Society needs reliable transport: Martins

2012-07-09 13:26

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.

  • Jono - 2012-07-09 13:29

    We need a whole knew goverment first!

      Tony-Lapson - 2012-07-09 13:51

      "Society needs reliable governance." That's what I read, because, lets face it, as much as a minister (or government) wants to look like they are doing a decent job... they are the ones responsible for making it happen. It is no use releasing a statement which merely states the obvious. It's like saying, "You are suffering, we only just realized that now... over the sound of how popular we are. We just want you to know that something MIGHT be done about it."

      jerzy.bondov.5 - 2012-07-09 13:54

      We need to rid our nation of the nay sayers first

      procold2 - 2012-07-09 14:10

      and tell me mr ben martins did you come up with this all by yourself or did your find your prdesessors file when you took office

      Klaus - 2012-07-09 14:41

      cANCer's thinking = as long as you talk about it, anything, you have contributed your bit - don't do anything positive, this might count against you ?! Saw Gauteng Premier on TV, galavanting in China, mouthing big words about town planning in China & how far advanced here new friends are - embarrassing & pathetic !

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-09 13:39


  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-07-09 13:47

    Research into possible options such as a Skytrain for CT. We are told a subway cannot be build due to the city being on the water line (so is London, NY etcc...), so a Skytrain might be a good option. Less pricey to build, less construction work and it is safe. Consult with the Japanese... When there's a will, there's a way

  • Sean - 2012-07-09 13:49

    ...stop stating the obvious and implement the big talk...

  • Phillip - 2012-07-09 13:50

    No, really? Mmmm..."A reliable and efficient transport system is essential to the functioning of society". Gee, I hadn't thought of that, but I guess why that's why I'm not Minister of Transport!

      Tony-Lapson - 2012-07-09 13:53

      Don't worry, he didn't think of it either... until he had to make it seem like some kind of work was being done.

      rory.audie - 2012-07-09 15:11

      Its like he just read a book on modern civilisation and what it takes to be considered civilised.

  • chris.shield - 2012-07-09 13:53

    Our public transport is useless! We keep on getting told that drunk driving is a problem but the gautrain and Rhea Vaya don't run at night. Spoornet only seem to care about bulk freight, there passenger service is an overpriced shadow of what it was under the SAR&H. We need decent reliable 24hr affordable public transport. I'd suggest the transport minister goes to somewhere like London or New York to see how it's supposed to be done....

  • Allan - 2012-07-09 14:02

    They holding a CONFERENCE to discuss the Transport requirements. After 18 years and many Transport Ministers we still not sure what is needed never mind implementing the plan as there currently is NO plan

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-09 14:07

    We have had this conversation before. It's all hot air once again. You do a lot of conferences and a lot of talks but still haven't delivered. Now walk the talk.

  • hendrikvs - 2012-07-09 14:09

    The same nonsense repetitive talk and no action taken.

  • Tishan - 2012-07-09 14:11

    Ok does anyone have any good ideas besides whining and crying.. are you prepared to sacrifise your time to assist.. if not stop complaining. does anyone here take the taxi, bus or train to work. has anyone been on the gautrain.. stop complaining. gee thats all people on this site do complain like 6 year olds.. get a life. at least the minister is trying

      elizabethann.auld - 2012-07-09 14:18

      I agree about the non stop moaning! BUT - I would love to see less talk - good, bad or indifferent and SEE LOTS OF SUCCESSFUL ACTION! With everything, not just transport. Maybe if there was less talk, there would be less hot air and global warming would also slow down!

      Tony Lapson - 2012-07-09 14:22

      Sorry Mr Enlightened one... I will get started building a fleet of busses, official bus stops, railway tracks, rail wagons and planned routes as soon as I magically become a billionaire. Because it is my job as tax payer to do so... Why is my salary reduced by 1/6th again?

      Lacrimose - 2012-07-09 14:35

      Please tell that the the 1000s of jobless who cannot get to job interviews because they don't have transport

  • victor.windsor - 2012-07-09 14:15

    Soceity needs a reliable government !!!

  • richard.zanner - 2012-07-09 14:27

    They have a wonderful system. The Taxi system is great, especially since it need not obey traffic rules in peak hours so can get you there super fast (that is unless you die on the road.)

  • andy.pipkin.5458 - 2012-07-09 14:28

    Great so government will be spending R300bn and R133bn (why are there two amounts, one for cost and one for tender?) of our tax money to buy new taxis which will replace the broken new taxis that we paid for not so long ago? Endless useless cycle if you ask me.

  • Paulo - 2012-07-09 14:53


  • 6Lady6Cadaver6 - 2012-07-09 15:20

    Captain state the obvious strikes again! They continue to point out all the things we need to do and need to implement etc... Well thanks for telling us what we obviously all know. How about pulling finger and doing something?

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-09 17:13

    "Society needs reliable transport: Martins" What? Another groundbreaking statement? What bet this guy programmed his tape recorder to release a statement every so often while he is having a jol at some exotic location abroad.

  • tommyunitedstates2 - 2012-07-10 10:05

    luxurious exploitation of the facilities must be minimized for this to accrue. You will conform it with me that the demand arising from the growth and development of the state has not been directly proportional to road and rail expansion, Urban congestion which has developed as a result of in proportionate growth has to be minimized as there is no point of such congestion. Road toll complaints raised will sure be reduced as they will target those who are well do and holiday makers who sure have their budgets well calculated. Other wise South Africa boasts excellent roads and infrastructure, though it still requires well recognized and identified personnel to act as parking martial’s in the city centres and its only the consumption pressure having a negative effect or calling for unnecessary expansion. Therefore expansion of the city streets to minimize traffic jams can be alleviated, by unnecessary consumption or utilization of automobiles not being promoted meaning a rise in road toll tariffs and parking charges being raised. Finally implying that it’s not only reliable transport needed by society but also its proper management, utilization, reliability in the short term . Further development in the long term is I bet in state interests hence the need for electrical cable busses and trams for the urban center and its suburbs to reduce on costs on fuel and polision. We can achieved this by getting into common venture with MDC’s like Russian who are far advanced.

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