'Transport on track for Confed Cup'

Transport Minister S'bu Ndebele is confident that South Africa's public transport system will be ready for Fifa's Confederations Cup, which kicks off in two weeks.

Matches will be played in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Bloemfontein and Rustenburg.

"These preparations include the infrastructural development at airports, roads, the rail sector as well as road traffic management, reduction in road crashes and other transport priorities," he said.

Ndebele said he had been briefed on the Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) systems planned for Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

He said he had met political leaders and the teams implementing the systems to discuss the government's undertaking to consult further with the taxi industry.

He said discussions would take place with the South African National Taxi Council and other stakeholders.

"The department has also been tasked to ensure faster progress in the implementation of the rural transport strategy as well as the expanded public works programme, rural access roads, the public transport strategy, the acceleration of the 2010 transport plan as well as the transport infrastructure programme," Ndebele said.