The economy of our country is critically dependent on an effective transport system. Within the scope of this statement it must be realised that development, regulation and support infrastructure are prime performance areas.
We will have to promote maintenance programmes and embark upon continued development projects in order to move people, produce and products across a growing network of systems. The transport infrastructure will have to serve the internal interests of this country, as well as accommodate the requirements of our neighbouring countries. This will enhance trade in our geographical community.
The economic value and merit of a sustainable transport infrastructure
- It is well known that a sub-economic transport infrastructure is one of the major contributing factors toward low individual economic empowerment.
- A transport policy is fundamentally linked to the socio-economic needs of a population.
- An efficient infrastructure is an important contributing factor for economic growth and social stability.
The maintenance and development of the transport infrastructure also falls within the competencies of provinces, therefore a greater increase in the level of private sector participation will have to be activated. National government cannot cover all capital cost required by provincial authorities.
- We support a privatisation strategy that will uplift and empower our people. The plan will be underscored by a social contract policy, which would enable our people to partake in the full economic potential of these enterprises.
- When state-owned assets are privatised, employment security must be adequately provided for.
- Privatisation must be subject to socio-economic and developmental needs of the country.
- The dignity of the individual must be protected in the working environment.
- The efficiency of service and rate of production output should be commensurate with good labour practise.
Community participation and empowerment
- We would like to create projects that involve communities in labour rich methods of construction where these methods produce the same quality as equipment based methods. The reason for this approach is that in certain instances, labour-intensive techniques provide higher or equal remunerative opportunities than equipment-intensive methods.
- We would employ these labour methods wherever it is feasible.
The regulation of public transport services
- We need stricter vehicle road-worthiness regulations, particularly for public transport vehicles
- Every person involved in the public transport industry should undergo certain qualifying tests before being allowed to engage in the transport of passengers
- We believe that the authorities should enforce strict penalties against illegal or fraudulent licenses and negligently unroadworthy vehicles.
- Anyone who is found to be responsible for a fatal accident and is not in possession of a license, or is the holder of a fraudulent illegal licence, must be held liable for culpable homicide. The same should apply when the accident is found to have been caused by an unroadworthy vehicle.
Transport research capacity
- South Africa has to keep up to date with the latest technology to develop, expand and upgrade all its transport network systems.
- Research has shown that the lack of an efficient transport infrastructure impacts both on the socio-economic development of individual households and the growth patterns of the national economy.