Building the economy through transport infrastructure
South Africa’s transport network system, which includes transport by road, rail, air and sea, is more than a means of getting from one point to another. It plays a critical role in the economy by enabling the movement of people, goods and services.
Transport by rail contributes to the economy in three major ways:
|Freight||Rail handles block train consignments of primary minerals, commodities and imports and exports. Read more about rail freight transport on the National Department of Transport’s website.|
|Passenger transport||A great share of the Department’s budget is spent on fixing damaged and worn roads. People using the train for their daily commute relieve the burden on our roads.|
|Tourism||An example would be the Southern Line rail route which stretches from Cape Town to Simonstown and the Atlantic Rail which showcases attractions along the way including “Oom Samie se Winkel” and farm lands stretching through to the Hottentots Holland.|
The Western Cape Transport Infrastructure Act sets out rules for certain features of railways in the province:
- Widths of railway lines
- Responsible authorities
- Building lines and restrictions
Read more about rail transport:
- National Transport Survey, July 2017
- Travelling by train - Cape Town Tourism
- Atlantic Rail Heritage Steam Train
In South Africa, most exports are conveyed by sea.
The Western Cape Government partnered with Saldanha Bay Municipality and Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) in 2013 to establish the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) at the Port of Saldanha Bay to promote economic growth and jobs.
Facilities and services of the IDZ include enabling infrastructure, back-of-quay precincts, Transnet, TNPA and Operation Phakisa Infrastructure, Ease of doing business centre and SEZ incentives
- Read more about the Saldanha Bay IDZ
Watch: World Maritime Day 2017 - Connecting Ships, Ports and People
Using transport by air has some key benefits:
- Only worldwide transportation network
- Interregional exports of goods
South Africa will celebrate International Civil Aviation Day (ICAD) on 7 December at the Langebaan Airforce Airbase this year. The celebration will coincide with the annual Langebaan Air Show.
The purpose of ICAD is to help generate and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation for social and economic development.
At the launch of the George Airport’s solar plant in 2016, Minister of Transport and Public Works Donald Grant described this facility as being at the heart of George’s economic potential.
Read more about transport by air:
Road transport continues to be a popular choice for commuters and businesses.
The National transport survey published by Statistics SA in July 2017 showed that road passenger journeys increased by 3,2% and road freight grew by 9,2%.
The Department of Transport and Public Works maintains and upgrades the Western Cape’s provincial road network and allocated R3,15 billion, the biggest share of the 2017/18 budget, for this purpose.
We will open the R399 between Velddrift and Piketberg in October Transport Month. This R352 million roadworks project to upgrade various sections of the R399 started in November. An estimated 1 900 vehicles use this road every day.
- Read more about how we're building better roads in the Western Cape.