Transport 'vital for economic growth'

By Drum Digital
25 September 2012

South Africa must maintain and expand its transport and logistics network to support economic growth, the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Tuesday.

"Many challenges in the transport sector exist and unique solutions are required to address bottlenecks and other impediments," said Sacci CEO Neren Rau.

Rau's statement was issued after a business dialogue breakfast held by Sacci and the transport department.

Transport director general George Mahlalela attended the meeting.

Its objective was to discuss issues of concern, and possible solutions.

Private sector participation would be necessary to raise an estimated R140 billion required for road maintenance and upgrades -- a truth acknowledged by the department, according to Rau.

Projects discussed at the breakfast included the Passenger Rail Agency of SA's (Prasa) modernisation process, the Moloto Rail Corridor, the coal haulage roads system in Mpumalanga, and the Durban-Gauteng Freight corridor, among others.

Other topics under discussion included the participation of the department of transport in the Southern African Development Community region, financing of infrastructure development, especially relating to the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, the impact of the proposed customs bill on the inland ports system, the lack of capacity on the rail corridors and the Prasa tender process.

"Sacci especially welcomes the commitment made by the director general and his team to take an open door approach to business proposals and solutions by Sacci members," Rau said.

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