This essay examines the role of transport in creating socio-economic growth and development opportunities to improve the quality of life South Africans live. It explores the nature of transport in society in general as a background to what should be expected locally, and then inspects the national setting with regards to policies, user requirements and technologies that have been implemented to satisfy these requirements. It then makes suggestions as to how transport itself can be developed to have a more effective influence on socio-economic growth and development, with the focus on refining current strategies and implementations, expanding research, and the possibility of procuring funding from both the private and public sector.
Paper presented at the 35th Annual Southern African Transport Conference 4-7 July 2016 "Transport ? a catalyst for socio-economic
growth and development opportunities to improve quality of life", CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa.