“Transport, the heartbeat of South Africa’s economic growth and social development!”
Lead the development of integrated efficient transport systems by creating a framework of sustainable policies, regulations and implementable models to support government strategies for economic, social and international development.
The core values of the department are:
• Maintain fairness and equity in all our operations;
• Strive for quality and affordable transport for all;
• Stimulate innovation in the transport sector;
• Ensure transparency, accountability, accessibility; and
• Upholding of the Batho Pele principles.
THE HIGHWAY TO SUCCESS
The past 20 years have registered significant growth in transport infrastructure development and services, improving millions of South African lives. Government has made significant strides in transforming the economy through the transport industry, from non-motorised to air transport, so to meet social and economic needs of people, especially the rural poor.
Government has boosted transport infrastructure and, over the next three years, an additional R2.5-billion will be allocated to municipalities for public transport systems and infrastructure.
The first democratic government in 1994 inherited a transport system that had invested to benefit a minority component of our society. The transport system had been under-funded, neglected, and was based on blinkered apartheid spatial patterns. Today, the picture has changed and the majority of South Africans have access to transport services.
In order to deal with some of the transport challenges, the ANC government developed the National Transport Policy in August 1996. Prior 1994, there was no Gautrain or business express trains; there was no King Shaka International Airport. We did not have the expansion of the OR Tambo and Cape Town International airports. Today, these airports handle huge numbers of passengers.
Today, all regions of South Africa are connected. These developments have shaped our economies and our communities yet we do not become complacent. The Department of Transport remains steadfast in making sure that we have a world-class transport infrastructure and services.
2010 WORLD CUP SUCCESS
In preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, government spent over R19.6-billion addressing transport challenges. The World Cup was a success because efficient transport services were available with relevant structures and modes, including air, road, rail, and even sea. Although significant strides have been made since then – occasioned by major capital injection into transport related infrastructure, there is still much to achieve. The South Africa of today is one of the most sophisticated and promising emerging markets globally. The unique combination of a highly-developed first-world economic infrastructure and a huge emergent market economy has given rise to a strong entrepreneurial and dynamic investment environment. Through transport and other infrastructure, South Africa has achieved a level of macro-economic stability not seen in the country for many years. Such advances created opportunities for reducing the costs and risks for investors, laying the foundation for increased investment and growth. By 2007, the economy was stronger than at any given time over the past 20 years.
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT’S MILESTONES
• ACSA processed 35 million passengers in 2012/2013.
• R17-billion invested in airport infrastructure between 2006 and 2010.
• SA has the best aviation safety record in Africa, according to International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
• Air Traffic Navigation Service manages 10 percent of the world’s airspace – 22 million sqm.
• SA has the 10th largest road-network in the world.
• 19 700km of national roads are maintained by SANRAL.
• R9.5-billion has been spent on non-toll roads.
• The Gautrain transported 12.9 million passengers in 2013.
• PRASA transports more than 2.2 million passengers daily.
• PRASA upgraded over 2 000 coaches, creating more than 25 000 jobs.
ROAD ACCIDENT FUND (RAF)
• Pays more than R2-billion a month to accident victims.
• Serviced more than 15 000 claimants and settled R253-million.
• South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has trained 516 cadets since July 2013.
• National Ports Regulator reduced costs by R1-billion.