7. OBSERVATIONS In its Strategic Planning Workshop, the Committee raised what it had observed through its study tours and oversight visits: 1. The non-alignment of some core functions of the Department under other Provincials Departments such as roads, which falls under the Public Works Department in the Eastern Cape and maritime which falls under the Department of Economic Development in KwaZulu-Natal. This situation is creating challenges with regard to the oversight functions of the Committee, as well as with the alignment of programmes and models with the Department of Transport. 2. The uneven levels of performance between the Department of Transport and its entities in instances where the entities were outperforming the Department. This created a situation where the Department was following rather than leading. The Committee also observed that the support system of the Department was not matching the needs of the entities. 3. The allocation of financial resources does not meet the needs of the Department, such as the Rural Transport Plan which was approved by Cabinet, but not funded by National Treasury, thus creating challenges of inadequate transport for rural communities. 4. The Committee observed a lack of a uniform approach in addressing pothole repairs and road maintenance, including the relationship of S'hamba Sonke to poverty reduction and job creation, as well as the improvement of access roads to schools, clinics, hospitals, police stations and places of worship. 5. The Committee further noted the lack of a transport subsidy that targets commuters, as opposed to service providers, as the current subsidy does not cover all transport modes, therefore having no impact on making all modes of transport accessible to the poor. 6. The Department focused more on policy formulation and less on coordination and the development of an integrated transport master plan, as well as the transport development model. 7. The Committee was concerned about the inability of low-fare airlines to sustain themselves in South Africa. 8. The Committee noted that some transport modes were not accessible to people with disabilities. 9. The Committee noted that a lack of proper intercom systems and electronic signage at train stations were causing frustration and anger for commuters. 10. The Committee noted the lack of pedestrian bridges to schools, as highlighted by the Department, and the lack of a uniform approach to road maintenance. The Committee reiterated that quality control and an accreditation system for road repairs should form the basis for road maintenance. 11. The Committee noted the lack of information on Shova Kalula and queried the Department's decision to have the manufacturing sites in urban areas while the project was targeted at rural areas. 12. The Department declared 2013 the Year for Maritime, but the Committee expressed its dismay that this was only communicated to it in April 2013. 13. Policy formulation in the Department took too long. The maritime and scholar transport policies have not been finalised after 5 years. 14. The Committee remained concerned that some provinces were not using S'hamba Sonke funding for its intended purpose. 15. The Committee noted that each transport entity contracted consultants to formulate its own cooperative development plans. The Committee will explore ways to align these plans while the Department identifies a niche market within industry for cooperative development, prioritising those aimed at reducing poverty and creating employment with the aim of the exiting of poor families off social development grant and indigent registers.