Transport minister Jeff Radebe said his department would need to undergo some drastic changes to meet the challenges posed by a developing country.

Transport minister Jeff Radebe said his department would need to undergo some drastic changes to meet the challenges posed by a developing country.

Speaking on Monday, Radebe said South Africa’s capacity to deal with in increasing trade environment was falling swiftly behind. Radebe identified problems relating to the inefficient rail, road freight and port systems leading to bottlenecks that negatively affected foreign investment in the country.

The department also has a dire shortage of senior personnel, about which Radebe said “this department needs to be overhauled and its administrative sections reorganised to meet the challenges of a developing economy”, according to a report.

About the overhaul, Radebe said an organogram had been finalised and would be tabled to the parliamentary committees as soon as possible.

A thorough review of the causes and consequences of the bottlenecks was already in place and Radebe was confident that a comprehensive plan to streamline the transport department would be in place by November.