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SA Transport conference set to benefit Africa

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The TransAfrica conference, to be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, from October 7-9, is set to have mutual benefits for all African countries who are currently cultivating better transport systems.

This is the opinion of the Acting Director General of the Department of Transport, Mr Mawethu Vilana, speaking at the launch of TransAfrica 2014 in Sandton today (August 6, 2014).

“TransAfrica 2014 will be significant as it starts a host of activities in response to our annual Transport Month campaign, which was launched in October 2006,” said Minister Vilana. “The knowledge imparted at the conference could serve as a basis for the formulation of transport strategies and polices for the future of Africa’s transportation.

“In this respect South Africa’s transport experience in particular is of value to many countries on the African continent. Our transport system, technology and expertise are, in fact, extensively in demand in African states and elsewhere.”

A number of important speakers will participate in TransAfrica and the three-day conference is seen as the ideal platform for major development announcements to be made.
TransAfrica 2014 is endorsed and supported by the Transport Minister, Ms Elizabeth Dipuo Peters. In her endorsement the Transport Minister says: "Transport is the heartbeat of South Africa’s economic growth and social development.”

She goes on to say in her endorsement that the Transport Department also has a vital role to play in the government’s integration with the Southern African Region and the African continent as a whole, as well as being the conduit for exporting products to the rest of the world.

Addressing the guests and media representatives at the launch in Sandton the Acting Director General explained how the Government has undertaken bold measures in response to the transport challenges facing South Africa and the department has remained convinced about its future plans and the long-term sustainability of the transport programmes.

“Today we can boldly say we are firmly standing on two strong legs,” said Minister Vilana.
“Our transport policies have been ground-breaking, precedent-setting and successful in launching a new paradigm that is tailor-made for our economic growth. Evidence suggests that we are on the right track. Let me quote just a few examples that demonstrate our track record over the past five years."

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