CAPE TOWN, South Africa’s Cabinet has approved two Bills which lay the foundation for the development of an integrated passenger transport system which will be accessible to all, says Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.
She said here Thursday that the Cabinet at its meeting on Wednesday had approved the Draft Revised White Paper on National Transport Policy to be published for public comment. The policy aims to provide a transport system that is integrated with other related sector plans so as to reduce both the cost of commuting and doing business, she added at a media briefing.
It also aligns the country’s transportation plans to the global transportation trends by improving the safety, security, reliability, quality and speed of transporting goods and people, while also improving South Africa’s competitiveness and that of its transport infrastructure and operations by reducing the cost of doing business.
The Cabinet also approved the Green Paper on Roads Policy for South Africa to be published for public comment soon. A green paper is designed to stimulate responses from the public and interested parties and provides a framework of focused policy issues for discussion which can form an important basis for policy proposals and formulation.
Mokonyane said the policy provided the over-arching framework to ensure South Africa’s roads are better managed, safer and include all modes of transport to deliver a sustainable approach to roads management.
It guides the road regulations, infrastructure, safety, road funding and non- motorised transport.
The Cabinet also approved the Railway Safety Bill of 2017 to be published for public comment. The Bill seeks to improve railway safety and create a governance structure to oversee the work of the Rail Safety Regulator of South Africa.
It is also aligned to the National Rail Policy regarding the strengthening of safety monitoring, and the promotion and enforcement of safety in the country’s railways.
The Draft Economic Regulation of Transport Bill of 2017 was also proved to be published for public comments and consultation. The Bill addresses the regulatory and capacity gaps in respect of provision of a cost-effective and efficient transport system.
Source: NAM News Network