise their concerns.

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