- Blade Nzimande has made a return to cabinet, this time as transport minister
- Nzimande previously served as the minister of higher education and training
- The new minister faces many challenges but experts agree he needs to focus on 3 key areas
Blade Nzimande makes a triumphant return to the cabinet, this time he will serve as the minister of transport. Nzimande previously served as the minister of higher education and training before being fired by former president Jacob Zuma.
His dismissal was thought to be an act of revenge on Zuma’s part after Nzimande publicly and repeatedly called for Zuma to step down as president.
The SACP released a statement after President Ramaphosa announced his reshuffled cabinet in which the party thanked him for once again following protocol and consulting with all the relevant parties about his new cabinet.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Nzimande will face many challenges in his new positions, but experts agree that he needs to focus on three key areas in order to make a real difference to the lives of South Africans
Reduce holiday season road fatalities
Official statistics show that under former transport minister Joe Maswanganyi the death toll over the festive season for 2017/2018 dropped by 10%. Unfortunately, the drop comes on the back of some very high numbers, more than 38 people died on the roads during the last festive season.
Nzimande needs to commit to bringing down the death rate by at least 25% this year and to have the rate reduce each year.
Enforce existing laws
Nzimande needs to ensure that drivers who break the law are properly and consistently dealt with. South Africans need to realise that serious offences such as drunk and reckless driving carry harsh consequences.
Nzimande needs to build on the good work done by his predecessor when it came to collaborating with all the various sectors of society.
For real change to take hold the transport department needs to embrace more than just laws and their enforcement, only by working with all the relevant stakeholders can the department hope to achieve its goals to create better roads and transport for the country.
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