SCIENTISTS URGED TO HELP SOUTH AFRICA DEVELOP VIABLE PUBLIC TRANSPORT STRATEGY

PRETORIA– South African Deputy Transport Minister SindisiweChikunga has urged scientists and delegates attending the 37th Southern African Transport Conference here to assist the government develop a viable public transport turnaround strategy.

Speaking during the official opening of the four-day conference in Pretoria Monday, she said ever-increasing fuel prices had the potential to upset the economy.

The road transport sector, especially public transport, must in the short to medium term begin to explore possibilities for the promotion and use of alternative energy for public transport,” she said.

“Research can inform us on the integration of public transport in South Africa, and what can be done to better integrate transport. Is there a way in which we could regulate public transport first? Are public transport operators making any profit? How much of that profit is affected by raise in fuel price? Are the subsidies we are disbursing making any economic sense?

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK