South African Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has encouraged South Africans to register their companies in the various government databases in order to benefit from the many business opportunities available.
We made a commitment of procuring 75 per cent of government goods and services from South African producers, Peters said at the Hope Restoration Ministries church in Kempton Park near Johannesburg on Sunday as part of her stakeholder engagement to intensify road safety education and awareness.
Equally important is the commitment of 60 per cent (of goods and services) set aside for youth employment and youth businesses in the infrastructure programme.
She said the government would be building a 1.0 billion Rand (about73 million US dollars) factory to produce 580 trains and create an estimated 65,000 direct and indirect jobs over a ten-year contract period in Nigel in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, which Kepton Park is a part of.
The Department of Transport together with the 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.
Peter said another 6.0 billion Rand would be spent in 13 cities, including Ekurhuleni, and two other metropolitan municipalities in Gauteng Province to build Integrated Public Transport Networks (IPTNs) and Bus Rapid Transit systems (BRT).
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK