Modern, Growing, Successful Province

Budget Vote Speech of the Department of Transport,Safety and Liason delivered by Hnourable MEC Nontobeko Vilakazi on 10 September 2019,Frances Baard District Municipality, Council Chambers

Honourable Speaker and Deputy Speaker
Honourable Members of the Provincial Legislature
Honourable Premier of our Province, Dr Zamani Saul
Honourable Members of the Executive Council
Executive Mayors, Mayors and Speakers
Director General of the Northern Cape
Provincial Commissioner and the Collective SAPS Management
The Head of the Department and Senior Officials
Stakeholders in the Transport and Safety Fraternity
Veterans of our beloved Movement
Religious and Community Leaders
Representatives of Political Parties
Representatives from Labour Unions
Representatives from various Media Houses
Government Officials
Distinguished Guests
Fellow citizens of the Northern Cape
Ladies and Gentlemen

Madam Speaker, as I ascend the podium to deliver the Budget Speech 2019/20 for the Department of Transport, Safety and Liaison, I am humbled. It is an honour I do not take lightly.

Over the past few weeks citizens of our country have moved to highlight the harrowing experience of victims and survivors of rape and abuse in our country. In the background of women whose faces and stories make campaign highlights, we must acknowledge that many of our rural girls and women suffer in silence.

Esmeralda Isaacs was 14 years old, from Morning Glory in Upington. She was brutally murdered last month. Her face and her name did not reach National Campaigns. No bursaries or wings of buildings were named after her. Let us have a moment of silence in her honour and all those young women whose lives were lost and no stories told. Today we are also commemorating World Suicide Prevention Day. May we also take this moment in honour of those whose lives were cut short by anxiety and hurt that was heavier than they could bear.   

Women who suffer violence do not always do it quietly. We have received reports from Correctional Services that 20 out of 148 female inmates are women who have murdered their partners or spouses due to abusive relationships. It is a sad day to see the lengths women are pushed when they break under years of torment.   

This year marks twenty-five years since the historic democratic breakthrough in our Country. Strides have been made to change and improve the safety of our people and in particular women. However, so much more needs to be done to confront structural and systemic inequalities between men and women in our everyday lives.

 As we stand on the shoulders of great giants that have gone before us - giants such as Charlotte Maxeke, Lillian Ngoyi, Frances Baard, Mittah Seperepere, Soliwe Jacobs and many others, we are ready to pick up the baton and charge forward towards the emancipation of women in this country and our province in particular.

We have made great strides in securing gender parity in legislation and, while the private sector is still lagging behind, government and the executive have grown in leaps and bounds towards 50/50 gender representation. As women we are proud to be part of a growing assertion of the woman as a fierce champion of our people, each in her own right. Where once we were nurturers of children and the aspirations of our husbands, we are now, too, caregivers of nations.   

Safety is at the heart of human dignity and, aside from nourishment and shelter, it is the highest need underpinning the human condition. Securing the safety of the public is thus one of the highest duties of this government. We must instil confidence in the justice system and its ability to apprehend and prosecute criminals.  We must work hard to train Police Officers that are skilled, disciplined and ethical in their conduct and who value their work in keeping our communities safe.

Honourable Speaker, the Department is also tasked with the mammoth responsibility to curb the carnage on our roads.  The devastating cost of gruesome crashes leads to the loss of lives, permanently disabled and seriously injured people. Loss of breadwinners as well as incapacitation due to injury, impacts on the socio-economic condition of families. The Department is committed to its zero tolerance approach to lawlessness and optimistic that we will succeed in creating safer conditions on our roads.   

Let us now reflect on our progress made during the last financial year and the Department’s commitments for the coming year.


Honourable Speaker, in terms of the Motor Vehicle License Renewal function, the Department rolled out the remaining 18 South African Post Office (SAPO) sites by September 2018. Only three towns, namely Garies, Hanover and Phillipstown are still using municipalities as they do not have Post Offices.  

We acknowledge initial challenges, however, we continue to facilitate and monitor the service delivery implications of this migration. A steering committee has been established to closely monitor and evaluate performance towards seamless process and ease of access, this move will prove cost effective with the added benefit of an extra day, Saturday, for motorists to renew their licenses.

In order to recover all outstanding municipal debt, the Department is working closely with Provincial Treasury and the Department of Co-operative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (COGHSTA) to ensure that monies previously collected by municipalities, are optimally recovered, so as to increase the revenue collection of the Provincial Government.

Honourable Speaker, we must report that there has been significant improvement in the process of revenue collection. The amount collected for the 2018/19 financial period is Two Hundred and Forty One Million Two Hundred and Ten Thousand Rand (R241 210 000), an increase of Thirty Six Million Three Hundred and Ninety Three Million Rand (R36 393 000) from the 2017/18 financial year.

Honourable Speaker, as part of the Department’s commitment for empowerment and sustainability of SMMEs, the Department has made every effort to pay all invoices within 30 days. As part of the Department’s commitment to women empowerment, we have undertaken to award a minimum of 20% procurement opportunities to women in the Northern Cape.

The Department has however, attained 42% of the award to women, during the 2018/19 financial period. This achievement is indicative of the measures our government is putting in place towards real women-centred economic empowerment.

In our bid towards a modern, growing and successful province with competent and capable public servants, we have granted 18 internal bursaries, with an additional 2 external bursaries to promote opportunities for youth in the transport sector. The contribution of skills development to a developmental state is invaluable.   

Officials in the Gender Focal Point and Diversity Management Unit are actively involved in a range of activities, forums and events to address issues of equality and discrimination, as well  as issues relating to the alleviation of poverty.

Our greatest asset is our staff. We firmly believe that a healthy employee is happy, innovative and productive. We take special effort to ensure that we provide for the physical, emotional, mental and financial health of employees.

COMMITMENTS 2019/20 - R84 092 000

Honourable Speaker, during the first quarter of the 2019/20 financial period, the Department compiled its own schedule of municipal visits, and entered into repayment arrangements with each owing municipality in terms of the Motor Vehicle License Renewal Function.

Towards the realization of an effective and efficient organization, internal consultation with staff regarding the organizational structure is at an advanced stage.  Upon completion of the internal processes it will be referred to the Minister of Public Service and Administration for concurrence.

As we build on the achievements of 2018/19 in developing our human capital, the Department has already awarded 1 external and 15 internal bursaries in a sustained quest towards the realization of a capable and developmental state. We are looking forward to support the quest of the Northern Cape Provincial Government to streamline our provincial bursary fund.  


On the 25 July 2019, I joined a number of community members on a silent march to the Witdam Police Station in Galeshewe.  My heart gave a sickening turn as I listened to the heart wrenching stories of mothers, brothers, sisters and family members of those who were killed, have gone missing and whose cases seem to have gone cold. We have requested regular feedback on progress on these cases, a matter receiving high priority from the Police.

Honourable Speaker, the Executive Council approved the Provincial Crime Prevention Strategy (PCPS) 2030 on 25 April 2018. The Strategy wishes to support a coordinated approach to addressing the root causes of crime and social disorder. To protect those most in need, we need to address the high prevalence of violence, particularly towards women, children and the youth.

The Provincial Crime Prevention Strategy focuses on programmes including community safety partnerships, anti-substance abuse, prevention of violence against vulnerable groups, prevention of fraud and corruption and an improved criminal justice system. Provincial Government is coordinating the effective implementation of these programmes through different structures, like the Provincial Substance Abuse Forum, Provincial Development Committee and Provincial Joints.

The Northern Cape School Safety Implementation Protocol was approved by the Executive Council and launched on 26 October 2018 at Gaogake Primary School in Batlharos.  In that year, 557 schools were linked to police stations in the province, while 22 Schools were identified as priority schools for focused programmes pertaining to bullying, drugs and gangsterism.

The Department implemented social crime prevention programmes to stop violence against children, youth and women, as well as substance abuse awareness programmes, reaching a total of 15 625 beneficiaries, including the elderly and persons with disability.    

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) people are facing harsh discrimination and are at the receiving end of much violence and hate. As the Northern Cape Provincial Government we all have a responsibility to root out harmful stigmatisation, patriarchy and gender norms that promote hate speech or hate crimes against women or gender diverse members of society, including the detestable practice of ‘corrective rape’. Programmes for people from the LGBTQI community have been built around our involvement in the Provincial Gender Justice Forum lead by the Department of Justice.

Under the unit, we run several campaigns to address issues emanating from the Provincial Crime Prevention Strategy. Targeted Campaigns include Awareness on Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse. These projects are implemented with the support of the South African Police Service, Community Police Forums, Women Against Crime, Youth Against Crime, the Department of Social Development and the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigations (DPCI).
Eight (8) community satisfaction surveys were conducted at different communities in the Northern Cape Province. Surveys measure perceptions of the occurrence of crime, the sense of safety experienced by communities, as well as the effectiveness of policing services.

Honourable speaker, ladies and gentleman the outcome of the survey indicated the following:

  • Our communities are not happy with response times by the police in addressing complaints;
  • Drug abuse and smuggling;
  • Insufficient street lighting;
  • Illegal liquor outlets and
  • Broken working relationships between communities and the Police.

Honourable Speaker, towards addressing some of these challenges, the SAPS Provincial Office, in collaboration with the CPF Board, is in the process of capacitating and expanding Youth Against Crime (YAC) and Women Against Crime (WAC) structures to strengthen police forums at all local levels.

Community Police Forums have to be strengthened in substantive ways. We will not be able to make a real dent in criminal activities infesting our neighbourhoods, without the help and active partnership of communities where these criminal activities take place.

Our report from SAPS reflects that 70 of the 91 police stations in the Province have functional Victim Friendly Facilities. The 21 Stations that do not have, cite a lack of office space as reason.
These police stations, however, are awaiting the delivery of park homes to utilize for this purpose. As these units are not always used optimally, the Department regularly assess their functionality with recommendations to ensure the full service is accessible and functional to victims of crime.

Honourable Speaker, a total of 168 EPWP Participants were appointed during the 2018/19 financial year and placed at 45 police stations to assist with Social Crime Prevention programmes.

COMMITMENTS 2019/20 - R27 668 000

The budget will assist the Programme in achieving its goals of creating a safe and secure environment in the Northern Cape.

We must acknowledge the relationship between poverty, inequality, unemployment and crime, and its impact on safety outcomes. According to the White Paper on Safety and Security (2016), there is substantial evidence that those who live in poverty are more vulnerable to be either perpetrators or victims of crime.

Our programmes going forward will include:

  • dialogues on alcohol abuse as a root cause of contact crime;
  • Youth Dialogues on the role of youth in the prevention of crime;
  • a Women’s Manyano on awareness of women abuse and sexual offences;
  • Weekend of Sobriety to encourage communities to drink responsibly and
  • Sport Against Crime as an alternative to substance abuse.  

We shall continue with the assessment of our Victim Friendly Facilities to ensure that the rights of victims are protected, they are treated with dignity and they are not subjected to secondary victimization when reporting crimes.       

We shall continue to conduct School Safety Assessments to ensure the effective implementation of the School Safety Implementation Protocol in order to create conducive learning environments where our children can learn and thrive in safety.

The Department will conduct a joint research project with the National Secretariat for Police, to research the effectiveness of Basic Policing Training programs towards professionalizing the Police. As our sentinels of protection, we need to instill in our members high expectations of themselves and a realization of their value and importance in securing peace and stability in our country.

The Department will, during this financial year, assess sixty (60) Community Police Forums and ten (10) Community Safety Forums to determine their functionality. For those CPFs and CSFs that are deemed dysfunctional, an implementation plan will be developed to improve functionality.

On 26 August 2019 the South African Police Service launched the landmark Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to Respect, Protect and Promote the Rights of LGBTQI Persons. It will assist SAPS members, especially those delivering frontline services, to ensure that LGBTQI persons are not discriminated against and are treated with dignity and respect, as well as to prevent secondary victimisation at all police stations and by all police personnel.  

To further strengthen partnerships between government and communities, we will be launching the Northern Cape Community Policing Strategy on the 21st September 2019 in De Aar. A total of eighty-three (83) EPWP Participants were appointed during this financial year to assist with social crime prevention programmes at identified Police Stations in the Province.


In the Northern Cape, according to the National Household Travel Survey (June 2014), more workers walk up to 5 minutes to their first public transport, followed by those who walk between 6 to 10 minutes.

The majority of these come from the Pixley ka Seme and John Taolo Gaetsewe districts. Taxis are more often used than busses as public transport. Higher taxi usage is reported for Frances Baard, John Taolo Gaetsewe and ZF Mgcawu.

This, then, informs and shapes our response to the need for safe, reliable and affordable public transport services. We are conscious of the critical role that transport plays in enabling economic activity. Beyond focusing on regulating the industry, we have a responsibility to enable a stable and peaceful taxi industry that thrives, create jobs and plays a meaningful role in the realization of a growing provincial economy.   

Due to the vast geographical area of our province and its essentially rural nature, large numbers of our population are reliant on informal transportation arrangements, like hitch-hiking. This situation is not only potentially dangerous but is indicative of a transport economy that is far from achieving its basic goals. 

Honourable Speaker, the Provincial Transport Forum was launched in November 2018. The Department will now prioritise the finalization of the Provincial Land Transport Framework (PLTF).

During the last financial year Integrated Transport Plans (ITP) were developed for six (6) municipalities, namely Siyancuma, Siyathemba, Emthanjeni, Karoo Hoogland, Hantam and Thembelihle. Finalized Integrated Transport Plans will form part of the municipal Integrated Development Plans (IDP) as a transport sector plan, which will guide transport related projects and allow them to access funding.   

As mentioned, our Province is predominantly rural with high rates of unemployment and people in remote areas who find it difficult to travel to regional and provincial administrative seats.  A non-motorized transport strategy was compiled to identify and promote the use of non-motorized transportation as a measure to promote access and extend the reach of all government services to our people.

As a pilot project in the decentralization of the licensing function, we deployed two fully equipped mobile operating licensing vehicles to JTG and ZFM. The vehicle that is stationed in ZFM is serving that area as well as Namakwa. The one stationed in Mothibistad is serving the entire JTG District. The Kimberley Office will continue to service the Frances Baard and Pixley Ka Seme Districts.

Honourable Speaker, as a result of a Moratorium on the issuing of new operating licenses (2016/2017), a backlog was created that had to be managed. We have since progressed and can confirm that the total number of registered vehicles with operating Licenses on the system is    4 793. As a result, the Provincial Regulating Entity (PRE) can now implement major changes underpinned by control measures to eradicate the illicit issuance of operating licenses, as well as clear operational systems.

Honourable Speaker, we have 4 main projects to promote the development and expansion of our transport networks as well as to promote economic growth and much needed jobs. For the Boegoebaai Harbour, a bankable Business Case is to be submitted to National Treasury for approval.

Boegoebaai Harbour development is in the process of being registered with Operation Phakisa to expedite project completion. It is envisaged that the first ship can load off during August 2024. On the De Aar Warehouse project, a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is to be distributed. Active oversight was done over the Douglas/Belmont Branch Line and Upington Cargo Hub to ensure that progress will be made and monitored.

COMMITMENTS 2019/20 - R97 147 000

The Programme plays an integral part in enabling effective, efficient and safe transport systems in the Province.

When we commit to the development of our taxi industry, we also need to be responsive to any form of violence and its resultant causes. As a firm point of departure, we have reworked and circulated a draft Anti-Taxi Violence Plan for input from relevant stakeholders. Following a consultation period the final document will be submitted by the end of the third quarter for implementation by the South African Police Services.

Honourable Speaker, Seven (7) Planning Authorities, namely Ubuntu, Gamagara, Joe Morolong, Gasegonyana, Pixley ka Seme, Sol Plaatje and Richtersveld will be assisted to develop their Integrated Transport Plans for the financial year 2019/20. In order to promote continued support and our commitment to a developmental state, this service is not outsourced but rendered by our capable staff - a service that transfers valuable skills to municipalities.

We currently subsidize 6 bus operators in 3 regions, namely Frances Baard, JTG and Namakwa. To respond to public transport needs in a local community characterized by the growth in sustainable energy plants, Public Transport Services is being expanded to the Renosterberg Local Municipality.

Honourable Speaker, the Department will be distributing 1 500 bicycles over the next 3 years as part of the National Shova Kalula Bicycle Project. This programme aims to provide much needed mode of transport to learners who are too close to qualify for Learner Transport and too far to walk with ease.  Upon rolling out the programme, we also realize that this programme needs revision to include measures to support the maintenance of bicycles, a matter that is receiving attention at a National level.

During our annual Transport Month in October 2019, we have a range of activities planned, including a Maritime Transport Awareness programme for Grade 10 and 11’s, our Women in Transport Awards, and a Car Free Day where everyone must use Public Transport.


To improve efficiency, the Public Transport Inspectorate has been relocated from Transport Operations to Transport Regulations and will operate from the Provincial Office.  

Approval for a Driver License Testing Centre in Galeshewe was received in the year under review. The Information Technology Unit for the installation of ENATIS equipment has realized, while the installation of the Live Enrolment Unit (LEU) is still to be done by Driver Licence Card Account, an agency of the Department of Transport.

Fraud, corruption and non-compliance remain critical issues that must be addressed at our Vehicle Testing Stations (VTS) and Driver License Testing Centres (DLTC). We need to understand that irregular activities with regards to the issuance of vehicle and driver’s licenses undermine the integrity of the vehicle and the driver respectively. Flooding our roads with un-roadworthy vehicles and incapable drivers is life threatening. The Provincial Monitoring Unit and the NATIS Help Desk assisted these processes by conducting 61 compliance inspections during the year.
Our inspections have found a number of transgressions or irregularities and swift action has been taken. The registration of Four (4) Examiners in De Aar and one (1) in Prieska were cancelled after being found guilty at a disciplinary hearing. The Port Nolloth VTS has been cancelled due to non-compliance, and the Kakamas DLTC and the Calvinia VTS were suspended for six months due to non-compliance. We shall not tolerate that anyone undermine road safety for personal gain.    

We realize that the 4 Weighbridges in the Province are in need of upgrading as infrastructure was erected more than 20 years ago. Weighbridges are pivotal in protecting road infrastructure. The Department is currently considering ways to best improve the service and functioning of our weighbridges and further to investigate the possibility of building a new one in the District of JTG, with dedicated capacity on a sustained basis.

The Department intensified Road Safety Education and Awareness programmes during peak periods, including Easter, Transport Month and the festive period. Following each period, we released statistics and trends to keep our communities aware as well as continuously drive our operations going forward.

These collaborative programmes form a deliberate and important part of the Northern Cape Provincial Government’s bid to keep our people safe during periods of high volume road usage.

We conducted 151 road safety awareness interventions and 121 School Safety awareness campaigns. This year, 25 learners attended the National Road Safety Debates and achieved two 1st places, one 2nd position and best trainer in both rural and urban categories respectively.

With an ever-increasing number of vehicles on the road, the ARRIVE ALIVE campaign aims to save lives as it improves safety on our roads. We have a dangerous culture of impunity of reckless and negligent drivers and repeat offenders.

This is why campaigns such as this remain very important in our bid to reduce road fatalities and inform our people, especially youth, to stay safe on our roads.

While we maintain that one death is one too many, there was a reduction in road fatalities from 305 in 2017/18 to 245 in 2018/19.  We registered the lowest number of fatalities in the country.

COMMITMENTS 2019/20 - R100 608 000

Honourable Speaker, Provincial Treasury allocated R 3 Million for a Feasibility Study to be undertaken for a weighbridge in JTG.  A letter of appointment for a Project Officer was submitted to Provincial Treasury including a letter requesting the Registration of the PPP with National Treasury.  The approval from National Treasury has been received. 

Going forward, Transport Regulations will intensify the implementation of the approved National Road Safety Strategy to reduce fatal crashes by 50%, by 2030. We will continue to work with other law enforcement stakeholders for the reduction of fatal accidents and fatalities on our roads.

Vacant and funded posts of Traffic Officers shall be filled when these arise and R2 million will be made available to purchase traffic vehicles to replace and improve the current fleet.

We shall continue with the provision of road safety education and awareness to communities, especially to the youth at Schools, Colleges and the University. We are committed to strengthen our fight against the illegal issuance of vehicle roadworthiness certificates at VTSs, DLTCs and Registering Authorities through vigorous compliance inspections.

We have also seen President Cyril Ramaphosa signing into law the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offenses Bill (AARTO) in August 2019. The Bill counts among interventions to deal a decisive blow to lawlessness on our roads by establishing procedures for the effective and expeditious adjudication on infringements. The Province is geared to receive the roll out schedule, which will be communicated to all the people of the Northern Cape.


Two hundred and eighty four (284) trainees were recruited during the financial year. Of the recruits, 10 Trainees were initially suspended due to medical conditions, with 6 subsequently lifted to join the 2019/20 intake. Two hundred and seventy-four (274) trainees completed their training and reported to the various stations and units.

Our target was a reduction in crime of 2% but there was an increase of 12%. To address this, the police have subsequently instituted:

  • Stop and search operations
  • Additional roadblocks
  • Operations of illicit drugs
  • Increased visibility in areas where there are taverns

As a result of the integration of the criminal justice system, the conviction for serious crimes has improved: 

  • In two (2) murder cases, two (2) suspects were convicted to life sentences;
  • In seven (7) rape cases, sixteen (16) suspects were convicted to life sentences;
  • In four (4) murder cases, twelve (12) suspects were convicted to sentences between 20 and 30 years; and
  • In seven (7) rape cases, eleven (11) suspects were convicted to sentences between 20 and 30 years.

Some of our achievements include:

  • One hundred and forty (140) entry level police trainees were recruited and started their basic training at the Graaff Reinet Training Academy on 4 March 2019.
  • Established three (3) Public Order Policing (POP) Units in John Taolo Gaetsewe, Namakwa and Pixley ka Seme Clusters; and
  • One hundred and seventeen (117) vehicles were purchased to increase police visibility and improve response time in attending to complaints.
  • Generators were installed at twelve (12) Police Stations, namely, Deben, Daniëlskuil, Dingleton (Ikhutseng), Postmasburg, Wrenchville, Colesberg, Sunrise, Petrusville, Nonzwakazi, Vosburg, Calvinia and Kathu as electricity back up and to give the assurance that service delivery is not compromised during load shedding or any electrical power outage.
  • Air conditioners were installed at Bothitong Police Station.

As part of the SAPS’ collaborative and consultative approach to policing, the Province has implemented the Junior Provincial Commissioner Project, with the Junior Provincial Commissioner and Deputies inaugurated on 11 August 2018 in Upington.


  • Seventy-nine (79) vehicles will be purchased to increase visibility and improve police response time in attending to complaints;
  • All categories of serious crimes to be reduced by 3% with more focus on crimes against women and children;
  • Sixty (60) members will be trained on Sexual Offences Basic Course;
  • Fifteen (15) members will be trained on Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS);

To improve infrastructure and promote access, maintenance of facilities for people with disabilities will be done at four (4) Police Stations, namely, Middelpos, Rietfontein, Victoria West, and Vioolsdrift in order to make police facilities easily accessible to the community.
There will also be a repair and upgrade of Norvalspont Police Station and we will purchase park homes as a short-term measure for satellite police stations. The Upington Police Station cells will be demolished and rebuilt in order to improve the living conditions of prisoners.

Concluding Remarks

Honourable Speaker, in conclusion, we need to acknowledge the stellar work done by members of the South African Police Service as well as our Provincial Traffics, who confront danger on a daily basis so that it may not find our families. There is honour and courage to be found when you go out, despite your fears, in tense moments to keep us safe. We have an obligation to ensure that you have access to the resources you need to do your job.

The Department is also noting with concern the recent spate of Xenophobic attacks. Caution needs to be taken not to make any inflammatory statements in the wake of such attacks on both sides. Any form of violence shall be met with the firm arm of the law. Violence born of intolerance and hate, threatens our democracy and our rule of law.

We are committed to finding ways to ensure we develop transport systems in the Province that are safe, affordable and reliable and keep on stimulating economic growth. This is a complex process which requires regulation, monitoring and the mobilization of resource support. As a province we have a long way to go towards the establishment of comprehensive transport systems that reaches the corners of our vast province.

As a Department we are committed to the vision of the Province - the realization of a modern, growing and successful province. I would like to extend my gratitude to the Premier, Executive Council, as well as our Head of Department, the Provincial Commissioner and all our stakeholders for their unwavering support.   

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