Society needs reliable transport: Martins

2012-07-09 13:26
Ben Martins (GCIS, Sapa)

Ben Martins (GCIS, Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria - A reliable and efficient transport system is essential to the functioning of society, Transport Minister Ben Martins said on Monday.

"It has great influence and bearing on the location and range of economic and leisure activities," Martins told the Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria.

"It influences the mobility of people. In some, it influences the quality of life..."

Martins said the transport sector should contribute to socio-economic development and that investment in infrastructure should leave behind more than power stations, railway lines, dams, and roads.

"It must in necessity lead to heightened industrialisation in order to generate skills and boost job creation."

Martins said state-owned companies and entities were contributing to infrastructure development.

"Transnet and Sanral have allocated R300bn and R133bn, respectively, over the next seven years for infrastructure development."

The Passenger Rail Agency of SA would continue to refurbish and upgrade ageing rail stock and networks, he said.

The conference would also discuss transport for rural development, urban transport policy and planning, safety and security, rail transport, and road construction.

A set of recommendations and findings would be put together after the conference and presented to the transport department.
Read more on:    transnet  |  prasa  |  sanral  |  ben martins  |  transport

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Amazing solar inventions!

Solar power is lighting up the world, and not just on rooftops anymore.



Prince George the green prince?
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa
China's air pollution at doomsday levels
Keep food fresher for longer

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

The full moon energy can be quite intense today as your emotions fight against reason. It is important to ground your ideas more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.