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South Africa sets off on Transport Month

Under the theme “Together we move South Africa forward”, the Department of Transport will launch its annual October Transport Month (OTM) campaign on 1 October.OTM focuses on infrastructure projects that have major socio-economic spin-offs, for all modes of transport such as road, aviation, maritime, rail and public transport.

Focus areas

This year, emphasis will be placed on four pillars:

  1. Jobs created through infrastructure and other service delivery programmes;
  2. Major infrastructure developments and improvements and links to local economic developments;
  3. Special programmes aimed at youth and women; and,
  4. Rallying all sectors of society to improve road safety with an opportunity to market programmes to be implemented by the Road Safety Advisory Council.

Ongoing transport projects

Key projects will include the official opening of road infrastructure projects, such as the R71 Moria Project (interchange safety improvement), Umgeni Interchange and Denneysville Sasolburg Road in Free State.Minister Jeff Radebe, the minister in the Presidency responsible for planning, monitoring and evaluation, said OTM was also an opportunity to increase road safety awareness. In addition, traffic officers will rotate work shifts for a 24-hour day to help decrease the number of road accidents.”(The) government has also developed a qualification for traffic officers from National Qualifications Framework (NQF) 4 to NQF 6 in order to further professionalise the traffic fraternity,” he said.

Ecomobility

Gauteng’s business hub, Sandton, will take part in the Ecomobility World Festival during OTM. The aim is for a car-free CBD for the duration of the festival.”We want to close off certain streets in Sandton, our second largest CBD, to car traffic and instead use these lanes for public transport, walking, cycling and other forms of ecomobility during the entire Transport Month,” said Johannesburg Executive Mayor Parks Tau.”We want to show residents and visitors that an ecomobile future is possible and that public transport, walking and cycling can be accessible, safe, attractive and cool!”The city is providing alternative modes of transport to Sandton.

Source: southafrica


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South Africa: Transport Hosts Summit for Women in Transport, 20 to 22 August

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The Department of Transport, under the leadership of Minister Dipuo Peters and Deputy Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga will bring together women from across South Africa to engage in robust deliberations and formulate a solid strategy, plan and time frames regarding tangible economic transformation and empowerment opportunities for women in the transport sector during a three-day Summit that will be held in Gauteng from 20 to 22 August 2015. The Summit will take place under the theme: “Transport Sector, Moving Women Empowerment and Transformation Forward”

It will bring together professional women from across the economic and social landscape, women in rural areas who are beneficiaries and who are going to benefit from transport programmes and women from various formations across the country to engage on this critical initiative.

The delegates will deliberate and engage on women empowerment opportunities in the various modes of transport: rail, roads, aviation, maritime and public transport.

The Ministries of Women, Small Business Development, Communication, Telecommunications and MECs for Roads and Transport and Police and Community Safety and Liaison from all provinces will be among some of the dignitaries attending the Summit.

Department of Transport

Source: allafrica


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Executing Africa’s new maritime strategy will be difficult, warns ISS

The potential trillion-dollar economy surrounding Africa’s oceans, lakes and rivers is under threat, says Institute for Security Studies (ISS) researcher Timothy Walker.

Thirty-eight countries in Africa share a combined coastline of more than 26 000 nautical miles (47 000 km). More than 90% of Africa’s trade is seaborne, with fishing contributing to food security for more than 200-million Africans, while vast oil and gas potential lies offshore.

“In a kind of sea blindness, much of Africa’s focus has for long between locked on land issues – on borders and resource conflicts ¬– leaving a void in the marine space that others were glad to fill,” says Walker.

“In a kind of sea blindness, much of Africa’s focus has for long between locked on land issues – on borders and resource conflicts ¬– leaving a void in the marine space that others were glad to fill,” says Walker.

“Globally, Africa is often seen as a blank space in terms of its maritime involvement. The continent needs to use its newfound peace and stability to build a sustainable blue economy, which is currently underdeveloped and threatened, partially because African states lack the ability to monitor and secure their waters.

“Africa’s seas should contribute to economic and environmental security, but are too often a story of stolen resources, drowning refugees and missed opportunities.”

Piracy remains a threat, while drug smuggling and illegal fishing are increasing. Illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing is estimated to cost sub-Saharan Africa around $1-billion a year.

“In Senegal fishermen used to find fish three miles offshore. Now they have to travel 50 miles. Illegal fishing has truly diminished Africa’s resources,” says Walker. Thousands of tons of hazardous waste are dumped at sea, he adds. Africa has more than 100 ports, many operating below capacity. African-owned ships account for less than 1.2% of the world’s shipping.

AIMS 2050 However, the continent has plans to change to develop its blue economy. Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy 2050 (AIMS 2050), developed by the African Union (AU) and adopted in 2014, outlines ways to protect and grow the maritime industry. AIMS 2050 represents an important step towards securing Africa’s maritime interests, says Walker.

It encompasses aspects such as fishing, oil and gas, security, piracy, pollution, biodiversity, transport and harbours. The strategy, for example, calls for increased marine education and awareness, and the development of an African ship-building industry, he notes. It proposes a combined African maritime zone, while also emphasising capacity building in marine defence, scientific research, tourism, fisheries and ship maintenance. It also envisages the establishment of a pan-African fleet, as well as the expansion of port infrastructure. However, all of these goals are much easier written than executed, warns Walker.

No single African country can secure its marine domain on its own, and without the collective political will to put AIMS 2050 in place, non-African countries will continue to profit from the continent’s rich marine resources, he warns. “So, while the continent now has a strategy in AIMS 2050, it has little capacity to execute it.

“A maritime strategy requires you to think more internationally. It requires the development of legal mechanisms and, as marine borders are fluid and oil and fish resources transnational, regulations between countries must be harmonised. “Executing this strategy also means you need a radar network and a presence on the water, either in the form of a navy or coast guard of some sort. Also, as not every country can afford such a presence, you require inter-country cooperation.

“Ultimately you need to be able to protect your trade routes, your resources and your fish stocks,” explains Walker. To date West African and southern African states has adopted maritime strategies, while East Africa has a strategy under development.

Source: engineeringnews


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Minister woos European maritime investors to South Africa’s oceans

Deputy Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga hosted an investment seminar in London on Tuesday to promote investment in South Africa’s multi-billion-rand oceans economy, where she announced that South Africa’s 2030 National Development Plan (NDP)’s aim was to grow the country’s economy in a manner that eliminated poverty and reduced unemployment.

South Africa is situated on one of the busiest international sea routes that is very critical to international maritime transportation. Our geographical location presents a huge opportunity for investing in a diversified maritime market, Chikunga pointed out in her speech at the seminar.

Research has shown that SA’s oceans economy had the potential to contribute up to £9.8bn (R189bn) to South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and create about a million jobs.

Part of the purpose of Chikunga’s London visit was to share information on the recent developments South Africa achieved in growing our oceans economy.

“We need potential partners on a win-win basis to support South Africa’s oceans economy strategy. We extend an open invitation to investors to visit South Africa to further explore vast investment opportunities,” she said.

The seminar, Oceans Economy Investment Seminar was part of Operation Phakisa – an initiative focused on driving the economic potential of the country’s oceans. The seminar welcomed Europe based investors who were looking towards investment in South Africa, and particularly investing in maritime related interests.

From ship builders, to maritime transporters, import and export business, to all maritime related investors, the seminar showed South Africa’s true potential as a maritime nation. Presentations were delivered by Chikunga, High Commissioner Obed Mlaba, South African Oil and Gas Alliances’ Ebrahim Tokalia, Head of Operation Phakisa in the Presidency Ismail Akhalwaya and Transnet’s Richard Vallihu. The British special envoy for trade to South Africa, Baroness Patricia Scotland also attended and presented at the Seminar hosted by the Chikunga.

Chikunga was also present last week at the International Maritime Organisation special plenary session, followed by visits to harbors and Ports in England, including Plymouth, South Coast of Devon England, held various stakeholder meetings with maritime business and organisations and which finally ended with the intensive one day Seminar.

Source: cnb


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