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SA to spend R9 Billion to upgrade the transport system

June 30th, 2007  |  Published in General News  |  2 Comments

The 2010 Soccer World Cup really has gotten South Africa to start putting real resources and energy into making our country world-class. If nothing else good comes from the South Africa hosting the 2010 SWC, then that will be enough for me.

I found this on the southafrica.info website.

South Africa’s government has set aside more than R9-billion for upgrading and transforming the country’s transport system ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Modise said the money would be divided among SA’s nine World Cup host cities as follows:

  • Bloemfontein – R298-million
  • Cape Town – R766-million
  • Durban – R851-million
  • Johannesburg – R1 320-million
  • Nelspruit – R212-million
  • Polokwane – R179-million
  • Port Elizabeth – R520-million
  • Pretoria – 694-million
  • Rustenburg – R69-million

In addition, R2 317-million would be spent on SA’s bus system, including the creation of a Bus Rapid Transit System, Modise said.

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  1. Heidi says:

    August 23rd, 2007 at 11:31 am (#)

    Hi there

    If the transport department can spend that amount of money on the transport system (although we will see if it actually happens) why can they not spend more money on upgrading their licence test centres?

    I am one of the unlucky people who drives fine but is petrified of taking my driving test. Although I can do all the moves in my sleep, put a traffic cop next to me and I will show you a way how not to do it.

    Why cannot you book a session at the department of your test where you can have a \’practice run\’.

    Or even better still, why is there not driving schools with these facilities? Think about it, you have your own little test station available where your students can practice and learn what to expect on the day. The driving instructors can pretend to be cops and rate your performance. If you fail, you have to practice till you get it right in one go.

    Without being nasty, I understand that if your student fails it means more lessons which means more money, but surely you are in the industry to help people not to just take from them?

    I would like to hear your thoughts on this.

    Heidi

  2. iDRIVE.co.za Team says:

    August 23rd, 2007 at 12:59 pm (#)

    Thanks for your Comments Heidi.
    I see you’ve obviously been using poor instructors, as you should have been trained by your instructor in the proper procedure when when doing your driving license test. Also, there is no doubt the traffic officers could be a little more people friendly.

    But rest assured these issues are being seriously looked at, as believe it or not, not all driving instructors want you to fail so that they can make more money out of you. In fact most people don’t return to the same instructor after failing with them. After chatting with numerous SAIDI member driving instructor we know that their only aim is to train you to be a competent driver, not just to pass parrot fashion.

    I just hope that some of that money being set aside for the transport system, will be put to good use for the driver training and education sector as well as the public transport system.

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