16 August 2012
Today the New Age held a business briefing with the Minister of Transport Benedict Martins at the International Convention Centre in Cape Town.
The month of October has been declared as transport month by the department. During the month of October the department will be showcasing its achievements and also highlighting the challenges it faces.
R40 billion has been allocated for the upgrade of rail infrastructure in the country, as Minister said the rail industry is the backbone of transport in the country.
The Department of Transport is looking at several acts that will be amended including the Oil Pollution Act, National Land Transport Act and the Road Transportation Act.
Tackling the controversial E-Tolling system, Minister Ben Martins stated that roads need to be paid for in someway, but he said the department is hoping that the issue will be sorted out in 3-months time.
A Greenpaper on Maritime will be launched by the department. With the paper focusing on coastal shipping which includes regional and domestic shipping, ship building and green shipping. The department has estimated that the upgrade of the transport system in the country will create on average 65,000 jobs.
Minister Ben Martins urged South Africans to be cautious and respect the rules of the road, in order to decrease road deaths in the country.
Labels: Upgrade of the transport system underway