The Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (C-BRTA) will be hosting a seminar on the Linking Africa Plan (LAP) to engage and solicit inputs from domestic stakeholders with an interest in cross-border road transport. The C-BRTA will also provide feedback on the development and progress of the LAP.
This seminar is a follow-up to the OR Tambo International Road Transport Indaba held in 2017, which focused on bringing together key industry players with a focus on unlocking Africa’s industrial potential through linking the African continent by means of integrating trade and transport to position the continent as a meaningful trading player in the global economic arena.
The Linking Africa Plan is an initiative by the C-BRTA to enhance the performance of the regional transport system, thus enhancing intra-Africa trade and industrialization in the continent.
The details of the Seminar are as follows:
Date: 28 February 2019
Venue: The Capital Hotel, Menlyn Maine, Pretoria
For more information, please contact Mmenyane Seoposengwe on 072 783 3783 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Editors’ Notes (Facts about the Cross-Border Road Transport Agency)
- The Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (C-BRTA) is a statutory body, situated in Menlyn, Pretoria. The mandate of the C-BRTA is set out in terms of the Cross-Border Road Transport Act 4, of 1998, as amended (the Act). It operates in a commercial environment, with Government (represented by the Minister of Transport) being the shareholder.
- The Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (C-BRTA) facilitates unimpeded flow of freight and passenger cross-border movements and plays a critical role in the implementation of cross-border road transport agreements and issuing of cross-border operator permits.
- The Agency regulates all passenger and freight Cross-Border Road Transport from South Africa into the Southern African Development Community Region (SADC).
- Cross-Border Road Transport is underpinned by multilateral and bilateral agreements between South Africa and several of its neighbouring countries under the auspices of the Cross- Border Road Transport Agency and the SADC Protocol on Transport, Communications and Meteorology, including the SACU Memorandum of Understanding.
- The SADC Protocol on Transport, Communications, and Meteorology highlights the fact that the transport sector has a regional and global character and as such, seeks to promote integration and co-operation in transport matters between member states.
Core Functional Areas
- Law Enforcement - monitors the carriers through country-wide inspections and ensures that carriers operate within the prescribed legal parameters.
- Facilitation - ensures that consultations and partnerships with other key role players within South Africa and SADC are fostered and maintained.
- Regulation - responsible for licensing the operators through the issuing and facilitation of all cross-border permits.
- Advisory - advises the Minister of Transport and the Department of Transport (DoT) on regional road transport imperatives and challenges. This function also monitors and counteracts any restrictive measures that may be implemented by other states in the SADC region.