Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi says he will ensure that billions of rand in infrastructure spend are used for the purposes of empowerment. Addressing journalists in Pretoria about his recent appointment, Maswanganyi described himself as a "successor in title". He said he had not entered the department at the start of a new administration but would enter in the middle of policy developments and projects. Even then, President Jacob Zuma was still expecting government departments to pursue broader strategic plans, he said. This included mega-projects such as the ongoing R4.5bn Moloto road upgrades, and a stabilisation of various entities. "In rolling out infrastructure we want to ensure the formal sectors that didn’t benefit before, benefit," said Maswanganyi. The department is about to embark on wide consultation in the sector on all issues, including on the future of electronic road tolls, said Maswanganyi. "We are not going to close our ears on this issue." Maswanganyi previousl...

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