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Public Transport News

Intelligent truck axle saves 6% in fuel costs

25th August 2017 Global automotive manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has pioneered the production of a lightweight truck axle, designed to aid in reducing the fuel consumption of the Mercedes-Benz Actros, a heavy-duty truck first introduced to the market in 1995. The axle is now available from Mercedes-Benz.  

No change in Gautrain ownership – Vadi

By: African News Agency      23rd August 2017 Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi on Wednesday slammed an announcement by construction company Murray & Roberts that it would soon acquire a 50% ownership in the Gautrain. Vadi and the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) said Tuesday’s announcement by M&R was premature. 

Project aids community development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 With 70% of the R370-million Cornubia Interchange project complete, construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV and the eThekwini roads provision department say the project is likely to be completed in January next year.  

Project aids  community development
PILING UP Royal HaskoningDHV construction project manager Drew Wilson says the biggest challenge has been piling and the foundation of the structure

Tshwane roads, railway lines blocked and cars pelted in taxi protest

By: News24Wire      16th August 2017 Taxi drivers embarked on illegal protest action in Tshwane on Wednesday morning, blocking several roads and railway lines and pelting passing cars with rocks. Police said several roads in Mabopane, Ga-Rankuwa, Soshanguve as well as the Mabopane highway have been blocked by taxis. 

Tshwane roads, railway lines blocked and cars pelted in taxi protest

Vadi lifts suspension on Soweto taxi routes

By: News24Wire      14th August 2017 The suspension of the Witwatersrand African Taxi Owners Association's (Wata) operating rights in Soweto has been lifted, Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said on Monday. "I intend lifting the extraordinary measures instituted on 13 July that were extended to Wata, which were aimed at normalising... 

Damaged overhead wires delay Johannesburg trains – Metrorail

By: African News Agency      3rd August 2017 Metrorail said on Thursday that commuter train services operating in Johannesburg were experiencing delays of up one hour in the morning following infrastructural challenges. The commuter train operator said Train 0841 had damaged overhead wires at Jeppe Station, which resulted in fibre break... 

Minister lauds court ruling invalidating two PRASA contracts worth millions of rand

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2017 Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi on Wednesday said he “welcomes” the Pretoria High Court judgment ruling two contracts entered into by Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) with Fenton Gastin, its CFO, were invalid. The first contract that was found to be invalid was the one entered... 

Outgoing PRASA board slams transport minister on completion of tenure

By: African News Agency      1st August 2017 Popo Molefe, the outgoing chairperson of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) board which completed its term on Monday, took a parting shot at new Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi for failing to attend requested meetings aimed at tackling corruption and governance anomalies. “The... 

Gibela says first SA-made train to be delivered by the end of 2018

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2017 The Gibela consortium will deliver the first locally built X'Ttrapolis Mega commuter train to State-owned Metrorail operator, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), by the end of 2018, says Gibela CEO Marc Granger. Production of the first car-body shell of the first car of the first... 

Gibela says first SA-made train to be delivered by the end of 2018

Compensation for taxi drivers affected by Joburg's next BRT phase

By: News24Wire      25th July 2017 Compensation will be paid to minibus taxi operators affected by the next phase of the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, the City of Johannesburg said on Monday. Owners who will have their vehicles scrapped to make way for the R2.2-billion Phase 1C BRT project, will share more than... 

Compensation for taxi drivers affected by Joburg's next BRT phase

Three bidders shortlisted for 12 new Gautrain train sets

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 Bidding on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system will begin in August, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “We have shortlisted three bidders and they will now submit their formal bids.” 

Give taxi operators a better deal, Maswanganyi urges

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 Government is calling on financial institutions to “give taxi operators a better deal”, says Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi. He notes that the minibus taxi industry is correct in saying it is being exploited when purchasing new vehicles. 

‘Serious questions’ need to be asked about poor BRT ridership

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 South Africa, as a country, has to ask itself some “serious questions” about bus-rapid transit (BRT) systems, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. He says that the three BRT systems in Gauteng – in Tshwane,  Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni – built at a collective cost of around... 

Mbalula, Maswanganyi to step into Uber feud 

By: News24Wire      19th July 2017 Police Minister Fikile Mbalula is to intervene in the apparent conflict between Uber drivers and meter taxi drivers. This after violence escalated recently, resulting in the death of an Uber driver due to injuries he sustained during an attack near Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria on June 10. 

Uber, metered taxis accuse one another of intimidation tactics

By: News24Wire      18th July 2017 Meter taxi drivers and Uber drivers have levelled allegations of intimidation against one another as the recent clash between them intensifies. The Gauteng Provincial Metered Taxi Council has alleged that they were informed that Uber drivers were using various intimidation tactics such as the... 

Competition Commission launches inquiry into public transport sector

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2017 The Competition Commission has launched a market inquiry into the public passenger transport sector following numerous complaints relating to public transport in the country.    The ‘Public Passenger Transport Market Inquiry’ was recently published in the Government Gazette and the commission is... 

Nigerian Society of Engineers on how private sector can be incentivised to build infrastructure

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 The public sector in Africa should understand and nurture the idea that increased private sector investment in infrastructure is the best way to achieve “intense job creation”, and to incentivise funding and skills transfer, says Nigerian Society of Engineers infrastructure and public-private... 

Gauteng closes troubled taxi ranks and routes in Soweto

By: African News Agency      11th July 2017 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport on Tuesday announced the temporary closure of disputed taxi ranks and routes in Soweto following months of intimidation and violence. This comes after Transport MEC Ismail Vadi published Regulations in the Provincial Gazette invoking the extraordinary... 

Time to question BRT systems in South Africa, says Vadi, Transport Minister 

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2017 South Africa, as a country, had to ask itself some “serious questions” about bus-rapid transit (BRT) systems, Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi said on Monday. Speaking at the Southern African Transport Conference (SATC) in Pretoria, he said that the three BRT systems in Gauteng – in... 

Time to question BRT systems in South Africa, says Vadi, Transport Minister
Photo by Duane Daws
Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi

Minibus taxi operators exploited, says Transport Minister 

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2017 Government is calling on financial institutions to “give taxi operators a better deal”, Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi said on Monday. Speaking at the Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria, he noted that the minibus taxi industry was correct in saying it was being exploited when... 

Minibus taxi operators exploited, says Transport Minister
Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi

Gauteng taxi strike averted, for now, says Maswanganyi

By: African News Agency      10th July 2017 Another crippling strike by disgruntled minibus taxi operators complaining about high repayment rates for their vehicles has been put on hold after a meeting between Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi and the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco). “A meeting was held as part of the... 

Taxi strike brings Joburg CBD to a standstill

By: African News Agency      7th July 2017 Traffic in the Johannesburg CBD came to a standstill midday on Friday as Soweto taxi drivers marched to the Office of the Premier, parking their taxis in the streets and demanding to be allowed to operate on their routes again. The protest came after Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail... 

Bus set alight in Durban protest

By: News24Wire      7th July 2017 A small group of protesters set alight a municipal bus in Mayville, Durban, on Friday morning, KwaZulu-Natal police said. The protesters are believed to be demanding land to build houses, provincial police spokesperson Thulani Zwane told News24. 

IFP calls for urgent action to stop national taxi strike

By: African News Agency      30th June 2017 The Inkatha Freedom Party has called for urgent action to prevent a national taxi strike bringing the country to a standstill. Parts of the country, including Johannesburg and Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town have been affected by taxi strikes in recent weeks which saw outbreaks of violence and... 

National taxi strike looming, warns Santaco KZN

By: News24Wire      28th June 2017 The SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) in KwaZulu-Natal has reiterated that members may stage a national taxi strike in July if a meeting with government representatives does not go in their favour. Santaco KZN spokesperson Mandla Mzelemu told News24 on Tuesday that the strike on July 12 will go... 

Municipality reduces GHG by using buses

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 The City of Johannesburg metropolitan municipality aims to achieve 25% less greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, an operational cost efficiency with gas at R7/l for bus equivalents, and over three phases create more supply chain opportunities using its ‘green’ Metrobus fleet. 

Minister of transport slams taxi protest

By: African News Agency      15th June 2017 Minister of Transport Joe Maswanganyi on Thursday condemned the blocking of major roads in Gauteng by taxi operators which has caused widespread havoc. Large areas of Johannesburg, Midrand and Pretoria were no-go areas on Thursday after taxis aligned to South African National Taxi Council... 

Gauteng commuters to be stranded as taxi operators march

By: African News Agency      14th June 2017 Gauteng taxi operators affiliated to the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) have on Wednesday, advised commuters to arrange alternative transport for Thursday due to a massive march against what it called high minibus taxi purchase costs. “No taxis will be running, we advice commuters to seek... 

Vadi concerned about slow pace of BRT development in Gauteng

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2017 Gauteng Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi has expressed his concern with the slow pace of development of bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in Gauteng, as well as the delay in rolling out the Aerotropolis project, in Ekurhuleni. Speaking at an Intelligent Transport Systems South Africa (ITSSA) forum held... 

No taxi protests planned 'for now' over rising price of Quantum

By: News24Wire      8th June 2017 There will be no taxi protest "over the escalating price of the Toyota Quantum in Durban for now", the SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) said on Thursday. Santaco had threatened to shut down the whole country if the highly used Toyota Quantum manufacturer did not respond to their demands within... 

Maswanganyi confirms letter to PRASA board, won’t reveal its contents

By: African News Agency      6th June 2017 Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi on Tuesday confirmed he wrote a letter to the PRASA board, but refused to divulge whether the missive had asked board members to supply him with reasons why they should not be suspended. “…the letter remains a private and confidential correspondence between the... 

Gauteng Transport MEC pleads for peace between warring Soweto taxi operators

By: African News Agency      6th June 2017 Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, on Tuesday pleaded for peace between two rival taxi associations in Soweto, saying that violence would not resolve their differences. This comes after police arrested three suspects for being in possession of illegal firearms after a shootout... 

Connectivity – the next step for rail

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 With the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT), it has become a necessity for commuters to be connected, and it is also essential for increased operational efficiency in railway networks. This connectivity can be achieved through WiFi networks, which are heading towards being a prominent... 

Connectivity  – the next step for rail
RIAAN GRAHAM An upcoming trend in the rail industry is cybersecurity, which is paramount when introducing a public Internet connectivity domain

Digital technology influences rail industry positively

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 Rail infrastructure in South Africa is trending towards smart digital technologies that will influence the industry positively, says consulting engineers company Aurecon. “The integrated three-dimensional (3D) designs used particularly in South Africa are being used to plan and model rail... 

Digital technology influences rail  industry positively
FRANCOIS HEYNS It is not necessarily a case of building more infrastructure, but rather improving the efficiency of existing railways

On track for Africa Rail

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd June 2017 This month, business-to-business media company Terrapinn will host the twentieth annual Africa Rail exhibition and conference at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, Gauteng, from June 13 to 14. Africa Rail provides an interactive platform for rail industry stakeholders to share... 

On track for Africa Rail
INCLUSIVE GROWTH Africa Rail provides an interactive platform for rail industry stakeholders with the view to improve railway performance and its contribution to economic development

Taxi drivers block Durban roads

By: News24Wire      31st May 2017 Minibus taxi operators in Durban and surrounding areas have started blocking busy Durban roads ahead of their protest to Toyota in Prospection, Isipingo later on Wednesday. Streets in the Durban CBD, Umlazi, Isipingo, and the N2 have been blockaded with Toyota Quantum minibuses. 

Maswanganyi vows bold State intervention to drive transformation

By: News24Wire      24th May 2017 Radical economic transformation was the theme of new Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi's first budget and policy statement to the National Assembly. "Transport will play a leading role in radical economic transformation," Maswanganyi said on Tuesday. 

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