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The annual transport conference held last week at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria had one significant difference from those of recent years: while for the better part of a decade there has been a special workshop on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) — the high-quality bus service such as Rea Vaya in Johannesburg and MyCiTi in Cape Town — that dedicated day was absent from the 2018 conference. One of the reasons may be the kind of view recently expressed by Gauteng roads and transport MEC Ismail Vadi when he presented his budget vote speech: "I must register my grave concern over the slow pace of implementation of the BRT systems in all three Gauteng metropolitan municipalities. The implementation timelines are continuously shifting further in time and the ridership levels are not increasing. The ongoing delays in launching the new phases of the system and the low ridership must be attended to as a matter of urgency."

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