The Department of Transport (DoT) says it is working closely with the host cities and provinces and spending a total of R13,6-billion in improving South Africa’s public transport infrastructure directly related to the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Transport Minister Jeff Radebe said at a media briefing in Pretoria last week that about R23-billion would be spent on the Gauteng freeway scheme; R16-billion on improving the passenger rail system during the next three to four years; and about R2-billion on train stations.

“We are quite aware that, on its own, money cannot deliver the transport system. “It is for this reason that we have secured the passion, hard work and commitment of everyone involved at national, provincial and local level, as well as the South African public,” Radebe said.

He added that government was not underestimating the size of the challenge at hand.

The DoT said that the 2010 FIFA World Cup would not be a world-class event “if the vast majority of journeys are not completed efficiently, safely, and on time”.

The event will be serviced by an increased number of passenger rail services with increased frequencies, while the stadium public transport facilities are being set up to facilitate journeys between airports, hotels and match venues.

Radebe said that, over the next two months, the DoT would take international and local media on a roadshow to all the transport projects that have been completed or are being completed.

PUBLICATION: Engineering News
AUTHOR: Dennis Ndaba
DATED: 25th April 2008