City transport primed for investment

2018-06-27 06:00

UPON his visit to Pietermaritzburg, Transport Minister Blade Nzimande identified the transport industry in the city as a possible way to attract investment in the area.

Flanked by Premier Willies Mchunu and Mayor Themba Njilo, Nzimande expressed confidence in investment opportunities in the city and province in front of hundreds who gathered in the CBD.

Speaking at his first imbizo in Caluza, Nzimande said that once the city addresses the issues opportunities will arise, which will be beneficial to the citizens of Pietermaritzburg.

“Pietermaritzburg is within the top five of cities in the province with a high death toll, specifically Plessislaer and Edendale. A culture of responsible driving needs be built in order to combat deaths,” said Nzimande, who highlighted that road carnage, taxi violence, corruption, and the Oribi Airport matter need to be addressed.

The minister said that better road facilities would help in reducing the death toll on our roads and added that the department is currently looking into the matter. But emphasised that better roads would not completely solve the problem, referring to the taxi violence that the city experienced recently.

Nzimande said although the taxi industry was the crutch of the city’s functioning, the department would not tolerate violence when disputes arise.

This was on the back of a warning the minister issued on Friday at the Mkhondeni Licensing Office and Oribi Airport, where he stated that corruption had no place in South Africa and that the development of both facilities was imperative for growth.

“We need to start attracting investments and grow the airport as it could become an important source for employment,” said Nzimande.

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