Integrate transport - Ndebele

2010-06-10 19:36
Johannesburg - The answer to South Africa's transport problems was an integrated public transport system consisting of trains, buses, taxis and planes, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said on Thursday.

"This is a certain way of ensuring that our country sheds its past history of division according to race and geography and to unveil a future that bridges distance and brings all parts of our country's communities together," he said.

Ndebele was speaking at the official opening of the R63m refurbished Orlando Railway Station, in Soweto.

The development of transport is a prerequisite for a country's development, he said.

"Without transport we simply cannot move goods and people. That constraint... ensures that a country's economy cannot breathe; it ensures that a country's economy cannot grow."

Ndebele said the Gautrain started running on Tuesday; the R59m Windermere station in Cape Town opened on Wednesday; the new R140m Moses Mabhida station in Durban opened on Monday; and the R70m refurbished Nasrec station in Johannesburg opened last Wednesday.

'A legacy in transport'

"In all these projects, we are looking at cementing a legacy in transport that will take South Africa to new heights and become a living reminder about where we want to take our country," he said.

Ndebele said that although more coaches had been refurbished and put into service, pressure remained for extra services and capacity.

These demands came amid increased labour, energy and material costs; an increase in capital investment but not operational subsidies; a lack of human resources capacity to rationalise operations, maintain, sustain and expand the network; and a shortage of funding for critical upgrade and maintenance work.

"There are growing commuter travel needs and limited service and line capacities are being experienced in the system due to current system and technology limitations," he said.

Rail transport which was safe and reliable would transform people's lives as they travelled to work, home, hospitals and places of entertainment.

"In (the) year 2010... it should not matter if a country in the World Cup wants to play a friendly here in Soweto or in Sandton, the facilities should just be there."

Speaking out against vandalism, Ndebele said the country had invested billions in railway infrastructure development.

"We would like to see a firm commitment from our people that the responsibility for the transport infrastructure depends on us," he said.
- SAPA
Read more on:    sibusiso ndebele  |  transport
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
Investment tips you need to know 2015-01-29 14:07

Ever wondered how to assess your future potential liability? Feroz Basa, Senior Portfolio Manager Old Mutual Investment Group, weighs in on all the investment tips you need to know. WATCH.

/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Games on Sale!

Save up to 60% on selected games. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Love is in the air and it is swirling around you in a romantic mist. This may be an idealistic yearning for that perfect love or...read more

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

Hello 

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 24.com network.

Settings

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.