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Roads

Funding, procurement for road infrastructure projects problematic

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 The methods of acquiring funding, as well as the public procurement process for road infrastructure projects need to be re-examined, as current models are problematic, says civil engineering consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa. WSP | Parsons transport and infrastructure divisional... 

Government initiatives result in more road lighting projects

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 The South African government’s drive to implement energy efficiency practices and maximise energy savings, along with its work with municipalities and State-owned power utility Eskom in the electrification of informal settlements and rural areas, has ensured that there are more opportunities for... 

Government initiatives  result in more road  lighting projects
DE HOEK PLAZA BEKA Schréder’s LEDlume-midi streetlight luminaires and its OMNIstar floodlights were used for the N3 Toll Plaza projects

Industry body calls for elimination of lead in road marking paint

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 Paint manufacturers organisation South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma) executive director Deryck Spence has approached the national standards authority South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) to request that it reformulates specifications for the use of lead pigments in road... 

Industry body calls for elimination of lead in  road marking paint
DANGERS UNDERFOOT Friction caused by vehicles tyres erodes the lead paint, which could result in pedestrians or drivers inhaling minuscule amounts of lead particulates

N7 upgrade enhances safety and set to facilitate traffic flow

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 Civil engineering consultants SMEC South Africa  recently successfully completed the R400-million National Route 7 (N7) upgrade, which included the realignment and widening of the road to improve safety and enhance traffic flow. Completed in April, the reconstruction project was carried out on a... 

N7 upgrade enhances safety and set to  facilitate traffic flow
NEW & IMPROVED The R400-million N7 upgrade was carried out on a 27.7 km portion of road between the Western Cape towns of Citrusdal and Clanwilliam

R100-billion infrastructure investment enhances safety and mobility

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 As part of the City of Johannesburg’s ten-year R100-billion investment in infrastructure, the city’s road infrastructure authority the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) investigated the state and quality of the 814 bridges in Johannesburg, and set out to construct and rehabilitate bridges in the... 

R100-billion infrastructure investment enhances  safety and mobility
NALEDI-PROTEA NORTH BRIDGE Construction on the bridge that now links the two Soweto suburbs started in 2014

Award-winning KZN interchange eases congestion on N2

     11th December 2015 State-owned entity the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) reports that upgrading the Umgeni road interchange, located at the N2 and M19 intersection in KwaZulu-Natal’s eThekwini municipality, has eased the flow of traffic for about 14 000 to 16 000 vehicles travelling through... 

Award-winning KZN interchange eases congestion on N2
FOUR YEARS WELL SPENT The interchange upgrade, which started in 2011, has reduced congestion and journey times, while increasing road safety

M1 highway gets R210m facelift

     11th December 2015 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) will spend a total of R210-million to upgrade the M1 highway bridges and associated stormwater drainage systems, says the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA). The project, which started on November 16, forms part of the CoJ’s R365-million programme to upgrade the M1 and... 

M1 highway gets  R210m facelift
Photo by Duane Daws
M1 HIGHWAY The M1 and M2 upgrades form part of the City of Johannesburg's 2040 Growth and Development Strategy

Abnormal load vehicle tested on N2

By: Dylan Stewart     30th October 2015 Sub-Saharan supply chain solutions provider Unitrans will operate one of its abnormal vehicles – designed according to performance-based standards (PBS) – from South Africa to Swaziland for the first time, says Unitrans technical GM Bruce Fraser. 

Abnormal load  vehicle tested on N2
SPECIALLY DESIGNED Unitrans Abnormal petroleum tanker

Consulting engineering firm suggests tolling of regional roads 

By: Dylan Stewart     30th October 2015 International consulting engineering firm Arup suggests a user-pay policy for regional roads as one method of generating revenue to build, maintain and expand the national road network. 

Design for Pietermaritzburg N3 interchange under way 

By: Dylan Stewart     30th October 2015 Planning, engineering, and programme and construction management company WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff won a tender last month to design two new interchanges of the N3 in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, WSP road geometrics design head Bruce White tells Engineering News. 

Design for Pietermaritzburg  N3 interchange under way
Photo by Duane Daws
BIG RESPONSIBILITY The interchange will allow for traffic to flow on the N3 as it crosses Epworth and Market roads in the south of Pietermaritzburg

LED streetlights installed in Western Cape

By: Dylan Stewart     30th October 2015 By June this year, the Swartland municipality, in the Western Cape, had retrofitted 69% of its existing streetlights with locally designed and manufactured light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights from luminaire manufacturer Beka Schréder. 

LED streetlights installed in Western Cape
NEW LIGHT To date, over 4 000 LED luminaires have been installed in streetlights in the Swartland municipality

Only Tshwane municipality pursues ultrathin reinforced concrete roads

By: Dylan Stewart     30th October 2015 Since 2010, when the Tshwane municipality stated its intention to pursue the use of ultrathin reinforced concrete pavements (UTRCPs) specifically for roads in townships, it is the only municipality to have done so, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) project consultant... 

Only Tshwane  municipality pursues  ultrathin reinforced  concrete roads
JOB CREATOR Building concrete roads requires little machinery and can therefore create more low-skilled jobs

Preliminary design assessment of N3 highway upgrade under way

By: Dylan Stewart     30th October 2015 Infrastructure consultancy SMEC South Africa is assessing the preliminary design for upgrading an 11 km stretch of the N3 highway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu-Natal, says SMEC South Africa functional GM for roads and highways Dawie Er 

Preliminary design  assessment of N3 highway upgrade under way
KEY CORRIDOR The N3 runs from Durban to Johannesburg

SA’s primary highway network as good as any, says consultancy

By: Dylan Stewart     30th October 2015 South Africa’s national highway network is comparable to some of the best road networks in the world, including those of developed countries, says KPMG infrastructure advisory head De Buys Scott. 

SA’s primary highway  network as good as any, says consultancy
DE BUYS SCOTT While roads are critical to any economy, they are even more important in South Africa

Civil engineers needed in public sector

By: Jonathan Rodin     31st October 2014 Currently, the civil engineering consulting industry in South Africa is extremely competitive, with many new entrants in the past few years, says engineering consulting firm GIBB technical executive Vuyiso Msipa. He explains that the competitiveness is mainly based on prices tendered for... 

Infrastructure drives growth

     31st October 2014 Engineering and project implementation firm Hatch Goba is pursuing two major development themes, aimed at both public sector and industrial sector clients. “The themes will be the driving force behind the business going forward, particularly into Africa,” says Hatch Goba infrastructure for the... 

Luminaires designed for African temperatures

By: Jonathan Rodin     31st October 2014 Luminaires and glass-fibre reinforced polyester manufacturer Beka Schréder launched its range of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting products in September, which ensures the LEDs and their supporting electronics are, at African ambient temperatures of 35 °C, not exposed to high temperatures,... 

PPPs needed for future of road infrastructure

By: Jonathan Rodin     31st October 2014 Public–private partnerships (PPPs) and concessions are effective means through which road infrastructure can be developed, and the private sector can play important roles in road infrastructure projects, says business law and litigation firm Fasken Martineau partner Rakhee Bhoora. “This is partly... 

Road infrastructure severely impacting on wildlife

     31st October 2014 Nonprofit wildlife and ecosystem conservation organisation the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is partnering with diamonds producer and purveyor De Beers Group to tackle the impact of roads on wildlife in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area (GMTFCA) in Limpopo.   The EWT has... 

Road infrastructure development crucial

By: Jonathan Rodin     31st October 2014 There is a clear plan laid out by government and significant investment proposed in terms of South Africa’s road network infrastructure development, which is positive for the country’s future development, as it is integral to growing the economy. “The fundamentals of any country, or city, is its... 

Road infrastructure integral to stable economic growth

By: Jonathan Rodin     31st October 2014 There have been significant changes in South Africa’s infrastructure over the past 20 years, primarily because a large portion of money from the fiscus has been allocated to development. However, the road infrastructure maintenance that needs to be undertaken is extensive, says engineering and... 

Company looks to secure next phase of toll road

By: Jonathan Rodin     1st November 2013 Concor Roads & Earthworks, an operating division of South African construction contractor Murray & Roberts Construction, is hoping to secure the next phase of the Bakwena toll concession, expected to start in January 2014, reports Concor Roads & Earthworks MD Eric Wisse. 

Concrete necessary for the green age

     1st November 2013 Concrete is the ideal choice for environmentally sensitive and economically sustainable highways reports nonprofit concrete technology services to the construction industry provider the Concrete Institute MD Bryan Perrie. 

E-tolling in full effect by end of 2013

By: Jonathan Rodin     1st November 2013 The e-tolling system is complete and is expected to be fully operatioal by the end of the year, says the South African parastatal responsible for the management, maintenance and development of South Africa's national road network the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). 

Flagship project almost complete

By: Jonathan Rodin     1st November 2013 The rehabilitation of the N12 concrete highway near Witbank, in Gauteng, is about 90% complete owing to the high quality of products chosen by subcontractor KP Projects site supervisor Darin Phillips. 

Mine access road on track

By: Jonathan Rodin     1st November 2013 Construction company Basil Read has completed 60% of an access road to the second-largest uranium mine in the world, Husab mine, in Namibia, reports Basil Read MD Dave Bennett. 

R637m road rehabilitation project under way

     1st November 2013 The the rehabilitation project of a section of national road R23, between Standerton and Greylingstad, in Mpumalanga, is 8% completed and expected to be complete in June 2016, says Roadcrete Africa, a 100% subsidiary of construction and engineering group Basil Read. 

Roads classification in accordance with national policy

By: Jonathan Rodin     1st November 2013 The eThekwini municipality, in KwaZulu-Natal, has upgraded its road classification database to comply with national policy through a R9.5-million project undertaken by engineering and development consultant SMEC South Africa.  

Better road infrastructure could improve business opportunities

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd November 2012 Logistics company Dachser South Africa believes that, when government sets out to upgrade the roads, it should look at those that will improve business opportunities and, in turn, attract investment. 

Concrete an alternative to bitumen in road construction

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd November 2012 As bitumen shortages continue to impact on the road construction industry, construction company Basil Read believes the use of concrete is a viable alternative construction material that offers long-term benefits. 

R1.2bn N2/26 freeway expansion under way

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd November 2012 The second phase of the South African National Roads Agency’s R1.2-billion N2/26 freeway expansion project is currently out on tender, reports engineering and consultancy firm Vela VKE, which is involved in the design of the project. 

Rockfall barriers to promote road safety

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd November 2012 As climate change continues to affect the environment, there is a constant need to mitigate the impact of unexpected natural disasters such as rockfalls that damage infrastructure.  

Sanral emphasises a shared vision

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd November 2012 South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli emphasised the importance of citizens, State-owned enterprises (SOEs) and government having a shared vision about the future of infrastructure development in the country at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s... 

Transshipment hubs to reduce poverty

By: Zandile Mavuso     2nd November 2012 If African countries are to reach the levels of economic growth needed to reduce poverty in a sustainable manner, increased levels of public and private investment must take place in strategic productive sectors, states technical specialist firm Arup. 

Construction group forging ahead despite unstable market

By: Celest Smith     9th December 2011 A shortage of new road construction contracts is forcing companies to tender at very low profit margins and take on high risk projects, asserts JSE-listed construction group Basil Read roads division MD Dave Bennett. He explains that the multiple challenges facing the road construction industry,... 

Lighting the way for the GFIP 

By: Celest Smith     9th December 2011 Technical lighting manufacturer and distributor Beka has an ongoing R25-million contract with the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to supply luminaires to the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). 

Rotary mixer at work on N12 expansion project

     9th December 2011 The N12 highway is one of the South African National Roads Agency’s strategic priorities and it is here that civil engineering contractor Raubex Construction has been awarded the task of implementing a complete overhaul on Section 19 of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project. 

Subcontractor provides security solution to N17 toll project

     9th December 2011 When toll specialist company Tollink was commissioned to provide the technology for extending the N17 toll project from Brakpan to Ermelo with three new plazas, starting with the Leandra plaza, it approached security firm Jasco Security Solutions and its Jasco-inspired brand Multivid to provide... 

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