Transport Month in South Africa with government making promises to find solutions to diverse transport problems.

Transport Month in South Africa with government making promises to find solutions to diverse transport problems.

DW-South Africa.With transport month upon us, this is what
you can expect from government, councils and the private sector, as we see
various exciting collaborations between government and the private sector to
solve transport issues facing South Africans. Some of these collaborations are
between government and PRASA (Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa), The
National Department of Transport and HPL&R (Hosken Passenger Logistics and
Rail). Others include GMA (Gautrain Management Agency) and Enertrag South
Africa, as well as SANRAL (South African National Road Agency) and Shisalanga
Construction.

With President Cyril Ramphorsa unveiling 2
new trains in Cape town, he said in a statement that safety and ensuring trains
are not grounded were of the utmost importance. The new trains have various
security features such as CCTV cameras and are fire proofed, as well being
modernised. We can expect to see another 600 trains for Metrorail, 35 of which
for Cape Town Metrorail before the end of 2020.

There is also talk of 20 buses operated by
GMA to be switched to green Hydrogen energy which will be completely free of
Carbon Dioxide emissions, which will come from a renewable energy source using
Hydrogen, wind, solar power and Platinum in its production. 

The President has also launched an
experimental use of Plastic-infused tarmac on the N3 highway between Durban and
Johannesburg, should it be able to with stand our harsh South African sun
further use of it is on the table. This is Africa’s first Plastic road. South
Africa can also look forward to 2 new A350 airbuses, as well as government
investing in revamping various South African roads. Finally, an Administrative
Adjudication of Road Traffic Offenses has been signed into too, in the hope of
discouraging bad traffic behaviour. 

Sources:

https://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/news/kwazulu-natal/watch-transport-month-kicks-off-in-durban-33764571

https://www.fin24.com/Companies/Industrial/golden-arrow-owner-wants-to-help-western-cape-solve-its-passenger-rail-woes-20191001-2

https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/south-africa/2019-04-09-ramaphosa-rides-sa-made-train-and-this-time-it-doesnt-break-down/

https://www.miningweekly.com/article/green-hydrogen-proposed-for-buses-in-south-africa-2019-09-25

https://www.businessinsider.co.za/200-tons-of-plastic-road-on-the-n3-shisalanga-construction-south-africa-sanral-2019-9

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