New freight strategy to improve road safety

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Pretoria - Cabinet has approved the Road Freight Strategy, which is aimed at putting South Africa on par with the best international standards in freight operations. 

“The recommendations in this strategy will enhance the efficiency of enforcement, promote road safety, improve the protection of infrastructure, reduce environmental impacts, and create an integrated framework of quality-regulated competition, within which the road freight sector can continue to serve the needs of the South African economy,” Cabinet said in a statement. 

National Radio Frequency Plan 

Cabinet also endorsed the approved National Radio Frequency Plan 2017 by the Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services. 

Cabinet said that the allocation of spectrum by the World Radio Communication Conference has a significant impact on the economic growth of South Africa. 

“The National Radio Frequency Plan 2017 is a comprehensive source of radio frequency spectrum allocation for different radio communication services. The revised National Radio Frequency Plan 2017, ensures South Africa is aligned with the approved International Radio Regulations that were adopted in the 2015 International Telecommunication Union conference,” Cabinet said. 

Inland Waterways Safety Strategy 

Cabinet has approved the Inland Waterways Safety Strategy, through which the South African Maritime Safety Authority, sets standards and enhances procedures for permitting and licensing arrangements for boats operating on inland waterways. 

“This will ensure the safety of small vessels on South Africa’s inland waterways.” 

Meanwhile, Cabinet congratulated iSimangaliso Wetland Park for receiving the Audit Excellence Award at the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Public Sector Excellence Awards earlier this month. 

The award was in recognition of the park receiving clean audits over five consecutive years.  iSimangaliso was declared South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999. 

Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter 

Cabinet further approved the publication of the Reviewed Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining and Minerals industry in 2017. 

Cabinet said that Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane will provide a briefing once the charter has been gazetted. 

Mint Company’s designs for the 2017 

Cabinet approved the South African Mint Company’s designs for the 2017 and 2018 numismatic commemorative and circulation coins. 

In collaboration with Cabinet, a new series was developed that represents culture, freedom and democracy under the theme: “Celebrating South Africa”. 

Cabinet said that the centenary of Struggle stalwart Oliver Reginald Tambo’s birth was chosen as the first subject to be depicted. 

“The introduction of the new R50 (1oz, sterling-silver) coin, R500 (1oz, 24-carat gold) coin and R50 (base metal alloy) coin celebrating the 100-year anniversary of OR Tambo’s birthdate,” Cabinet noted. 

Designs for the following 2017 and 2018 commemorative coin series have been developed:

a.         2017 coin series: Oliver Reginald Tambo Centenary Celebration;

b.         2017 circulation coin: R5 coin depicting the Order of the Companies of OR Tambo;

c.         2017 Protea coin series: Life of a Legend – Nelson Mandela;

d.         2017 R1 coin series: Reptiles of South Africa – the Puff Adder;

e.         2018 UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and the Biosphere coin series: The Waterberg Biosphere Reserve;

f.          2018 coin series: National Geographic Society ‘Big Cats Initiative’ – The Lion;

g.         2018 coin: 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM. – SAnews.gov.za

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