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Traffic Chiefs decide on plan to reduce road deaths
 
GAUTENG: Traffic authorities from all nine provinces and the metros have decided to sustain high impact road operations for the coming three months to reduce deaths on the roads. Read More
​Launch of Emalahleni Traffic Station

Emalahleni Local Municipality for two financial years managed to build the multi-million rands state of the art traffic station to service more than two hundred villages and three rural towns of Emalahleni and the other neighbouring communities of the Eastern Cape. Read More

EC Transport to hold Scholar Transport Consultative Processes

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport is set to embark on consultative processes on the Provincial Scholar Transport Policy from 10 to 18 March 2016.  This initiative is in line with the National Scholar Transport Policy ... Read More
Scholar Transport Surpasses Pupil Target

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport in partnership with Road Traffic Infringement Agency will hold the provincial Administrative Adjudication of Traffic Offences (AARTO) road show at the Mthatha Airport on 17 & 18 February 2016... Read More
​AARTO Provincial Workshop

The Eastern Cape Scholar Transport has since the re-opening of schools transported a total of 67 191 learners.
This number exceeds the projected 60 000 pupils for the... Read More
​MEC Tikana to Hand-Over 12 Police vehicles and Reflective Belts

In a bid to improve rural safety and Stray Animal and Road Safety Awareness, the Eastern Cape Transport, Safety and Liaison MEC Weziwe Tikana will hand-over 12 police vehicles and Stray Animal Reflective Belts at Coghlan Village in Engcobo on Wednesday 17 February 2016 at 10h00... Read More
Increase of Fees

The Provincial Department of Transport has recently approved an increase of 10% for all Road Traffic Quality System (heavy) vehicles with a tare weight above 3500kg and 8.5% for all vehicles from 0 – 3500kg with effect from 1 April 2016.... Read More


​Crackdown on reckless drivers during festive season

The Eastern Cape transport department has vowed to crack down on motorists who fail to adhere to the rules of the road during the festive season.   The warning was issued by roads and transport MEC Weziwe Tikana during the launch of the festive road safety campaign in Mount Ayliff last week.... Read More

MEC Tikana to launch 30 new Mayibuye Busses

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison MEC Weziwe Tikana and the MTC Board Chairperson, Dr Vanguard Mkosana will launch 30 new buses to the Mayibuye Transport Corporation fleet on Thursday 10 December 2015 at 11h00... Read More

Millions to be spent on festive season road safety

About R16-million has been set aside for the festive season road safety campaign in the Eastern Cape.
This was revealed yesterday by Transport, Safety and Liaison MEC Weziwe Tikana at the launch of the campaign in Mount Frere on 03 December 2015... Read More

​MEC Tikana to hold media briefing

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana will hold a media briefing to outline the Department’s Road Safety plans for the Upcoming Festive Season Holidays at the Umzimvubu Local Municipality Boardroom in Mount Frere tomorrow at 07h00... Read More

MEC Tikana to launch 2015/16 Festive Season Road Safety Campaign

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana will officially launch the Provincial Festive Season Road Safety Campaign at Phakade in Mount Ayliff on 03 December 2015 at 14h00...Read More
​EC wins National Road Safety Debate Competition

Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) hosted a Road Safety Schools Debate competition which was won by an Eastern Cape team at Lakes Hotel and Conference Centre in Benoni, Johannesburg on 05–10 October 2015... Read More
​URGENT MEDIA RELEASE - 1693 EC Scholar Transport Service Bids Received

A total of 1693 Scholar Transport Service bids for the new financial year were received across the Eastern Cape Province, when the tended closed on Friday... Read More



Invitation: Woman Dialogue for SMS and MMS Government Members

As part of the 2015 October Transport Month Campaign, the Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana is convening a Women Dialogue for SMS and MMS members from all provincial and national government departments as well as state owned companies in the Eastern Cape on 27 October 2015 at Steve Biko Centre in Ginsberg starting at 10h00... Read Below
​EC Transport to host Safe Kids Day

As part of contribution to the Worldwide Programme, which seeks to promote safety of children, Eastern Cape
Department of Transport will host a Safe Kids Day at Bensoville Hall, Sterspruit in the Joe Gqabi District on the 21 October 2015 @10H00... Read More

Closing of Scholar Transport Tender

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport encourages all interested operators to ensure that they submit their bids for the Scholar Transport Tender by Friday this week.

The tender will close at 11:00 on 23 October 2015 and deposited in tender boxes situated at our District Offices, which their physical addresses were advertised. The tender clearly states that no telephone calls, telefax, e-mails, posting will be accepted, all are required to physically deposit the completed tender .. Read More
MEC Tikana to hold a prayer day for road accidents

As part of the 2015 October Transport Month Campaign, the MEC for the  Eastern Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, MPL Weziwe Tikana will be holding a prayer day for road accidents and killing of law enforcement officers... Read More
Safer Train Coaches for EC Pupils

Six special train coaches to transport school pupils comfortably and safely were unveiled by provincial transport, safety and liaison MEC Weziwe Tikana yesterday in Berlin... Read More
Tikana launches train for pupils

TODAY Eastern Cape: MEC for transport, safety and liaison, Weziwe Tikana, in partnership with Metro Rail, will launch a dedicated coach for pupils at Berlin train station.. Read More
​Traffic Alert! Zip Lips while driving

SMOOCHING motorists beware – authorities have launched a smackdown on romance on the road and will not be taking any lip if they catch you kissing while driving.  And do not even think about snapping the act on your cellphone. Selfies – in case you have not realised it – are just as bad.. Read More


CBP Creating Job Opportunities

The 2014/15 financial year saw a number of job opportunities created through the Eastern Cape Department of Transport Community Based Programme... Read More
15 more AB350 Buses ready to operate

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport together with AB350 LTD will be unveiling 15 more buses during the upcoming October Transport Month Campaign at Gotyibeni Village in the Gungululu Administrative.. Read More
Road Safety Year Programme

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport launch of the Road Safety Year Programme in October 2014 has enabled the department to reach.. Read More
Mthatha Airport Upgrade Complete

In presenting her 2014/15 Annual Report during the Launch of 2015 October Transport Month Campaign at the Bhisho legislature, MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison Ms. Weziwe Tikana announced that the.. Read More
Scholar Transport turns the corner

During the presentation of her 2014/15 Annual Report on 01 October 2015 in Bhisho, Eastern Cape Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana boldly assured that without any fear of contradiction that the .. Read More
Santaco EC Response

Response to allegations by SANTACO Eastern Cape on the implementation plan process of the Provincial Integrated Public Transport Master Plan The Eastern Cape Department of Transport would like to put it on record that as provincial government we remain committed to the improvement of public transport.. Read More

18 companies attend briefing session for the Mthatha Airport Management Tender

A total of 18 companies attended the briefing session for the Mthatha Airport Management Tender, which was
held at the airport yesterday.  This follows the advertisement of the tender in the national and provincial media last month for Expression of
Interest for the Management of the Mthatha Airport. The closing date is Friday 25 September 2015 at 11am. Read More
EC Government to hold mass funeral services for road accident victims

 
The Eastern Cape Government will hold various mass funerals for victims of road accidents that happened in the province on 29 August and 03 September 2015.

 
At total of 48 people lost their lives through these horrific accidents, which the provincial government declared a provincial disaster. Read More



EC Transport to hold memorial services for road accident victims

The Eastern Cape MEC for Transport Weziwe Tikana together with inter-faith structures will hold a memorial service for the 36 victims of the tragic weekend bus accident on 3rd September 2015 at ...Read More
Families of Craddock accident victims to visit scene of crash

The families of the 10 Craddock accident victims will today visit the scene of the crash that the claimed the lives of their loved ones.
They will be accompanied by...Read More
EC Transport to host a Women in Leadership Seminar

As part of the Provincial 2015 Woman’s Month Programme, the Eastern Cape Department of Transport will host an Internal Women in Leadership Seminar at Regent Hotel in East London on the 27 August 2015 at 8h30. Read More
Launch of Park and Ride Service

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport together with Mayibuye Transport Corporation will launch the Park and Ride Service and hold the Female Driver Awards Gala Dinner on Friday 28 August at the Premier Hotel Regent @ 18h30... Read More
Mthatha Airport ready to expand flight routes

Mthatha may soon get more airlines operating to other major towns if the provincial transport department is successful in its bid to attract other airlines to the city. Read More
EC Transport looks to add more airlines to Mthatha Airport

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport is inviting both Licenced Airlines to propose routes to link Mthatha Airport to other centres in South Africa and Service Providers to submit Expression .. Read More
EC taxi, bus co-ops in pipeline

Multibillion-rand deal to transform industry

ADEAL expected to create more than 14 000 jobs in the Eastern Cape was signed on Monday. Parties involved – the Eastern Cape Transport Tertiary Cooperative (ECTTC) and Sprout Fuels, an oil and gas wholesaler – entered into a 10-year agreement deal at the East London Golf Club in an initiative aimed at transforming the transport industry. Read More
Women in Uniform to Enforce Road Safety on our Roads

As part of Women’s Month Celebrations, Provincial Female Law Enforcement Officers will lead two roadblocks at Kinkelboos and Kabega in Port Elizabeth on 06 August 2015 at 10h00.. Read More
​Premier Masualle to lead a site tour of Mthatha Airport

Eastern Cape Premier, Honorable Phumulo Masualle will lead a high powered delegation on a media site tour of the Mthatha Airport on 13 August 2015 at 08h00 to 9h00. He will be joined by the MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana, Local ... Read More
EC Transport to hand over a Creche Facility to Ducats Community

As part of the 2015 Mandela Month activities, the Eastern Cape Department of Transport will hand over a Crèche facility to Ducats Community and donate educational toys to pupils at Ducats Community Hall in East London on 30 July 2015 at 10h00.

The project is sponsored by TFM Conversion in conjunction with... Read More
MEC Tikana to Officially open a New DLTC in Adelaide

The Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana will officially open the Adelaide Driving License Testing Centre (DLTC) at Adelaide Town Hall on 23 July at 10h00. Read More
MEC Tikana Commemorates Mandela Day

The Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety & Liaison Weziwe Tikana in partnership with Nedbank will held a Mandela Day Commemoration on Friday 24 July 2015 at the Methodist Church, Gubenxa Village in Elliot

As part of the day’s activities Nedbank and Departmental Officials together with local residents build a vegetation tunnel which will be used by the locals as a business venture, where they can crop and sell their own vegetables and make a profit. Read More


Joe Gqabi celebrated youth month by donating Forty two pairs of Schools Shoes & Socks

The District donated forty two (42) pairs of shoes and socks to Ntlakohlaza Farm School in Aliwal North. The focus was to support vulnerable learners from disadvantaged families under the theme “Youth Action for Economic Freedom in our Life Time”.  Ntlakohlaza is one of the disadvantaged schools in the District whereby learners go to school bare feet. Read More
MEC Condemns Bus Torching

Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana has condemned the torching of an Africa’s Best (AB) 350 Ltd bus at Ngcobo this week.

The incident took place in the early hours of Friday 10 July 2015 at Gubenxa Location, where the bus is kept overnight. Read More


EC Transport sends off 18 Traffic Recruits

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport held a send off function for 18 Traffic Recruits at its Head Office’s in Schornville, King Williams Town on Wednesday 07 July 2015

These recruits were recruited from internal staff and this initiative marks the start of a process to increase traffic contingent in the province Read More
MEC Tikana to host a two-day Transport summit in Mthatha

The Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety & Liaison, Weziwe Tikana will host a two-day Transport Summit for all stakeholders involved in the provision and operation of transport infrastructure and services in the Province at Mthatha Airport Hangers on 25 and 26 June 2015 at 8h00. Read More
Transport Deputy Minister visits Eastern Cape for youth transport career expo   
 
Eastern Cape. The Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms. Sindisiwe Chikunga, will visit Queenstown in the Eastern Cape Province for youth transport career expo, on Monday, 22 June 2015.
 
The deputy Minister will engage with the youth of the province in matters of development in the transportation sector. Read More
RAF Assists families after accidents in the Eastern Cape

Dr Eugene Watson, RAF Chief Executive Officer, sends his condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those killed during the spate of recent motor vehicle accidents in the Eastern Cape. He also wished those recuperating in hospital a speedy recovery.

On 1 June, seven Libode church goers were killed when the quantum taxi they were travelling in on the R61 from Mthatha to Port St Johns collided with another vehicle. Read More

​MEC Tikana to hold Transport Stakeholders Dialogue

The Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison MPL Weziwe Tikana will hold a Stakeholders Dialogue at the Walter Sisulu University Auditorium on Monday 15 June 2015 @ 16h00. 

This is part of the continued efforts by Government to promote public participation in line with the Batho Pele Principles. Read More
EC Transport invites Unemployed Matriculants to be trained as Traffic Wardens

As part of its Road Safety Improvement Programme, The Eastern Cape Department of Transport is inviting unemployed matriculants in the province to be trained as traffic wardens.

The Road Safety Improvement Programme will be implemented in all 6 Districts for a period of 12 months Read More

Eastern Cape Road Safety Improvement Programme

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport is inviting interested unemployed Matriculants and Registered Driving Schools to participate in its Road Safety Improvement Prorgamme.

The programme will run for a period of 12 months and interested parties are encouraged to attend compulsory briefing sessions in various districts which will commence on Monday 01 June 2015. Read More


​Taxi Operators urged to Register

Eastern Cape Department of Transport MEC WEziwe Tikana has urged Taxi Operators to register with the Provincial Treasury. 

Those operators who are not yet registered are requested to do so as this is a requirement. Read More
MEC Tikana sends condolences to Train Accident Victims

​On behalf of the Eastern Cape Government, I would like to convey a message of condolences to the families and relatives of the two train porters of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), who died during the head-on collision between the Transnet Freight Rail and Shosholoza Meyl trains yesterday.  We also wish a speedy recovery to all those, who were injured in this tragic incident. Read More
Zenani Mandela Road Safety Scholarship awarded to EC employee

​The Annual Zenani Mandela Road Safety Scholarship has this year been awarded to the Eastern Cape’s own Khaya Simanga.
This is the first time that this scholarship which is named after the grand-granddaughter of Nelson Mandela, Zenani who died in a car
crash in 2010 has been awarded to an Eastern Cape Road Safety Ambassador.

Mr Simanga is currently employed by the Eastern Cape Department of Transport and is working at Alfred Nzo District in Mount Ayliff. He is a Principal Road Safety Officer who was selected as the best candidate out of 3 in the Province and out of 9 nationally through interviews and selection process.
South Africa is a signatory to the Decade of Action for Road Safety campaign which was initiated by United Nations General Assembly in 2011 and will end in 2020 Read More

Zero Tolerance for Unpaid Fines and Warrants

The Eastern Cape Department has launched a campaign to highlight zero tolerance for unpaid fines and warrants by motorists in the Province.
“We have identified 4 big stations as part of the pilot project to launch a new approach on the execution of warrants i.e Port Elizabeth, East London, Mthatha and Queenstown.  These Stations have Warrant Teams dedicated to execute warrants and attend to court administration duties,” says Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana. Read More
Chikunga lashes out at unroadworthy scholar transport

Deputy Transport Minister Sindi Chikunga says it is unacceptable that there are still drivers who ferry school children in unroadworthy scholar transport.  The Deputy Minister was speaking on Morning Live during the United Nations Global Road Safety Week.  Read More
Invitation to apply for ATNS Bursary Programme

Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) offers bursaries for students to train towards a career in air traffic management. Successful candidates will be granted once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become Air Traffic Control Officers (ATCO), Assistant Air Traffic Control Officers (AATSO) and Aeronautical Information Management Officers (AIMO). The programme provides each bursar with an opportunity to conduct their studies at the Aviation Training Academy (ATA) in Bonaero Park. Read More
Joint Media Statement by South African Police and the Department of Transport

BHISHO - 18 APRIL 2015:  The MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison of the Eastern Cape, Ms Weziwe Tikana said yesterday afternoon that the Eastern Cape Government condemns in the strongest possible way, the protests and actions that lead to the loss of lives, the destruction of property and the intolerance that these attacks represent.  She further requested communities not to allow criminal elements to take advantage of the concerns of ordinary citizens for their own selfish motives. Read More
​MEC Tikana to launch the 3rd United Nations Global Road Safety Week in Cofimvaba

As part of intensifying road safety education, MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison Weziwe Tikana will be joined by Executive Mayor of Chris Hani District, Cllr Koyo and Local Municipalities to Launch United Nations Global Road Safety Week in Cofimvaba playgrounds on the 04 May 2015 @11h:00 Read More
Statement by Department of Transport - Child Restraint Regulations

On 31 October 2014, the Department of Transport published the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2000 under the government gazette 38142 for commencement. The gazette contained various legislative amendments under the National Road Traffic Act, 1996 (Act No.93 of 1996). Read More

Transport Deputy Minister donates bicycles to learners in the Eastern Cape

The Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga, together with the MEC for Transport and Safety in the Eastern Cape, Ms Weziwe Tikana will donate a total of hundred  bicycles to learners of Nobangile senior secondary school as part of the Shova Kalula Programme. Read More

MEC Tikana urges public servants to be vigilant on the road

Following an instruction from the Premier's Office that all civil servants can leave their offices at 11am today to start their Easter Weekend, the Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana, has appealed for vigilance on the road. Read More

MEC Tikana calls for extra caution on the roads during the Easter holidays

As schools are closing in the Province this week for the Easter Holidays, the Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana, has appealed to all road users to exercise extra caution on the road. Read More

2015 Easter Road Safety Campaign

The Easter Holiday period presents its own unique challenges for us, which require a peculiar approach that promptly responds to these challenges. Read More

MEC Tikana to launch 2015 Easter Arrive Alive Campaign

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana will officially launch the Provincial Easter Arrive Alive Campaign at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium, Mdantsane on Sunday 29 March 2015 @ 09h00. Read More

EC Transport to conduct a pre Easter fatigue management operation.

The Department of Transport, under Amathole District in partnership with Road Accident Fund will be conducting a Fatigue Management Operation at Kie Bridge on the 27 March 2015 @ 9h00. Read More

​MEC promises steps to get metros' transport systems moving

 TRANSPORT MEC Weziwe Tikana will soon establish task teams to speedily resolve problems facing the introduction of integrated public transport systems (IPTS) in the two provincial metros. Read More

EC Transport invests in Maritime Sector

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport held a sendoff function for 11 delegates who will be undergoing Maritime Training at the Port of Antwerp in Belgium at the ICC, East London on Friday 20 March 2015. Read More

MEC Tikana officially opens the Zwelitsha

Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Hon. Weziwe Tikana officially opened the Zwelitsha Traffic Station and handed over 40 Road Safety and Law Enforcement vehicles at Zwelitsha Traffic Station on 18 March 2015. Read More


​EC Transport hosts Disability Indaba

In its continued efforts to integrate and mainstream programs of People with disabilities, the Eastern Cape Department of Transport Special Programmes Unit hosted a Disability Indaba at Gompo Hall in East London on Thursday 12 March 2015. Read More 

 

​MEC Tikana engages Transport Stakeholders

As part of ensuring that the stakeholder are kept abreast about the developments in the Department of Transport, Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana hosted a Pre Policy Speech Presentation Stakeholder Engagement Session at East London Convention Centre on 09 March 2015.  Read More
​MEC Tikana to engage Transport Stakeholders

As part of ensuring that the stakeholder are kept abreast about the developments in the Department of Transport, Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana will host a Pre Policy Speech Presentation Stakeholder Engagement Session at East London Convention Centre on 09 March 2015 at 8h00. Read More
Overloaded Scholar Transport Nabbed

In an effort to clamp down on negligent drivers in the Scholar Transport Programme, an Eastern Cape Provincial Traffic Officer apprehended a Toyota Quantum ferrying 28 pupils to school between Zwelitsha and Needs Camp early this morning. Read More


E Cape scholar transport operators given stern warning

Eastern Cape Transport MEC, Weziwe Tikana, has issued a stern warning to scholar transport operators who overload and use unroadworthy vehicles to ferry learners to school.

She led a roadblock together with traffic officials at the Mdantsane exit to East London to check compliance with roadworthiness and driver fitness. The route is known for road accidents that saw a number of learner deaths in recent months. Read More

Scholar Transport to be monitored

Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison Weziwe Tikana will lead a roadblock targeting scholar transport vehicles at the Mdantsane Main Gate tomorrow from 06h00 to 09h00.

MEC Tikana will be joined by Anathole District Traffic Officers and Officials of her Department in an operation aimed at the inspection of these vehicles to ensure that they continue to adhere to amongst others Read More

Scholar Transport Service Providers Urged to register urgently

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport hereby requests all Public Transport Associations and councils to assist by prevailing upon their members who are contracted for scholar transport service in the current school term to register with Centralised Electronic Suppliers’ Database (CESD PROVINCIAL TREASURY SUPPLIERS’ DATABASE) Read More

EC Transport extends the closing date of the Scholar Transport Tender

As part its concerted effort to improve the provision of transport for pupils in the province, The Eastern Cape Department of Transport is extending the closing date of Scholar Transport tender to Friday 06 March 2015 at 11h00.

The tender was initially scheduled to close on Friday 20 February 2015 at 11h00, however, the department deemed it fair to extend the closing date in an attempt to give individual local public transport operators enough opportunity to apply and provide transport for approved learners to and from schools in the province. Read More

Implementation of the Provincial Integrated Public Transport Master Plan (PIPTMP)

The Department aims to introduce Integrated Public Transport services on the first two routes in the province during the 2015/’16 financial year as part of the Start-Up Phase. These services on these routes, East London to Mthatha and Mthatha to Mount Ayliff, are expected to commence once stakeholder consultation has been done. The Department anticipates to commence with the design of services on a third route in the 2015/’16 financial year. During the years thereafter, the Department envisages to introduce public transport services on more routes in the Province during each financial year. Read More
EC Provincial Traffic Scholar Transport Blitz hits Buffalo City Metro

The Eastern Cape Provincial Traffic Officers have embarked on a Scholar Transport blitz targeting the Buffalo City Metropolitan (BCM) area this week.  This forms part of the Scholar Transport Programme monitoring strategy focusing on the fitness of vehicles and the drivers ferrying learners to schools. This includes vehicles that are contracted by government and those that have been privately arranged by learners and parents.

The BCM operation started on Monday 02 February 2015 and will continue until all scholar transport operators obey the rules of the programme.
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EC Transport invites suitable individuals for Scholar Transport Tender

As part its concerted effort to provide transport for pupils in the province, The Eastern Cape Department of Transport hereby invites Bids from suitably experienced individual local public transport operators to provide transport for approved learners to and from schools in the province.

The contract will be from 13 April 2015 to the last school day of the 1st term of the 2016 academic year. The Department may extend the contract by a further period of up to 12 months. It involves the provision of transport using buses, midi buses, medium buses and minibuses for carrying approved learners to and from approximately 650 - 660 schools on a daily basis throughout the Province.  The Department would like to enter into contracts with individual, licensed public transport operators, to render the required learner transport services. Read More
EC Transport offers 20 Bursaries for 2015 Academic Year

In a bid to empower the youth and to transform the transport sector, the Eastern Cape Department of Transport is offering 20 bursaries to the  suitable candidates to  pursue transport related studies in various Universities in  the country.

 This move seeks to address the challenge of lack of scarce skills in the transport sector such as transport planning, civil engineering and other scarce disciplines, in order to accelerate service delivery. Read More



 

Response to the Daily Dispatch letter to the Editor

I am writing in response to the misleading Daily Dispatch letter to the Editor of Monday 26 January 2015 by Marshall von Buchenroder, DA MPL and Shadow MEC for Transport titled: “Unfair to kids.”

The views expressed in that letter are bordering on political opportunism and influenced by ignorance of facts, because we have always been open about our challenges whenever we presented the progress report on Scholar Transport in the Eastern Cape Legislature Portfolio Committee on Transport, which MPL Von Buchenroder is part of. Read More
​EC Department of Transport records 99.9% Scholar Transport Service

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport has recorded 99.9% service in the Scholar Transport Programme across the Province this morning.
This can be attributed to the extra-ordinary commitment by the departmental officials and the cooperation of the public transport industry over the last few days in an effort to ensure that the in-sourcing of the programme takes off smoothly in the new academic year. Read More
EC Transport to convene PRE sittings

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport Provincial Regulatory Entity (PRE) will once again embark on its accelerated programme in a bid to resolve the existing operating licenses’ application backlog.

The urgent adjudication of these applications will enable public transport operators to participate in the scholar transport programme. Read More
Transport vehicles come under scrutiny

As thousands of Eastern Cape pupils returned to school yesterday, the provincial Transport Department revealed that officials had already inspected 1 532 school transport vehicles.

Department spokesman Ncedo Kumbaca said the aim was to ensure the transport programme for pupils went off without any glitches. Read More


 

EC Transport exceeds number for scholar transport inspections

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport has exceeded its target for the inspection of vehicles that will participate in the Scholar Transport Programme.

A total of 1532 vehicles were inspected across the province between Monday and Tuesday this week and only a few were disqualified.
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​Scholar Transport Progress

The Scholar Transport Programme is a government subsidy for each learner who lives 5 kilometers or more away from the nearest schooling facility. It gives effect to the provisions of the Constitution that provide for the right of a child to have access to education.

The new Scholar Transport model seeks to address the plight of the scholar transport programme in some areas of the Province in line with our vision of providing “an efficient, safe, sustainable, affordable and accessible transport system”. Read More

​MEC Tikana to hand-over bursaries

As part of her contribution to the Provincial 2015 Back to School Campaign, Eastern Cape Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison MEC Weziwe Tikana will hand-over bursaries to schools in the Chris Hani District starting at Kwa-Mhlontlo Senior Secondary School, Lady Frere tomorrow @ 07h00.

These bursaries will be given to the 5 best performing learners to each of the schools that the MEC will be visiting which also include, Cala High, Emachibini SSS and Nonkqubela SSS Read More


Scholar Transport Crackdown

With thousands of pupils in the Eastern Cape expected to report for the first day of school tomorrow, hundreds of scholar transport vehicles were yesterday subjected to inspection.

Several inspection sites were set up in several towns across the province including Maluti, Mount Ayliff, Mount Frere, Mbizana, East London, Dutywa, Elliotdale, Mthatha, Lusikisiki, Queenstown, Cradock, Maclear, Mount Fletcher, Aliwal North, Sterkspruit and Ngcobo.  Read More

MEC Tikana to inspect Scholar Transport Vehicles

As part of the preparations for the re-opening of schools, the Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana, will lead the inspection of scholar transport vehicles at the Department of Transport Head Office in Schornville, King Williams Town today at 09am. Read More

EC Transport to host Scholar Transport Dialogue

As part of preparations for the re-opening of schools for the 2015 academic year, the Eastern Cape Department of Transport will host a Scholar Transport Dialogue at the Orient Theatre, East London on 15 January 2015 at 10am.  Read More
High Court gives ECDOT permission to cut the middle person for Scholar Transport

The Bhisho High Court has granted the Eastern Cape Department of Transport permission to continue with its plans to contract directly with individual public transport operators for the Scholar Transport Programme earlier today.  Read More

Traffic cops get tough on strays

Traffic officials in Mthatha have continued with their crackdown on livestock found wandering along provincial and national roads, warning owners they could face criminal charges.

About 266 stray animals, including cattle and goats, have been impounded since December 23 along the busy N2 and R61 routes that cut through the heart of Mthatha.  Read More
Road death toll up despite fewer crashes

While the number of road accidents in the Eastern Cape showed a marked decrease during the festive season, the number of road deaths creased. This was revealed by provincial Transport Department spokesman Ncedo Kumbaca, who attributed the drop in accidents to action by his department.
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Minister Dipuo Peters to release official 2014/15 Festive season Road crash and Fatalities statistics

Cape Town: Transport Minister, Honourable Dipuo Peters will announce the 2014/15 preliminary festive season road crash and fatality statistics during a media briefing to be held in Cape Town.

The Minister, deeply concerned with the number of crashes and fatalities on the roads, has called on every single road user, motorist, passenger and pedestrian alike travelling from their various holiday destinations back to the cities and vice versa, to use the roads responsibly at all times in order to save lives. Read More
​Minister urges Motorists to use the Country's roads responsibly

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters urged motorists on Monday (05/01/15) to ensure they use the country’s roads responsibly and save lives.

“Of serious concern are the drivers who are fatigued, who drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs, undocumented drivers as well as un-roadworthy vehicles,” the department said in a statement. Read More
KSD looks to change airport, street names

The Mthatha airport could soon be renamed in honour of the late former president Nelson Mandela.

The King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) municipality has formed a committee to look into renaming roads, municipal buildings and
other places including the airport, currently known as KD Matanzima Airport.
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1183 Tenders received for Scholar Transport Bid

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport has received 1183 tenders for the Scholar Transport bid, when it was closed on 31 December 2014. 
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Law Enforcement Agencies make Eastern Cape Proud

The Eastern Cape law enforcement agencies have once more made the Province proud through their sterling performance of their duties during the 2014/15 Festive Season Arrive Alive Campaign.

This is according to the MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, MPL Weziwe Tikana, following the successful Arrive Alive Campaign, which intensified the implementation of the Road Safety Year Programme that started in October 2014 and will be reviewed in October 2015. Read More
MEC Tikana salutes EC & WC Traffic Officers for a successful operation

Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana, has commended the collaboration by provincial traffic officers and their Western Cape Province counterparts during a cross-border roadblock held between Aberdeen and Beaufort West from 7am yesterday until 7am today.

The purpose of the roadblock was to monitor the movement of motorists, who were going back to work after the festive season holidays. Read More

New Scholar Transport system ready

The Eastern Cape department of transport yesterday said plans for a new scholar transport system have been concluded, with operations set to start when schools reopen next month.

The announcement comes just a few weeks after the department refused to renew its contract with the Eastern Cape Bus Council following complaints of poor service. Read More

New rail link gets R900M Funding

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has allocated about R900-million for the Motherwell rail line over the next three financial years, Eastern Cape Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana said yesterday.


The first phase of the R1.1-billion project will involve a new 7.8km railway line – with three new stations – connecting Motherwell with the existing passenger line at Swartkops. The line runs between Port Elizabeth’s main station and Johannesburg. Read More
Festive season law enforcement campaign on track

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport law enforcement campaign for the 2014/15 Festive Season Arrive Alive is well underway and has yielded positive outcomes thus far.

Since 01 December 2014, a total of 32385 vehicles have been stopped and checked with 3527 notices issued, 60 discontinued vehicles and 841 Public Transportation Notices issued. Read More

EC Transport extends closing date for scholar transport bids

The Eastern Cape Department of Transport has extended the today’s closing date for the scholar transport bids to 31 December 2014 at 10am.

Bidders can make submissions at the departmental district offices or the Head Office in King Williams Town. For further enquiries, interested operators can call our customer care centre toll free number 0800 644 644. Read More

​MEC Tikana to Hand-Over Reflective Belts

As part of its Stray Animal and Road Safety Awareness Campaign, The Eastern Cape Department of Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana will hand-over Stray Animal Reflective Belts at Ngcobo Local Municipality on 12 December 2014 @ 10h00

This project was launched at Engcobo as a pilot during Arrive Alive in 2009/2010 by the then National Minister of Roads and Transport: Sbu Ndebele. Read More

Brave Provincial Traffic Officer honoured

In a bid to honour a brave provincial traffic officer, Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana handed over a certificate of bravery to Mziwamadoda Kupiso during the launch of 2014/15 Festive Season Arrive Alive Campaign in Aliwal North of 08 December 2015.

MEC praised Kupiso for his bravery and urged all law enforcement officers to take pride in their work and apprehend those who break the law. Officer Kupiso was involved in a fatal shoot-out with an unknown assailant at Seyisi Street, Kwazakhele in Port Elizabeth on the evening of 14 November 2014. Read More

​EC Transport celebrates disability month

In celebration of Disability Awareness Month, the Department of Transport, Amathole District hosted an award ceremony for learners who have passed Phase 1 of the Road Safety Learner Driver Education Project at Vukuhambe Special School in NU 9 in Mdantsane on 28 November 2014.

About 20 grade 10 and 11 leaners from Vukuhambe Special School are currently participating in the project which has three phases i.e. Road Safety Education, Learner’s License Training and Test as well as Driving lessons and Driver’s License Test. Read More

​SAA unveils cost-cutting system

South African Airways has unveiled an innovative navigation approach system which it says will save airlines millions of rands.

The new automated system will be used to guide aircraft as they approach the airport's landing strip. Read More

​E Cape to toughen stance against illegal driving

The Department of Transport in the Eastern Cape has vowed to take strong action against motorists who find themselves on the wrong side of the law.  The department is on Monday launching the Arrive Alive campaign. Read More

​Flights from Mthatha to Durban and Cape Town in the near future

Eastern Cape Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana says her department is looking at introducing new routes between Mthatha and Cape Town and Durban “in the near future”.

Replying to the debate on the department’s Annual Report in the Bhisho Legislature, Tikana said “a number of airlines” were interested in flying to Mthatha.                  Read More

MEC Tikana commemorates World Aids Day

As part of the World AIDS Day Commemorations, the Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana took to the streets yesterday visiting different taxi ranks in King William’s Town to educate commuters about HIV/AIDS.

The MEC was joined by the new Head of Department (HOD), for the Department of Transport, Ms Irene Mpolweni in a bid to commemorate the World AIDS Day while educating the passengers about the pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.  Read More

  

Provincial Transport Month Launched 

In terms of road fatalities, Eastern Cape according to MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison Weziwe Tikana, remains the second deadliest province in the country. 
Addressing road safety stakeholders during the launch of the Provincial Transport Month Campaign and Road Safety Year Campaign, MEC Tikana pledged to transform Eastern Cape from being one of the deadliest into the safest province in terms of road accidents. Read More

 

55 Buses for Rural Transport Services

 Eastern Cape Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana has launched the third phase of the Africa's Best 350 Limited buses roll-out project, that will see 55 buses distributed by the end of February next year.

Tikana said the third phase had been part of the plan since 2007 but it had only been able to implement it now, adding that the budget for the phase was R20.8 million.
She said implementation would start with 10 buses for Ngcobo after which nine buses would be distributed each month until the target was reached. Read More

MEC Tikana Launch Walking Bus Project & Service Delivery Charter

As part of the 2014 October Transport Month Campaign the Eastern Cape Department of Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana will launch the Walking Bus Project and the Department’s Service Delivery Charter on 31 October 2014.

MEC Tikana will first launch the Walking Bus Project which is a first of its kind road safety project in the country at Dudumeni Junior Secondary School, Mbizana at 6h55.  Read More

New Trains in Eastern Cape to relieve road congestion

In a bid to deal with traffic congestion on the roads and to revive the use of rail services, the Transport Department in partnership with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has launched a new passenger train line in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.

The launch is part of a national pilot exercise to improve rail infrastructure and usage.  The rail improvement project will see R172 billion invested over the next 20 years Read More

​​Eastern Cape on drive to transform Aviation industry

A total of eight young people from disadvantaged backgrounds across the Eastern Cape are set to start training in Aeronautical Information Management and Air Traffic Control.

The initiative is part of the Eastern Cape Transport Department’s efforts to beef up its aviation operations. Read More

​MEC Tikana ensure the smooth transition of Scholar Transport Programme

As part of ensuring a smooth transition of scholar transport programme to a new model, MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison, Weziwe Tikana will conduct a stakeholder engagement session today at Good News Centre, King William's Town at 10h00.

This comes amid MEC Tikana's announcement earlier this month that the province would no longer use the services of cooperatives or third parties to transport pupils in the province. "We've come up with a new model and currently we are busy finalising what needs to be done", said MEC Tikana Read More

 

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