However too many of our people who live in rural areas are still unable to

However too many of our people who live in rural

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However, too many of our people who live in rural areas are still unable to benefit from such a system. The NDP is very explicit in advocating for reliable, economical and smooth-flowing corridors linking our various modes of transport such as road, rail, air, sea ports and pipelines. This is the vision that the President has eloquently espoused in his state of the nation address. Mr President, we inherited an ageing transport system whose development did not have the disabled and vulnerable in mind.
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 326 It had no consideration of the safety of the underpaid female security guards, domestic and factory workers, who must wake up every morning at 5 am at an informal settlement, having to travel about five kilometres in a dangerous open veld at dawn to an unguarded railway station in order to report for duty in town by 7 am. It is this system that displayed a lack of sympathy or concern for a frail grandmother returning from hospital at dusk in an overloaded and speeding mini-bus taxi to KaNyamazane. This transport system thrived because of the racially segregated town planning designed to keep our people on the outskirts of the centres of economic activity. These are hard realities that the ANC government has had to deal with since taking over government in 1994. Over the period of 25 years, we have been working hard building bridges, laying roads into previously isolated villages, and providing affordable and safe public transport to connect communities and advance social development.
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policies to improve public transport. The National Transport Master Plan, NATMAP, 2050 is our comprehensive, multimodal, integrated plan which anchors a sustainable framework for implementing transport while providing infrastructure and services. Our master plan sees transport as crucial in promoting township and village economies. In the state of the province address earlier this year, we reported, among others that through the Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport we made a remarkable progress towards the provision of an efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network. UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 327 State entities like South African National Road Agency, SANRAL, and Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, PRASA, have been leading in the implementation of our integrated transport We created, 328 876 job opportunities for women, 292 803 for youth, whilst 8 872 were apportioned to people with
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UNREVISED HANSARD JOINT SITTING TUESDAY, 25 JUNE 2019 Page: 328 disabilities. For economic empowerment, we awarded 30% of all contracts to women and 15% to youth. Deputy Speaker, the Department of Transport has developed a rail policy framework that seeks to revitalise South Africa’s rail network.
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