DA debates 2016/17 Annual Report of GP Roads and Transport

The following speeches were delivered in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature today by DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Roads and Transport, Fred Nel MPL and DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Roads and Transport, Neil Campbell MPL, during a debate on the 2016/17 Annual Report of the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport.

Speech by
Fred Nel MPL

“Pot-holed roads and poor public transport department derails growth”

  • The department had no target, and no delivery, for the surfacing of gravel roads and this begs the question as to what the department’s strategy is with regards to gravel roads in the province;
    • A major concern is the lack of construction of non-motorised transport infrastructure and the fact that the department had no target for this type of infrastructure during the year under review; and
    • Public transport and its integration in the province remains on the to do list of the MEC and has not yet moved to the “doing” list.

The full speech can be obtained here.

Speech by
Dr Neil Campbell MPL

“Simply more of the same with Roads and Transport ”

  • Our inability to decisively stop taxi violence and reckless driving by taxi drivers persists. Taxi routes are still contested, yet no solution is advanced. The report of the Committee Inquiry into Taxi Violence, adopted in this house, had not been acted on;
    • Rising commuter travel times remain unaddressed and road builds and upgrades are very slow;
    • Our subsidised busses are a huge problem with neither operators nor commuters satisfied; and
    • The integration of public transport and the promised universal single ticket system have also failed to materialise but this is hardly unexpected.


The full speech can be obtained here.