WEEK 5: 4 SEPTEMBER - 9 SEPTEMBER
TRANSPORT is a core component of urban living, central to the economy and people. Years of under-investment in public transport infrastructure under apartheid left a legacy of ineffectiveness and reliance on private transport.
Johannesburg has fought against and continues to struggle to overcome this legacy, and has already taken massive strides with the introduction of Rea Vaya, the country's first Bus Rapid Transit system, and the Gautrain high speed rail link between Joburg and Pretoria.
Two important features define the city's transport system, though: the majority of residents travel by bus, public rail or minibus taxis; and middle-income residents rely entirely on private car use. The associated challenges are that most public transport is not safe and reliable, and that the reliance on cars has created widespread congestion.
Increasing transport costs also present a problem. However, the introduction of Rea Vaya and the Gautrain provides opportunities and indicates that transport in Joburg is developing into a system of high-speed connecting hubs with a strong support base of feeder bus services.
The City of Joburg will be embarking on a Growth Development Strategy (GDS) community outreach programme focusing on a variety of themes. The Transportation theme week is from 4-9 September 2011. The focus will be on a number of transport related topics including:
- increasing public transport and reduced private car use to contribute to improved quality of life for present and future generations;
- economic opportunities from moving to green fleet and green fuels;
- accelerated roll out of integrated public transport including Rea Vaya BRT;
- congestion and how to reduce it and it's negative impact on growth and productivity;
- public transport transformation including empowerment of operators and access to economic opportunities for enhanced growth and prosperity;
- creation of jobs through the green economy; and
- partnerships to promote road safety and other transportation values to enable behavioural change.
Event: What do we want transport to be like in 2040?
Date: Sunday 4 September 2011
Time: 9:00 to 13:30
Venue: Bus Factory, No 3 President Street, Newtown
Who should attend: Transport ward committee representatives, councilors, transport stakeholders, members of civil society, officials from all spheres of government and transport related government entities.
Event Description: The Transportation Department will be kicking off the GDS Transportation Theme with a walk through Newtown to remember the past followed by a visioning session for what transportation should be like in the City of Joburg in 40 years' time.
Event: Transport Goes Green Seminar
Date: Monday 5 September 2011
Time: 9:00 to 16:30
Venue: IDC Auditorium, IDC, 19 Fredman Drive, Sandton
Who should attend: Government departments, Vehicle manufacturers, Fuel and energy producers, Banks and infrastructure and vehicle financing institutions, Road construction companies, Public transport operators, Freight and logistic operators, NGOs and civil society organisations involved in green issues, cycling etc. Those attending are encouraged to come to the event using public transport.
Event Description for media: The City of Joburg's Rea Vaya BRT uses Euro IV vehicles which are amongst the cleanest vehicles in Africa from a carbon emission perspective. The Metrobus wants to initiate a pilot using bio-gas buses from either bio-ethanol which comes from the waste of crops or other bio-gas source.
There are ongoing debates about the advantages and disadvantages of different fuel sources from a sustainability and job creation perspective.
This seminar will hear different perspectives and give vehicle and fuel manufacturers an opportunity to engage with these views and also provide their own perspectives.
In addition, if the municipality is to embark on a programme to promote cycling, there are increased opportunities for the development of a small and local cycling manufacturing, repair storage cycling sector. The potential for this will also be explored as well as the role that local government can play.
Finally, one of the contributors to high carbon emissions in big cities is the number of large trucks whether they delivery or collect waste on our streets. The seminar will look at ways and opportunities to move to rail on the one hand and smaller, greener vehicles on the other.
A common thread through all the discussions will be the opportunities that greening vehicles will have for local job creation, promotion of SMMEs and broad based black economic empowerment.
The results of this discussion will feed into the outcomes and outputs of the GDS summit.
Event: Employer Labour Dialogue on role of transport in promoting growth
Date: Tuesday 6 September 2011
Time: 9:00 - 13:30
Venue: Concourse, Park Station, Inner city
Who should attend: Trade unions, Employer organisations, Public transport operators, Government departments and entities involved in transport and economic development. Those attending the event are encouraged to come to the event using public transport.
Event Description: Traffic congestion in the City on the one hand and unreliable public transport means that workers do not get to work on time and they have to spend many hours getting to work and back. This impacts on the time they may have for training, spending with their families and even attending union meetings.
There are a number of measures that government can take as well as measures that employers themselves can introduce to reduce travelling times. Employee trip reduction programmes have been introduced in many parts of the world and can include car sharing, use of video conferencing etc.
This dialogue with union and management leadership with develop a better collective understanding of the challenges faced and propose collective solutions that can be included in the City's Growth and Development Strategy.
Event: Transport transformation: Unleashing opportunities seminar
Date: Thursday 8 September
Time: 9:00 - 13:30
Venue: Apartheid Museum, Gold Reef Road, Ormonde
Who should attend: Business organisations involved in transport, Students of transport and university departments, Government departments and institutions involved in transport, Transport training institutions.
Event description: The City of Joburg has pioneered a broad based black economic empowerment model in respect of the Rea Vaya BRT. Affected taxi operators became shareholders in the first Phase 1A bus company, called Piotrans.
However more needs to be done to empower public transport operators in the small bus, mini bus taxi and metered taxi sector.
More also needs to be done to empower emerging contractors, including youth, women and people with disabilities in other parts of the transportation sector including in road building and maintenance.
In addition, the City would like to play a role to promote innovation in transport including looking at sustainable technologies, use of alternative energy sources etc. This means growing and supporting young minds who can pioneer these local ideas.
The City will dialogue with existing and emerging business people as well as students from all parts of the transportation sector to look at propositions that can be included in the Growth and Development Strategy.
Event: GDS Transport Indaba
Date: Friday 9 September 2011
Time: 9:00 - 13:30
Venue: Wanderer's Club, Northern Street, Illovo
Who should attend: Leadership from transport bodies in the government, private and NGO sector.
We would like two senior leaders per body to attend. Organisations representing the following should send representatives:
- Public transport operators
- Business organisations involved in transport
- NGOs and civil society organisations involved in transport including unions and commuter organisations
- Government departments and institutions involved in transport.
These GDS propositions will look not only at what government can do but also what can be done in partnership with other stakeholders and what residents can do themselves.