Public transport integration under spotlight

South Africa’s Deputy Director-General in Intergovernmental Relations, Malijeng Ngqaleni, will present a talk titled ‘The public transport integration challenge: what role for the fiscal system?’ on 4 July at the 35th annual Southern African Transport Conference (SATC).
‘Transport – a catalyst for socio-economic growth development opportunities to improve quality of life’ is the theme of this year conference, from 4 to7 July at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria.
The South African public transport landscape is characterised by multiple funding flows, multiple governmental spheres and structures, and multiple funding models. This landscape requires better coordination to create efficiencies, extract value for money and enhance affordability.
The Deputy Director-General will be reflecting on the challenges of integration, including funding, planning and operations across different spheres of government. The intention is not to recommend any particular system, but to discuss the broader principles around the challenges faced by South Africa.
Key elements to be discussed:
• What are the first steps toward integrated transport systems?
• How can a financing system serve as a catalyst?
• What are the key steps?
• How much will the status quo cost both the South African government and households?
Key integration across jurisdictions, including provincial, is an important topic, which will impact an integrated transport system.
The Deputy Director-General will also highlight global examples of successfully integrated transport systems.
The plenary speaks to the critical challenge of integrated public transport systems, which challenges all commuters throughout South Africa.
It is vital for transport operators and owners to find out how an integrated transport system will impact on their operations. Public transport policy makers, planners and implementers are encouraged to attend.
The government is striving to create a public transport sector that is efficient and one that ultimately flows from one transport hub to another. How this can positively impact on bus and taxi operators is key to growing the public transport sector. This will also have an impact on both municipal and provincial public transport sectors and is important for key personnel at both municipal and provincial levels to attend.
Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters will deliver the opening address. Other speakers include Les Bruzsa, Chief Engineer of the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) in Australia, and Dr Hernan de Solminihac from Chile discussing ‘The importance of the road infrastructure development in the socio-economic growth of Chile.’

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