REQUEST FOR A MEETING WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT

Kobus Visser, Director: Corporate Liaison

One of Agri SA’s main concerns in terms of infrastructure development is that the provincial and rural road network is under heavy strain resulting in accelerated deterioration.  This situation negatively affects road safety as well as the cost effectiveness of the logistical arrangements for farming.  It also inhibits the developmental potential of rural communities who are denied access to services and other opportunities.  Agri SA supports the Minister of Transport’s approach to ring-fence funds for maintaining and upgrading provincial and rural roads.

Agri SA requested a meeting with the Department of Transport to discuss this approach with the minister as well as the practicalities regarding the implementation thereof. Furthermore, the organisation would like to discuss the department’s view on the re-opening of rail branch-lines as well as the process of testing tractor operators.