December 14, 2011

South Africa sets up HS committee

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SOUTH Africa's Department of Transport has established a steering committee to oversee the development of the country's four proposed high-speed lines, together with an investor unit which will market the public-private partnership (PPP) projects.

The department's deputy director general Mr Lanfranc Situma said last month that the 125km Pretoria - Moloto line would be the government's priority due to the high number of road fatalities on this route. The Rand 15bn ($US 1.8bn) project has already been registered as a PPP and approved by the cabinet.

The other three proposed high-speed corridors will radiate from Johannesburg to serve Durban, Polokwane, and Cape Town, although Situma says the Johannesburg - Durban line will only be viable if it carries freight traffic.

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