Ndebele to launch transport month

Monday, September 28, 2009

Johannesburg - Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele will officially launch the annual Transport Month Campaign on Wednesday.

The campaign, which will be themed, "Safety in all modes of Transport: Systems readiness for 2010, Sisonke siyaphambili akujiki," will have a strong focus on the user, operator and infrastructure with a strong emphasis on road safety.

During the launch, the minister will be joined by his Deputy Minister Jeremy Cronin, provincial Transport MECs, senior government officials and key transport stakeholders as well members of the community.

On the same day, the department and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa will launch the Mobile Police Station coach initiative in long distance rail traveling through the Shosholoza Meyl rail service.

"The initiative will assist in improving and ensuring the safety of long distance passenger rail travelers and soccer loving fans that will descend on the country during the soccer spectacular.

"It will promote a positive customer experience and improve the community's perception of the service," the department said.

The coach is equipped with a charge office for commuters to lay a charge, a holding cell for females and males separately, a safe for locking up firearms and dockets as well as sleeping compartments for officers.