A transport Steering Committee has been announced that will draw up a 25-year transport master plan for the province.
GAUTENG is developing a 25-year plan to improve the province’s transport system.
MEC for tranport Ismail VadiMEC for transport Ismail VadiA Steering Committee, comprising academics and transport officials, will be responsible for drafting the plan. Committee members were named at a media briefing on 6 June at Derek Masoek Conference Centre in Mashalltown, by the MEC for roads and transport, Ismail Vadi.
On the day, the committee held the first of a series of quarterly meetings to investigate and develop the Integrated Transport Master Plan (ITMP25). The plan is to be presented to Vadi on or before 31 March 2013.
A short-term, five-year implementation plan is to be presented to the MEC on 31 January 2012. It has been budgeted for in the 2011/2012 financial year, with an initial sum of R15-million allocated to the project.
Vadi noted that the committee should be guided by the following vision: “To develop a long-term ITMP25 that will promote Gauteng as the economic powerhouse of Southern Africa; stimulate sustainable long-term economic growth, and promote skills development and the creation of employment.”
He said: “The basic aim is to transform society in order to create a better life for all the people of Gauteng.”
The group’s objectives were to develop a master plan that would enable the transport department, in collaboration with other spheres of government, to regulate, plan and develop an efficient, integrated transport system.
Committee members have extensive transport, economic and financial expertise. They include Jack van der Merwe, the chairperson of the committee and chief executive officer of Gautrain; Bridget Ssamula, from the University of Pretoria; Jackie Walters, from the University of Johannesburg; Nazir Alli, the chief executive of the South African National Roads Agency Limited; and Yolisa Mashilwane, the Cross Border Roads Transport Agency’s executive of facilitation and industry development.
Other members are Jane Barrett, the policy research officer at the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union; Noxolo Maninjwa, the deputy director-general of the provincial department of roads and transport; Dries van der Walt, from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa); Amanda Nair, the chief executive of Blue IQ Investment Holdings; Jeffrey Mashele, the deputy director-general of the Gauteng department of finance; Vuyo Mahlati, from the University of Pretoria; and John Sampson, an independent transport engineer.
Nazir Alli serves in the transpot committeeNazir Alli serves in the transport committeeAccording to Vadi, they join the committee in their individual capacities and will not be representing the companies for which they work. He added that the ITMP25 must serve the public interest by enhancing mobility and delivering safe, secure and environmentally responsible road-based public and private transport, and air and rail services.
The committee must establish an ITMP25 Consultative Forum comprising, among others, the senior managers of the department of roads and transport and representatives of the metropolitan, district and local councils in Gauteng.
It must include the Airports Company of South Africa; the Civil Aviation Authority; Blue IQ; the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research; the bus, taxi and metered-taxi organisations; the Association of Consulting Engineers; the Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors; labour unions and business organisations; the Automobile Association of South Africa; commuter organisations; the department of transport; the Gauteng City Region Observatory; Prasa; Transnet; and the Gauteng Planning Commission.
“It may also invite representatives of any other interested party that it deems necessary,” he said. “The purpose of the Consultative Forum is to discuss the quarterly reports submitted … and to make recommendations to the committee for enhancing [its] work.”
Quarterly discussions, and being open to all stakeholders, would result in a coherent report that would be adopted by all involved.
He issued a number of guiding principles for the ITMP25:
Transport planning must be used as a proactive government intervention instrument to change the status quo and to make existing transport plans more effective and efficient.
The plan must be socially inclusive and developed to promote the Gauteng Global City Region.
It must be environmentally sound and sustainable.
It must indicate what mode or modes of public transport are preferable for a specific corridor.
The principle of competition for routes, and not competition on routes, should be applicable.
The transport network and the use of the various modes of transport must be optimised to minimise congestion and to maximise service delivery to the economy and the people of Gauteng.
The plan must give priority to public transport and the movement of freight, based on current and future freight and logistics nodes and corridors.
Non-motorised transport facilities must be included in planning to support public transport services specifically and to enhance the quality of the built environment in general.
Financial support for transport and subsidisation has to be used as a lever and catalyst for the development of the desired urban form.
The implementation of the ITMP25 must lead to significant further economic development and the creation of employment, and drive the land-use planning agenda.
It must support national and provincial government programmes and be aligned to the governments’ priorities.
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