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Cross border bus operators have been ordered by the court to move their operations from Powerhouse to the newly refurbished Fleet Africa site in Newtown.
THE City has won a court case against cross border bus operators operating illegally at Powerhouse in Braamfontein.

Johannesburg took the matter to court after some bus operators refused to vacate the site.

“We are pleased that the matter has finally been resolved,” said Lisa Seftel, the executive director for transportation. “Our main priority has always been to ensure that the public transport system works for both operators and passengers.”

The operators have been ordered to remove all buses and trailers from the property by 15 July or face paying a fine. The order also authorises the sheriff of the court to remove all buses and trailers from the property should the owners fail to do so.

Seftel said the City had asked the operators to relocate their operations to Fleet Africa on numerous occasions. The newly refurbished site is at 233 Main Street in Newtown.

Powerhouse is on the corner of Harrison and Lleyd streets.

“The site was previously a municipal bus depot and has all the amenities needed for public transport operations. It has proved to be popular with the commuters because it is near Fordsburg, where most passengers do their shopping,” said Seftel.

It had 24-hour security and ranking and holding facilities, restaurants, grocery shops, a washing area, storage and office facilities, ticketing and safe internal traffic circulation.

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