New project launched for cities

2012-05-11 16:31

Johannesburg - A new infrastructure programme to transform the country's cities was officially launched on Friday.

Officiating at the event in Kempton Park, Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi said the objective was to turn major cities into sustainable human settlements.

Another aim was to integrate public transport with urban planning.

"The implementation of this programme over the next 20 years will not only change this country's landscape, it will [also] create much-needed jobs," he told reporters.

The programme is officially known as the Strategic Integrated Infrastructure Project 7 (SIP7).

The project is one of 17 programmes approved by Cabinet earlier this year, each with a different focus area of infrastructure

Deputy Transport Minister Jeremy Cronin, who also attended the launch, said SIP7 aimed to overcome the spatial legacy of apartheid.

"Infrastructure was not used as a connector, but as a separator (in the past)," he said.

Railway lines separated black from coloured communities in Cape Town, and freeways were used to seal-off townships, Cronin said.

The new programme brought together several initiatives in various cities, including rail service improvements.

Some of these, such as Johannesburg's bus rapid transport system, were already underway, Cronin said.

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-05-11 17:34

    we have a lot when it comes to projects. We need to find if they are efficient eneough. Let us be careful of just milking to the ground.

  • dave.leverton - 2012-05-11 17:35

    "Railway lines separated black from coloured communities in Cape Town" Really ? Can anyone tell me where ?

      mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-05-11 17:42

      the simon'stown, fishoek and wellington routes. Why do u think these places have 1 or 2 black comunity townships? People only went there to work in van wyk and van eerdens plaas.

      dave.leverton - 2012-05-11 18:17

      Simonstown and Fishoek train lines divide blacks from coloureds ? The one side of that line is the sea - not sure which of the above have developed gills.

      mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-05-11 18:21

      for those who are saying thumbs down, remind me of a white dominant area in khayelitsha route.

      Igsaan Takamine Williams - 2012-05-11 19:36

      mitchell's plain // khayelitsha. mannenberg // nyanga. athlone // langa. to name but a few

  • Jean - 2012-05-11 17:58

    Wednesday I drove for the first time through JHB cbd... It was definitely one of my top 3 most horrific experiences ever! The bus lane running through the middle of the road does not work and the lanes divided by the bus lane I mean how many accidents do you have a day and don't let me get started on the buildings, think the nicest modern building I saw was where nando's is and historic building was where standard bank is, across each other the rest, I mean you actually do business there? Most important it felt unsafe!!! Shocking that gauteng is our economy hub cos CPT is by far the better place!

      Dries - 2012-05-11 18:07

      Was that a death wish?

      Jean - 2012-05-11 19:04

      @dries then I won't mention when I went through or should I say survived hillbrow (I got lost)\r\n@david, think the ANC secretly feels the same way, that's why they want to build that 3 massive skyscrapers in centurion cos there is no hope for JHB and PTA! Me coming from cpt it is so sad to see that gautengers avoid their cbd's while in cpt that's where everything happens!! You would never say that CPT is be apart of SA cos SA is falling apart!

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