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An efficient transport system is important for the growth and sustained development of a modern city. Unfortunately, Cape Town does not have such a system.
The Chamber supports local area and sector development by providing the following:
1. Enterprise development - increasing awareness of opportunities for learning, development and links to expertise.
2. Networking events - enabling members to connect with new customers, suppliers, experts and decision-makers.
3. Support sector associations to strengthen their cluster facilitation capabilities.
4. Strengthening of dialogue with the public sector - towards more effective public investment, smarter service delivery, procurement efficacy and to stop doing what the private sector can do with greater efficacy.
The Transport Portfolio Committee of the Cape Chamber aims to collaborate with government and local authorities to develop an efficient integrated transport system for the Western Cape.
To do this, it needs to provide reliable input into development plans and strategies and work with businesses and organisations to improve the present transport system. In addition, it will champion proposed improvements and engage relevant local authorities responsible for implementation.
Recently, the traffic congestion on the corner of Koeberg and Royal Roads, Maitland was identified as a major bottleneck caused by container trucks coming off the Koeberg Interchange and needing to turn left into the minor road (Royal Road). Traffic backed up on the Koeberg off-ramp. Following representations to the City by the Chamber, an extra turning lane was built enabling the trucks to turn easier and relieving the congestion. This is an example of the kind of intervention that can make a material difference to Chamber members and the society at large.
The Chamber needs member businesses, organisations and individuals to input information into the Portfolio Committee. By becoming members of the Committee, you can help improve the transport system for the development of the Western Cape economy.
The Cape Chamber initiated the Port Liaison Forum (PLF) more than 20 years ago. While functioning as part of the Chamber it operates independently and its members are businesses, organisations and individuals who have business dealings with the Port of Cape Town.
The aim of the PLF is to improve the overall efficiency of the Port to enhance the economic development of the Western Cape. Issues addressed include shipping congestion and delays, the need for a truck staging area to relieve landside congestion and the need to allow the legal transportation of international high-cube containers.
The PLF is open to all persons who have an interest in doing business in the Port.
We welcome you to engage with us to improve the Transport sector.