THE ROLE OF AFFORDABLE TECHNOLOGY IN THE FUTURE PROJECTION OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN ROAD NETWORK

A well-developed surface commerce orientated or commercial rural road network of more than 57 000 km exists in South Africa. This network is complemented by more than 150 000 km unpaved roads and "unofficial tracks" and dirt road estimated at about 220 000 km. The investment in the commercial road network, totalling many billions of rand, has contributed greatly to the economic wellbeing of the country. Nevertheless, from an analysis of the factors which will influence investment in transportation during the 1990's, it has become clear that increased pressure can be expected to deplete these funds. In order to counter these threats a pro-active approach to positively influence relevant political/social and technical aspects is required. Most of the foundations for such an approach already exist. As a priority, political forces should be mobilised to ensure an acceptable level of funding for the road and transportation sectors. In addition, a well organised and managed Transportation Technology Improvement Programme (TTIP) is required to ensure the availability of suitable technology to protect the road network and to accommodate changing demands in its use. A masterplan clearly defining technology needs and priorities in roads and transportation, including capacity building through the training in appropriate technology, will greatly assist in maintaining the integrity of the commercial road network and the addressing of the road needs in the developing areas. (A) For the covering abstract of the conference see IRRD 873950.

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  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: VII30-VII44

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  • Accession Number: 00714429
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 27 1995 12:00AM