The Transport Month campaign is an annual feature on the calendar of the Department of Transport and is one of the platforms and vehicles through which the Department engages directly with its stakeholders.
An effective transport system has a significant impact on both the economic and social fabric of our country. It influences the economy in many ways, through its impact on the efficiency of business operations and labour mobility and, for its citizens, the attractiveness of South Africa as a place in which to live and prosper. Transport Month was first launched in October 2005. It seeks to raise awareness of the important role of transport in the economy, and to invite participation from civic society and business, in providing a safer, more affordable, accessible and reliable transport system for the country.
South Africa’s R300-billion public infrastructure programme, including those projects that will provide transport infrastructure were given strong emphasis by President Jacob Zuma in his 2012 State of the Nation Address. Since 1994 the democratically elected government sought to address all backlogs in service delivery and development to ensure that South Africans begin to live the rights enshrined in our Constitution. For South Africans an efficient transport system will improve the quality of lives with services, places of work, study and entertainment becoming more accessible.
The Wildlife and Transport Programme will be hosting a road ecology workshop for all interested parties during this month – date and venue to be confirmed….. but PLEASE diarise this month and keep your eye out for announcements.