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Transport commits to improving lives of South Africans

The Department of Transport says it will dedicate its programmes towards the upliftment of South Africans.

“Our people yearned for better infrastructure, particularly road and public transport infrastructure, which is the backbone of economic development towards total emancipation of any community,” said newly appointed Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi.

The Minister was addressing a media briefing, in Pretoria on Monday, where he outlined his immediate programme of action on key transport strategic areas.

“The message we want to send out is that: we are ready, willing and able to make a difference in the lives of our people.

“Guided by the National Development Plan 2030, we are continuing to build a South Africa that must be free from poverty, inequality and unemployment,” Minister Maswanganyi said.

Moloto Road

He said the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) is continuing with the planning phase of the R4.5 billion project to upgrade the current Moloto Road.

“The Moloto Road is currently under construction with the purpose of ensuring the safety of road users and also bring to an end the accidents that claim many lives,” Minister Maswanganyi said.

In 2016, South Africa signed a cooperation agreement with China to build the Moloto Rail Development Corridor.

E-tolls

He said he will engage will all relevant stakeholders on the contentious issues of e-Tolling as he is aware of the concerns that have been raised regarding the funding of the road infrastructure.

“We want to assure the nation that we are a government that listens,” Minister Maswanganyi said.

Seamless transition

The Minister has met with the senior management of his department in order to ensure that there is a seamless transition and continuation in rendering services to the people of South Africa.

“Later today I will be continuing with my consultations to meet the chairpersons and CEOs of our state owned entities (SOEs).

“Our SOEs play an important role in the implementation of the mandate of the department in particular and of government in general,” Minister Maswanganyi said.

Source: news24

SANRAL plans to bring e-tolls to Cape Town

South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) plans to introduce e-tolls in Cape Town in order to fund road maintenance.

Mayoral committee member for transport, Brett Herron, joins Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath in studio to discuss the legal battle the city is currently having with SANRAL.

Herron says the decision process that led to the adoption of SANRAL’s plans to toll freeways were legally flawed, and the city does believe that the cost to consumer and the economy is justified.

Are there other ways to fund road improvements and maintenance?

Watch the video here.

Source: News 24


 

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E-Tolls Consultation to Continue

Gauteng Premier David Makhura will on Friday convene a consultative session with all stakeholders to discuss the report of the Advisory Panel on the Socio-economic Impact of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) and the e-tolls.

This is a commitment the Premier made when releasing the Advisory Panel report last month to consult with the people on matters that affect them.

The consultative meeting will be held with all the stakeholders that made submissions to the panel to consider all the recommendations and their full implications, including the best funding model.

The consultation meeting will be held at Gallagher Estate Convention Centre in Midrand, starting at 9am.

In July last year, Premier Makhura established the advisory panel with a mandate to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the socio-economic impact of e-tolls.

The advisory panel report has recommended that elements of the current e-toll system must be reviewed to address affordability, among others.

The main recommendation of the panel is that elements of the current e-toll system must be reviewed to address the questions of affordability, equity, fairness, administrative simplicity and sustainability.

The panel has made more than 50 recommendations that address the socio-economic impact of the GFIP and e-tolls, including issues of public transport infrastructure, environmental sustainability and spatial integration of the province.

According to Premier Makhura, once the consultation processes are concluded, government will make an announcement on the recommendations.

Source: All Africa


 

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