South Africa Transport

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How would you rate the current state of the rail infrastructure in South Africa?

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Talk to a South African about the country’s transport infrastructure and you are likely to elicit complaints and hand-wringing over road delays, ageing railway cars, congested ports and rising fees at the airports. If something is not done about it soon, the popular sentiment goes, competition from other nations in Africa could cost the country...

Hosting the 2010 World Cup proved that building infrastructure quickly and efficiently is something South Africa can do. Airports got most of the attention in the run-up to the event, and now it is time for railways and ports to receive similar treatment, albeit without the deadline pressure. Transnet, the parastatal in charge of rail and ports, is...

Chapter | Transport from The Report: South Africa 2012

While South Africa’s infrastructure has held a comparative advantage over its neighbours, upgrades have become necessary for most categories of public infrastructure to maintain that edge. The country’s airports are routinely praised as the best in Africa, and there is no shortage of capacity after a recent round of upgrades in advance of the 2010 World Cup. South Africa has 747,000 km of roads...

South Africa lies on the southern tip of Africa, occupying 1.22m sq km with some 2800 km of coastline along the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. The so-called “Rainbow Nation” has a population of around 50.5m and is a melting pot of ethnicities, cultures and languages that reflect its rich and tumultuous history.

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