Minister of Transport Blade Nzimande and the deputy minister, Sindisiwe Chikunga, are officially launching the October Transport Month campaign.
The idea behind this campaign is to encourage South Africans to consider their state of current transportation and try new means of transport as well as join the conversation about driving a more inclusive society through the transport infrastructure that we have around in the country.
Nzimande on Friday is travelling around Gauteng using various modes of transport.
Speaking to Bongani Bingwa, the Minister while on board a train in Mamelodi says his intention is to get the first-hand experience as to how commuters experience Metrorail.
I must say it is quite a challenge, firstly the positive thing is that the train is very cheap, it is a very cheap form of transport, I had to pay only R9.75 between Mamelodi and Pretoria town.— Blade Nzimande, Minister of Transport
He adds that the train is not as expensive as other modes of transport, however, the challenge is that it is just too full.
You feel very free here, people complain, their cellphones get stolen, they get pickpocketed.— Blade Nzimande, Minister of Transport
The challenge is also the infrastructure, the station I have just left from has got only one platform, in fact it could be having two platforms where you can have trains going in two different directions and that is another matter that just struck him.— Blade Nzimande, Minister of Transport
He says the incident where two trains were travelling on the same line on Thursday and collided is unacceptable.
It is reported that over three hundred people were injured.
I will be going past one of the hospitals where people who got injured who are still in the hospital and ask them what actually happened.— Blade Nzimande, Minister of Transport
We are already waiting for a report from the rail regulator.— Blade Nzimande, Minister of Transport
He adds that one of the immediate things he will do is appoint permanent managers and interact with communities.
Listen below to the full interview, we apologise for the poor sound quality: