During the virtual launch of the provincial Smart Mobility 2030 plan, Head of the Department Makhukhu Mampuru said it was important to acknowledge transport as a driving force in growing the economy, especially as it accounts for 7.4% of the country’s entire road network, 60% of national freight traffic and 921km of rail.
To promote economic growth and to mark the end of Transport Month, the MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure, Jacob Mamabolo launched the provincial Smart Mobility 2030 plan which seeks to eradicate transport challenges and use transport as a catalyst to boost the economy of the province.
The Smart Mobility 2030 Plan focuses on the current transport scene and consolidates various plans into an integrated plan that will be used to improve transport systems in the province. The plan is anchored on three key strategic areas: Infrastructure, operations and institutions, and involves creating connected and integrated transport systems.
Head of the Department Makhukhu Mampuru said Gauteng was the epicentre of growth and development in the country and contributed 34% of the national gross domestic product, despite it being the smallest province by geography.“Smart Mobility can be defined as an effective and efficient mobility system that uses appropriate technologies and is characterised by consistent and systematic use of innovations to streamline transport management,” said Mampuru.
He said there were key focus areas that formed part of the Growing Gauteng Together Through Smart Mobility, which included restructuring the urban form, seeing Gauteng as a freight and logistics hub, data centre mobility, and building strong institutions like Gautrain, Gauteng On The Move and GFleet.