Germany sets aside R70m for SA transport project

03 November 2014

The German government has committed a further R70-million towards the second phase of the Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) programme.

The NMT programme forms part of the Department of Environmental Affairs’ 2010 FIFA World Cup National Greening Legacy Programme.

In 2009, President Jacob Zuma announced that South Africa would implement appropriate mitigation actions, which would result in the reduction of carbon emissions by 34% by 2020 and by 42% in 2025, depending on availability of finance and technology.

The NMT was established to reduce carbon emissions in the country. Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Dr Ismail Vadi, said South Africa needed to build a stronger cycling culture.

He said coherent, route-based network connecting main destinations relevant for daily transportation needed to be established for cyclists.

The NMT agenda seeks to promote a safe, healthy, affordable, convenient, efficient and environmentally-friendly mode of transport.

The programme is being implemented by the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Federal Republic of Germany (working through KfW Development Bank).

The three cities that have previously benefitted from the partnership are eThekwini Metropolitan, City of Jo’burg and Polokwane Local Municipality.

By: SANews

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