South Africa: MEC Ismail Vadi On Transport Month

Member’s statement – October Transport Month campaign

I rise to make a Member’s statement in terms of Rule 82.

Tomorrow, the 1st October, all spheres of government will co-ordinate the launch of the October Transport Month Campaign. The Minister of Transport, Ms Dipuo Peters, will kick start the Campaign in the North West Province with the opening of a new road in a predominantly rural community.

On Monday, 3rd October, the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport, in partnership with the City of Tshwane, will launch the provincial October Transport Month Campaign in city.

The theme for this year’s campaign is the “Modernisation of the Public Transport System in Gauteng”. This is derived from the ANC-led government’s multi-pillar programme of radical Transformation, Modernisation and Re-Industrialisation of Gauteng.

Gauteng’s launch of the Transport Month Campaign will showcase a sustainable mobility initiative with the unveiling of two electric bus charging stations in Tshwane. The two solar stations are part of the Legacy Project from the Cities Green Transport Programme funded in 2015 by the Green Fund.

In the course of next month, the Department, in partnership with the municipalities, will host a variety of events cutting across the Gauteng City Region to promote public transport and sustainable mobility. Some highlights of the campaign are the:

Hosting a Global Rail Conference

Initiating an electronic ticket for the taxi industry

Organising the Gauteng Cycling Indaba

Launching three road construction projects

Hosting a Transport Career Expo for high school learners and university students, and

Encouraging citizens to use public transport on very Friday of next month.

Members of the House, transport stakeholders and all Gauteng citizens are encouraged to support and participate in the Transport Month Campaign.

Source: South African Government.