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South Africa: Investments in Road Infrastructure will Unlock Economic Growth
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Thursday, August 28, 2014
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Aug 28, 2014

The deputy minister also said the department tabled the National Transport Master Plan at the end of the second quarter of the 2013/14 financial year, which Cabinet has since referred to the Inter-Ministerial Committee for consultations with the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC).

The deputy minister said the master plan seeks to integrate different modes of transport, with the aim of bolstering economic activity and eventually growth.

She said in line with President Jacob Zuma’s pronouncement during his State of the Nation Address last month, her department would also create a space for the private sector to participate and be part of every decision that the department will take going forward.

The deputy minister also said special attention needed to be given to public transport, particularly the taxi industry, as it contributes to growth and job creation annually.

“We believe that through road transport, we also need to unlock the potential of the taxi industry as it contributes R40 billion to the gross domestic product (GDP) per annum and about 300 000 jobs.

“We believe that this is an industry that needs attention and needs to be developed and formalised. We will therefore be looking into that,” she said.

Deputy Minister Chikunga said with the department’s budget not able to fund road infrastructure development, there was a need for government to come up with funding models.

“We have to find a way and actually begin to discuss the issue of funding models for infrastructure development, particularly road infrastructure development.

“We believe that this is a discussion that all of us need to participate in so that we do not just criticise when different funding models are introduced but we are able to say that this is the best effective funding model for our infrastructure development,” she said.
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