Tuesday, October 6, 2015

'South Africans need reliable & safe public transport'

ewn : "“The first thing our people complain about when you meet them in the trains is reliability. Second, are issues of security. If people are not going to feel safe they are going to vote with their feet and take a transport mode of their choice that they feel will keep them safe.”"

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Joburgers urged to cycle, walk or use public transport:Sunday 4 October 2015

SABC News: "One of the aims of the Festival is to give people a preview of a future transport system where public transport, cycling and walking become the preferred transport mode of choice.  "

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

South Africa: Sandton choked by cars

biznews : " we also need to decongest Sandton. Sandton is really growing, but if everybody wants to come to Sandton using a private car, it will stop growing because Sandton would become a parking lot (or it already is). "

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Ethiopia: Negatives of car culture

allAfrica.com: "People in Ethiopia continue striving to own personal automobile, vehicles not only to portray status but also success. Even if the car is old, beat-up moving steel, possessors still keep the respect and the title. It is considered a luxury as only few can afford to buy one."

Sunday, September 6, 2015

50 new Buses in Lagos, Nigeria

THISDAY LIVE: "“This is the first step towards increasing our fleet size to 1800 buses in 47 routes across the state and it is safe to say we are on track since we started operations in May this year.

“Our vision is to revolutionise the entire public mass transit system in Nigeria, starting from Lagos through a strict policy of not compromising on quality and standard of service.

“We have been consistent in the last three months of operations regarding our promises and policies; No standing, fully air conditioned, secured travel, on-board wholesome entertainment  efficient and timely arrival of buses at bus stops and very well maintained buses."

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Kigali, Rwanda committing to #publictransit and declaring #carfree zones

allAfrica.com : "Mobility in Kigali has been a priority in the last 15 years. The city set out to connect all suburbs with tarmac roads and drainages. Old fashion mini-buses were eliminated. 3 local bus companies were awarded 5-year contracts to transport more than 500,000 commuters every day.

The companies have the obligation to ensure that city commuters don't spend over 10 minutes at bus stage during rush-hours.

"We want to have all passengers cherish public transport, instead of spending heavily on cabs," said City Mayor Fidele Ndayisaba."

'via Blog this'

Monday, August 24, 2015

Rwanda Begins Implementing 'Car Free Zones' in Capital

PRNewswire : "KIGALI, Rwanda, Aug. 24, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Effective August 24, no vehicles will be allowed in the heart of Rwanda's capital Kigali, widely regarded as the cleanest city in Africa.

Except special services vehicles such as ambulances, others are prohibited in the streets of the declared 'Car-Free Zone.'

"Normally, a city is for people not vehicles," said Luben Ahimbissibwe, director of infrastructure in the city. "We want to turn Kigali into a pedestrian-friendly city."  "

Monday, May 25, 2015

Auto system breaks down in Nigeria

InsideMainland: "The lingering fuel crises is gradually grinding the Nigeria state to a halt. Already, Nigerians can no longer fuel their vehicles or household power generators. The effect on the latter is made worse with national power supply now at 1,300 MW, the lowest in 16 years."

Monday, May 18, 2015

Ethiopia: Associations to Import 500 New Buses for Public Transport

allAfrica.com : "In order to ease the ever increasing high demand of the public transport in the capital, various transport service associations are about to import some 500 buses.

In a press conference held yesterday, Kassahun Haile-Mariam, Director General of the Federal Transport Authority (FTA), said that the introduction of the buses will play a vital role in alleviating the deep-rooted transportation complications in the city and it also paves a way to introduce modern city bus transport service."

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Why Much of Poor Black Africa Is Already in the Future

The Stranger: "Indeed, Beijing in the early '80s, when bicycles dominated its streets, was, in this sense, more in the future than it is now, when cars clog its streets and hog valuable space. China is going backward in so many ways. Progress has become a mixed bag. Black Africa must see and expand the future that already exists in many parts of its underdevelopment (I call this horizontal progress—as opposed to 20th-century vertical progress). The fact that 60 percent of trips in Addis Ababa are made on foot (6 percent in cars) is so 2015 and beyond; whereas the fact that just below 50 percent of commuters in Seattle are solo drivers is, though impressive for an American city, still so 1950s—a period, by the way, that madly imagined space travel in sterile, metal-clean spaces, whereas we now see correctly that travel into deep space will have to be muddy and with our messmates (life is not a thing but a system of things)."

Thursday, March 19, 2015

"Sandton, South Africa, would be a mere parking lot"

Sandton plan to fix transport mess - IOL Motoring Industry News | IOL.co.za: "Addressing Sandton businesses earlier this month, mayor Parks Tau said that unless the city started taking immediate steps, Sandton would be a mere “parking lot where people will not be able to get in and out”.

“We can't build more lanes, as there's no space. We need a combination of solutions,” he said.

“Part of this is our ability to effect commuter and motorists' behavioural changes. This is possible as we saw during the 2010 World Cup, where people used public transport. I believe it is possible to change commuter patterns.”"

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Palm oil risk to Africa as prospectors eye swaths of land

The Guardian: "Booming global demand for palm oil and limited room for the industry’s expansion in Asia have led large palm oil producers to look towards Africa. Companies are also betting on an explosion in demand from the European Union for palm oil as a sustainable fuel, and Africa is the closest palm oil-producing region."

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ethiopia: Free Transport Service for Public Servants to Commence

allAfrica.com: : "The Public Service Employees Transport Service Enterprise (PSETSE), which was established last year with the aim of providing free transportation services for government employees, announced that it is commencing a trial transportation service as of Monday with over 50 buses."

Monday, August 25, 2014

Nigeria: Kogi Inaugurates New Lokoja City Bus Service

allAfrica.com: "The Kogi State Government has inaugurated a new metropolitan transport scheme tagged Lokoja City Bus Service (LCBS) to boost transportation within the capital city-Lokoja. The government said the new Lokoja City Bus Service is a subsidised public transport scheme that is expected to have great impact on the lives of the citizens and residents of Lokoja. Commuters on the bus service would enjoy at least 50 per cent subsidy on fares within the metropolis. Kogi State Governor, Capt. Idris Wada described the event as a landmark in the history of his administration as it marked the beginning of the restructuring of the road and water transportation sectors through the Kogi State Transport Company and the recently created Ministry of Transport."

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tripoli Local Council addresses fuel crisis with free city bus service

libyaherald : "In one of its last acts, Tripoli Local Council — soon to be replaced by the recently elected Tripoli Municipal Council — has made an agreement with the National Fast Transport Company to offer a free public bus service for Tripoli residents. The service is a response  to the petrol crisis in the city which has meant that many people cannot get to work."

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nairobi signs deal with China's Foton to improve public transport

WantChinaTimes.com: "Under the MoU, Foton Motors will provide 260 buses to the county government of Nairobi to help implement the mass public transport system.
..."We require mass public transport system to ease congestion on our roads and reduce carbon emissions," the governor said."

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tourism buses to offer public transportation services in Greater Cairo within weeks - Daily News Egypt

Daily News Egypt: "State-owned Misr Tourism Company, in coordination with the Ministry of Tourism, will dispatch buses to offer public transportation services in Greater Cairo, the cabinet announced Tuesday."

Monday, July 14, 2014

Nigeria free school bus program expands, may spread

tribune : "Akinmade said the school free shuttle programme had come to stay, adding that the initiative had become so popular that  some other states in the country have come to study it as a model to enable them to implement same in their respective states."

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Edo State, Nigeria. #freetransit for school children

WorldStage News | Oshiomhole announces free transport for students, condemns Chibok abductions: "Accordng to him, “today, as a mark of our appreciation on the hardship that many of our parents are encountering and the difficulties of the financial challenges that many families are experiencing, I have decided that with effect from tomorrow morning, 6:00am, any Edo Child who is in school uniform going from school or returning from school, if he wears his school uniform, whether he attends a private or public school will no longer pay any ticket for using the Comrade Bus.

“The management will be directed to ply all the routes in Benin City and once you are wearing your uniform, you will board those buses free of charge whether you are going to school or you are returning from school. This is something we are doing just to show that we care. This is one way we can deliver more subsidy in a way that cannot be abused by any middle man.”"

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Zimbabwe: Reliable Public Transport System Vital

allAfrica.com : "But all the foregoing still leave everyone vulnerable to unscrupulous kombi drivers. What we need as a nation is a viable public transport system which ensures that people can move from point A to point B in a predictable way. Our roads are overcrowded; in fact they have long exceeded their carrying capacity.

Add to that, the madness of reckless kombi drivers who are forced to meet unrealistic targets by greedy vehicle owners who leave them with little time to rest.

Thousands of those kombis are not regularly serviced, don't have route permits and the drivers are often under-qualified or half drunk most of the time. That's a cocktail for disaster.

Having a reliable public transport system will reduce our people's exposure to these risky options.

The infrastructure cluster under Zim-Asset should get our city authorities and engineers thinking about the way forward. A combination of buses and trains should do the trick. This is a top priority area not just to facilitate commerce but also to save lives. It makes business and moral sense."

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Privatization of transport a failure in Nigeria

New transport policy: A lesson in self-indictment: "WITH the announcement by the Federal Government, early this year, that it was putting together a framework that would form the bedrock of a new transportation policy for country, we need not look any further for the reasons for the failures of recent attempts at Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) to develop some of our public infrastructure."

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Spotlight on school transport after deaths

IOL.co.za: "“I’m very concerned about the continued use of bakkies to transport the public, especially school learners. We strongly urge parents to work with us to ensure that learners are safe on the road.”

The MEC said various factors – including whether the children involved in yesterday’s crash were seated or not; whether they were protected by a “barricade”; and if the vehicle had a canopy – would have to be taken into account to determine if the driver had been reckless.

The government would continue to extend free pupil transport services to more needy communities as part of the process of providing easy access to transportation and education."

Monday, May 12, 2014

Terrorism is created by spy agencies to justify access to oil

The U.S.-Algerian security pact is about energy, not al-Qaeda - Al Arabiya News: "Professor Jeremy Keenan, a world authority on the Sahara-Sahel region from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London, points to “longstanding collusion between Algeria’s secret police, the Département du Renseignement et de la Sécurité [Department of Intelligence and Security, or DRS] and local terrorists.”"

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Boko Haram a creation of Western oil-controlled governments, handy excuse to invade Nigeria

Behind the rise of Boko Haram - ecological disaster, oil crisis, spy games | Nafeez Ahmed | Environment | The Guardian: "What we're not being told, however, is that al-Qaeda's rapid expansion through northwest Africa has occurred under the rubric of Algerian state intelligence services - with US, French and British knowledge."