The TransAfrica conference, to be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, from 7-9 October, is set to have mutual benefits for all African countries who are currently cultivating better transport systems. This is the opinion of the acting director general of the Department of Transport, Mawethu Vilana, speaking at the launch of TransAfrica 2014 in Sandton on 6 August.
“TransAfrica 2014 will be significant as it starts a host of activities in response to our annual Transport Month campaign, which was launched in October 2006,” said Minister Vilana. “The knowledge imparted at the conference could serve as a basis for the formulation of transport strategies and polices for the future of Africa’s transportation.
“In this respect, South Africa’s transport experience, in particular, is of value to many countries on the African continent. Our transport system, technology and expertise are, in fact, extensively in demand in African states and elsewhere.”
A number of important speakers will participate in TransAfrica and the three-day conference is seen as the ideal platform for major development announcements to be made.
TransAfrica 2014 is endorsed and supported by the Transport Minister, Elizabeth Dipuo Peters. In her endorsement, the Transport Minister said: “Transport is the heartbeat of South Africa’s economic growth and social development.”
She continued her endorsement that the Transport Department also has a vital role to play in the government’s integration with the Southern African Region and the African continent as a whole, as well as being the conduit for exporting products to the rest of the world.