Opportunities for women in transport

TRANSPORT Minister Dipuo Peters has encouraged women to take advantage of the opportunities available in the transport sector.

As government invests R12.5 billion on non-toll road networks and builds the R573, the Minister said she wanted women to reap the benefits.

She was speaking at a summit for women in transport which was held in Johannesburg under the theme: Transport Sector, Moving Women Empowerment and Transformation Forward.

Peters told delegates at the conference that there were opportunities for women as government invests R19 billion in the integrated public transport networks of the Bus Rapid Transit over the next few years and Transnet will be investing more than R300 billion to improve rail and ports infrastructure.

“Women have a role to play in these mega projects,” she said.

In the 2013/14 financial year the Department of Transport invested over R100 billion in a skills development programme.

Minister Peters said a lot still needed to be done in the transport sector to address the challenges of gender equality.
The summit for women in transport has brought together women from across South Africa to formulate a solid strategy, plan and time frames regarding tangible economic transformation and empowerment opportunities for women in the transport sector.