SA ready for sustainable public transport

Johannesburg – Finding parking in shrinking urban spaces that have to deal with a huge influx of motor vehicles is frustrating for commuters who still commute to work in their privately owned cars. However, that may change soon as more and more commuters transition to more sustainable ways of commuting.

The EcoMobility festival, ending this week, has given South Africans a preview of what a future in which they commute to work in different modes may look like.

Karthi Pillay, Deloitte Africa Manufacturing and Automotive Leader, said the festival had shown that building sustainable cities that have an integrated public transport in South Africa was possible.

The glimpse into a sustainable, ecomobile future included walking, cycling and making use of electric bicycles and cars, even sharing driverless cars which commuters did not necessarily own. Cycle lanes are soon set to be integrated into the Sandton business precinct.

Pillay noted Sandton was selected to host the festival due to the increasing number of commuters entering the precinct. The number of commuters to the area had increased at an annual rate of 3,4% per year, and it was projected that the numbers of commuters to the area would continue to grow at around 3% per year.

EcoMobility had shown that while the technology exists, changing perceptions from using a privately owned car to public transport would take some time, especially as there was room for improvement in the public transport sector, particularly in terms of infrastructure.

The change, Pillay noted, would also require new thinking around crime and using public transport as new ways of reducing crime were looked at and as more commuters began to use their smartphones to book public transport services online.

Pillay believed South Africa was ready to embrace a shift towards ecomobility, but that this change would require “a massive mindshift, both by auto industry – whether it be auto manufacturing, insurance, financing or fuel – and by consumers”

Source: iol

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The BMW bursary program includes financial support for the following:

Registration fees

Class fees

Accommodation fees at the Institute of Higher Learning

Prescribed book or learning material fees

Examination fees

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BMW Bursaries Available

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  • Production
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Production Engineering
  • Engineering
  • IT
  • Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Business Management
  • Finance

Bursary Requirements

If you would like to apply for a bursary from BMW, candidates must provide all required documentation, complete the application form and meet all requirements.

To study with a bursary in any of the above mentioned fields, candidates require the following:

  • Grade 12 level of education with an average of 80% or higher
  • Candidates at University, completing their first year, in any of the mentioned fields must also hold an 80% average or higher
  • Be a South African citizen
  • Possess a Valid South African ID
  • Be computer literate, with competency in MS Office
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Please include your latest school results and certified copy of your ID.

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Candidates are advised to carefully read all questions, complete the application fully and honestly.

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BMW aims to eliminate any and all unfair discrimination, thus they offer equal opportunities within their occupational ranks.  They deliver an employment equity program through their affirmative action representation.

Closing Date

Applications are made available during September of each year.  There after a selection process will be done, this will be done from September up until December.  Applicants will be contacted that make the short-list, and an assessment will be completed.

There after an interview will also be set-up.  This interview will aid in the final selection process.  Candidates who qualify will be informed.  If you do not hear anything from BMW, please be advised that your application was unsuccessful.

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