South Africa: Take Advantage of Business Opportunities

Original article on | 19 January 2017

 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has encouraged South Africans to register their companies in different databases within all spheres of government in order to take advantage of the many business opportunities.

“We made a commitment of procuring 75% of government goods and services from South African producers,” Minister Peters said on Sunday at the Hope Restoration Ministries.

The visit was part of her stakeholder engagement to intensify road safety education and awareness.

“Equally important is the commitment of 60% set-aside for youth employment and youth businesses in the infrastructure programme.”

She said government will be spending about R51 billion on New Rail Rolling Stock and R4 billion on new Hybrid Locomotives in the next five-year period.

 Furthermore, government is building a R1 billion factory to produce 580 trains and create an estimated 65 000 direct and indirect jobs over a ten year contract period in Nigel, Ekurhuleni.

The Department of Transport together with Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and the Department of Public Enterprise is responsible for the provision of efficient and reliable passenger rail and freight services in the country.

“R6 billion will be spent in 13 cities including Ekurhuleni and two other Metros in Gauteng to build Integrated Public Transport Networks (IPTNs) and Bus Rapid Transit systems (BRT),” Minister Peters said.

She said R9 billion on the S’hamba Sonke Programme to maintain the network and R11 billion on SANRAL’s non-toll roads has also been budgeted.

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