Plans put in place will ensure that South Africa’s transportation system is effective during the upcoming Fifa Confederations Cup, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said on Thursday.

“With preparations for the Fifa Confederations Cup, which will kick-off on 14 June and be held in Johannesburg, Tshwane, Bloemfontein and Rustenburg, we have been working hard in conjunction with provincial and local government towards ensuring that this dry-run for the 2010 Fifa World Cup is successful,” he said in a statement.

These preparations included infrastructure development at airports, roads, the rail sector, road traffic management, and a reduction in road crashes.

On the bus rapid transit (BRT) system, Ndebele said he had been briefed on the matter and met with the political leadership and teams of the BRT implementing cities of Johannesburg, Tshwane, Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Bay to discuss government’s further consultation with the taxi industry.

“I held an introductory courtesy meeting with the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) on May 22 and another meeting is scheduled for June 8,” he said.

Meetings with all other transport stakeholders had also been planned so that the BRT programme and transport strategic programme would eventually be implemented inclusively.

“We are also pleased to report that, as announced by South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) chief executive officer Captain Colin Jordaan yesterday Wednesday, the aviation industry, particularly the SACAA and its associated organisations, were ready for the 14 June kick-off.”

Most supporters and soccer players would arrive in the country by air and this mode of transport would feature prominently in moving people across the country.

“We are confident that an effective transport system will be in place during the Confederations Cup,” Ndebele said.