Transport Month 2019
October Transport Month gives the Department of Transport and Public Works a platform to showcase its investment in transport and road safety programmes for the benefit of everyone in the Western Cape.
Transport is vital for economic growth, it provides access to services, and helps to address the triple challenge of unemployment, poverty and inequality. This is why we prioritise transport-related projects in our 2019/20 budget with transport infrastructure receiving R3.66 billion, transport operations R1.37 billion, and transport regulation R795 million.
Investing in rail, roads and public transport
We understand how important public transport is for people who depend on public transport to commute to work and to school. We therefore invest resources in supporting, managing and monitoring bus, rail and taxi transport. An example is the Public Transport Operations Grant (PTOG) which we pay to Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) to subsidise the costs of providing bus commuter services in the City of Cape Town metropolitan area.
Watch: PTOG positive change stories
Provincial Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela and representatives of the Western Cape Government, the City of Cape Town, PRASA, and Metrorail deployed the Rail Management Task Team for another year to focus on improving security on the rail network in the Western Cape.
Within the first few days back on the ground, the City’s Law Enforcement officers made an arrest for cable theft when they confiscated 20 metres of railway signal cable.
Read more about public transport in the Western Cape
We’ve completed several major roadworks projects this year to give road users a safer and more comfortable ride on these routes. Whether they are work or school commuters, the conveyors of goods or services, or holidaymakers to the Western Cape, everyone benefits.
Other roadworks projects completed this year include:
Watch: Walking together: The Roads Emerging Contractor Development Programme
Making our roads safer
Fifty-two (52) new traffic officers were proud to accept their Further Education and Training Certificate (FETC): Road Traffic Law Enforcement certificates at Gene Louw Traffic College (GLTC) on 8 August 2019. Gcobisa Nyekendala was the top achiever in the 2018/19 course, and she also received 3 other awards.
They joined our hard-working traffic law enforcement team engaged in safety interventions such as:
- the Random Breath Testing (RBT) programme,
- fatigue awareness,
- speed law enforcement through the Average Speed Over Distance (ASOD) camera system,
- central communication centres to track the movement of patrol motor vehicles on any roadway, and
- alcohol evidentiary centres.
Western Cape schools made the province proud when they took first place in the Special Needs category of the national schools road safety debate competition in Johannesburg this week, and first place in Special Needs category of the national schools Participatory Educational Techniques (PET) road safety competition. The Western Cape Rural team won third place in both the debate and the PET competition.
We also held other road safety management events this year:
- Pedestrian safety awareness events,
- Road safety talks,
- Driver education events,
- The public transport vehicle safety sticker project,
- Scholar patrol school visits,
- Learners’ licence classes,
- The Danny Cat Show, and
- Safety in Traffic Education (STEP) Foundation events.
Major Transport Month 2019 events
- Gene Louw Traffic College 30 year Celebrations and sod turning for the indoor shooting range
- Freight Industry Stakeholder Engagement
- EPWP Contractor Development Programme Certificate Ceremony
- Scholar Patrol Engagement
- Saldanha Bay Circle ribbon-cutting ceremony
- Ministerial Athlone Shared Services Centre site visit
- Construction Industry Imbizo