Thursday, April 2, 2009

Officials Say South Africa's Transportation Needs Revitalization

In a recent debate on South Africa's transportation system, government officials called for a broad revitalization efforts to get transit and infrastructure back up to the top of the policy agenda.

The country had 750 000km of road, 22 000km of rail, seven harbours and three international airports. "These are our economic lifeblood," Democratic Alliance spokesman Robin Carlisle said. "We must care for them, protect them and develop them."

Carlisle said South Africa was also a commuting nation. "Partly due to geography and mainly due to apartheid, our commuters in South Africa make the longest commuting trips in the world."

He said people depended on transport systems, which were not working as they should.

SA transport system in bad shape
Independent Online
March 31, 2009