Moving South Africa Forward in October Transport Month
The Department of Transport and Public Works will launch its exciting October Transport Month (OTM) campaign with the “Safe Kids Walk This Way” road safety initiative at Koekenaap Primary School in the Lower Olifants River Valley on Thursday 1 October.
The five-year theme for OTM, “Together We Move South Africa Forward”, calls on all sectors of society to work together to communicate government’s service delivery mandate and achievements, including major infrastructural developments.
The Department’s vision emphasises the importance of infrastructure in promoting positive socio-economic outcomes and safe, empowered and connected communities.
The Department has many traffic management, transport operations, transport regulations and road network management achievements from the 2014/15 financial year to boast of.
In partnership with various stakeholders, the Department continues to explore ways of changing road-user behaviour and decreasing the number of deaths and injuries on our roads.
In 2014/15, the Department of Transport and Public Works:
- Installed Average Speed Over Distance (ASOD) infrastructure and Automatic Number Plate Recognition Technology capacity.
- Enhanced visible traffic policing at strategic points.
- Implemented road safety awareness campaigns and fatigue management interventions.
- Developed and trained provincial and municipal traffic officers.
The Department’s pivotal role in public transport and non-motorised transport can be seen in two major projects currently under way.
Once it is complete, the Provincial Public Transport Institutional Framework (PPTIF) will address key constraints and help improve public and non-motorised transport in the rural districts of the Western Cape. The PPTIF is the future of public transport in the province. It is an incremental approach to assisting municipalities to develop locally appropriate public and non-motorised transport in their areas of jurisdiction. Over time, our aim is to see the emergence of pragmatic public and non-motorised transport solutions across the province. We will initially focus on high-priority areas and steadily support the development of context-specific and affordable solutions across the Western Cape.
The George Integrated Public Transport Network (GIPTN), our flagship public transport improvement project, became operational in December 2014. The popularity of the Go George scheduled bus service is continuing to grow and Phase 3 will be rolled out soon. The fourth and largest phase will be operational later this year and the full project is expected to have been completed by June 2016.
The Provincial Regulatory Entity (PRE) and the Provincial Transport Registrar work closely with the South African Police Service (SAPS) and traffic authorities to:
- Identify illegal minibus taxis and other public transport operations.
- Impound illegally operating buses, minibus and sedan taxis.
Read more about vehicle licence, permit and certificate information.
Road Network Management
The Department continues to improve the Western Cape transport network by rehabilitating, resealing and resurfacing provincial roads.
The following road projects began in 2014/15:
- Resealing the R44 (N1 to Windmeul).
- Rehabilitation of the R317 (N2 to Bonnievale).
- Rehabilitation of the M12 (Blackheath to Stellenbosch).
- Rehabilitation of Winery Road (Firgrove to R44).
- Resealing the R62 (Calitzdorp to Oudtshoorn).
- Resealing the R44 (Rooi Els to R43).
- Resealing the R60 (Ashton to Swellendam).
- Resurfacing the R300 (Swartklip Interchange to Vanguard Drive).
- Resurfacing the M12 (R300 to Modderdam Road).
- Resealing the R304 (N1 to Stellenbosch).
- Rehabilitation of the R43 (Worcester to Wolseley).
- Rehabilitation of the Main Road 234 between Hopefield and Velddrif.
Other road projects under way include:
- Rehabilitation of the MR298 and resealing of the DR1398 Worcester (Nekkies).
- Rehabilitation of the DR1126 Windmeul.
- Resealing of the TR08301 (Garcia’s Pass) between Riversdale and Muiskraal.
- Upgrading of the MR269 Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.
- Resealing of the TR28/01 from km 0.00 to km 27.20 between Botrivier and Sandbaai.
- Resealing of the TR77/1 from km 24.59 to km 49.00 and MR199 from km 13.90 to km 22.46.
- Upgrading of the MR177 Stellenbosch Arterial Phase II.
- Rehabilitation of the MR529 Piketberg/ Velddrift.
- Resealing of TR02101 near Hopefield, TR02102 and OP07628 near Langebaan Rd, as well as MR00233 between Langebaan Rd and Langebaan.
- Rehabilitation and resealing of the MR215 Mamre/Yzerfontein.
- Rehabilitation of the MR230 and MR231 (Moorreesburg area).
View photos of Western Cape provincial road projects.
Department of Transport and Public Works OTM 2015 Calendar
|1 October||Safe Kids Walk This Way – Koekenaap Primary School||Koekenaap Primary School, Lower Olifants River Valley|
|1 October||Safely Home, Global Road Safety Partnership South Africa (GRSP-ZA), Child Safe Workshop at Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
Theme: Road Safety for Kids #SafeRoadsSafeKids
|Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Cape Town|
|2 October||Pedestrian and Driver Awareness||Corner Jakes Gerwel and Klipfontein Roads, Gatesville, Cape Town|
|3 October||Driver Awareness||Zwelethemba Taxi Rank, Worcester|
|5 October||Pedestrian Awareness Campaign||R62 (Robertson)|
|5 to 8 October||Learner’s Licence Course||Vredenburg High School|
|5 to 9 October||Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) National Road Safety Debate and Participatory Educational Technique (PET) competition||Gauteng|
|6 to 9 October||Learner’s Licence Course for unemployed youth||Pacaltsdorp, George|
|12 to 15 October||Learner’s Licence Course||Clanwilliam|
|14 October||Public Transport Vehicle Safety and Skills Awareness||Cape Town Station Deck Transport Interchange|
|16 October||Scholar Patrol Training||St Matthew Primary School, Beaufort West|
|16 October||Public Transport Vehicle Safety and Skills Awareness||Bellville Transport Interchange|
|16 October||Go George Launch||George|
|19 to 23 October||Premier’s Advancement of Youth (PAY) interns – Learner’s Licence Course||Cape Town|
|20 to 21 October||Danny Cat Appearances and Safety Traffic Education Programme (STEP) presentations||Oudtshoorn schools|
|20 October||Elim/ Gansbaai Road Opening||Elim|
|22 October||Danny Cat Show||Maddison Primary School, Beaufort West|
|22 to 23 October||Danny Cat Appearances and STEP presentations||Plettenberg Bay schools|
|23 October||Danny Cat Show||Teske Gedenke Primary School, Beaufort West|
|26 to 27 October||Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (AARTO) Imbizo||Cape Town|
|27 October||Roadside Communication and Awareness at a Roadblock||Knysna|
|28 October||Roadside Communication and Awareness at a VCP||N2 (George)|
|30 October||Integrated Fatigue Awareness Campaign||N2 (Tsitsikamma Toll Gate)|
|30 October||Child Safe/ Global Road Safety Partnership (SA) Safely Home – Road Safety Workshop on Pedestrian Safety||Red Cross Children Memorial Hospital, Cape Town|
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