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Roads News

Johannesburg commuters in for more backlogs on M1

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th January 2017 Johannesburg commuters frequenting the double-decker bridge section on the M1 should prepare for more disruptions between February 4 and 18, as two of the four northbound lanes will be closed during off-peak hours, the Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) said on Monday. During peak hour traffic, this... 

Cost, rather than value, still driving SA’s transport investments

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2017 South Africa’s transport procurement system is often driven by cost, rather than value, says Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. “We tend to look for the lowest-cost supplier of services and equipment and not always the best value. The problem with this is... 

Awards boost drivercentric approach to managing truck drivers

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2017 Commercial vehicle insurance firm Regent’s Highway Heroes campaign recognises the skill required to safely and efficiently handle a freight vehicle on South Africa’s and Southern Africa’s testing roads, and has demonstrated the benefits of driver-centric initiatives to improve awareness and safe... 

Awards boost drivercentric approach to managing  truck drivers
PAUL DANGERFIELD, LAWRENCE MATAVIRE, WAYNE RAUTENBACH The campaign reminds us how important truck drivers are to the economy

Sanral rehabilitation project derisks Uitenhage power failures 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2017 The completion of an R80-million slope stabilisation engineering project in Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan region, in the Eastern Cape, has prevented the risk of damage to power cables and related blackouts in Uitenhage. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Tuesday... 

Sanral rehabilitation project derisks Uitenhage power failures

Transport Minister reports 5% increase in festive season road deaths

By: African News Agency      10th January 2017 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Tuesday blamed unqualified and reckless drivers for the significant increase in road crashes and fatalities that occurred during the past festive season, saying that drivers needed to change their behaviour on the roads. According to the Road Traffic Management... 

Sanral inclusive approach to ease roads tax burden – Outa 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Wednesday welcomed South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) newly appointed CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma’s statement that the agency will be “looking to achieve a balanced funding portfolio with fuel tax-based revenue, as well as toll... 

Sanral inclusive approach to ease roads tax burden – Outa

RTMC supports initiatives to improve compliance in road users

By: Sane Dhlamini     20th December 2016 The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has come out in support of municipal initiatives to improve compliance, which will see local traffic departments confiscating cell phones, as well as imposing heavy fines on drivers who do not have licenses. RTMC CEO Advocate Makhosini Msibi said... 

RTMC supports initiatives to improve compliance in road users

Western Cape roads upgrades progressing to plan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2016 A R178-million Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) project to rehabilitate and resurface sections of the R311 and R45 in the Moorreesburg area is progressing well, it said on Tuesday. Construction started in June 2015 and is now scheduled for completion by July 2017,... 

Sanral embarks on R226m road resurfacing project  

By: Ilan Solomons     19th December 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has announced a R226-million road resurfacing project between the Eastern Cape towns of Grahamstown and Fort Beaufort.    Resurfacing of the R67 from Grahamstown to Fort Beaufort will commence in January and is set to be completed by... 

Saxdowns road in Kuils River now open to commuters

By: African News Agency      15th December 2016 Kuils River near Cape Town has a new bridge after the Saxdowns road and bridge was officially opened to traffic on Thursday, the City of Cape Town’s transport authority said. The 1.8 km section of Saxdowns road features a new 25 m bridge which stretches over the Bottelary river. 

BRT bridge to be completed by end of February

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 The 255-m-long bus rapid transit (BRT) bridge, which links Alexandra and Sandton, in Johannesburg, in Gauteng, will be completed by the end of February 2017, says engineering consultant Hatch. The Johannesburg BRT system, known as Rea Vaya, is to be extended through the establishment of BRT trunk... 

BRT bridge to be completed by  end of February
BUILDING BRIDGES The bridge linking the Alexandra township with the affluent Sandton region is a symbolic and practical way of addressing mobility issues that resulted from Apartheid-era spatial planning

Rail freight system will benefit economy, reduce road maintenance

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 To limit the damage to the national and provincial road networks – primarily caused by heavy-duty freight vehicles – and cut down on resulting maintenance, government should ensure that South Africa has a workable and reliable rail freight service, says auditing and consulting firm KPMG. KPMG... 

Rail freight system will benefit economy, reduce road maintenance
DE BUYS SCOTT The establishment of a workable rail infrastructure would stimulate job creation and economic growth during the construction phase of rail-related projects

CSIR investigates road applications for waste materials

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)  has been researching the use of alternative materials, including waste by-products, in road construction to reduce costs, enhance engineering properties and ensure the sustainability of the environment. CSIR Built Environment Transport... 

CSIR investigates road applications for waste materials
Photo by Duane Daws
THE BUS STOPS HERE Transport systems depend on the quality and sustainability of the associated infrastructure, therefore government has to invest in infrastructure to increase mobility and grow the economy

Eastern Cape SMMEs to manufacture dolosse for N2 refurbishment project

By: David Oliveira     25th November 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) announced last month the appointment of four small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the Eastern Cape to manufacture interlocking concrete blocks, known as dolosse. The roads agency, which has a responsibility to protect its... 

M1 bridge rehabilitation projects’ completion delayed to late 2017

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th November 2016 The Johannesburg Roads Agency’s (JRA’s) M1 bridge rehabilitation projects will now only be completed towards the end of 2017, owing to unforeseen events, including sporadic labour unrest and geotechnical complications. Improvements to the Oxford and Federation bridges, as well as the M1’s Double... 

M1 bridge rehabilitation projects’ completion delayed to late 2017

Joburg flash floods down to various causes - authorities 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th November 2016 Following heavy rains that led to flash flooding on key roads around Johannesburg on Wednesday afternoon, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has assembled a team of engineers to inspect its Gauteng network for damage. Sanral will also appoint engineers to investigate the... 

Joburg flash floods down to various causes - authorities

Roads Agency Limpopo board to continue turnaround strategy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2016 Limpopo Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure MEC Jerry Ndou has reappointed the Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) board for another three years, providing it with a mandate to continue turning the agency around. Ndou expressed gratitude for the agency's “rapidly improving financial situation”, which... 

Roads Agency Limpopo board to continue turnaround strategy

Rehab of Pretoria–Bela-Bela stretch of N1 set for completion by the end of 2017

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2016 The R396-million, 80 km rehabilitation of the N1 highway between Pretoria and Bela-Bela is 80% complete. The project should be wrapped up by the end of 2017, with R123-million to be spent next year, says Bakwena Platinum N1N4 CEO Graeme Blewitt. 

Sandton bicycle lanes still on agenda

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd November 2016 The City of Johannesburg will go ahead with plans to roll out bicycle lanes in and around Sandton, despite having the R70-million budget reallocated for projects in the Alexandra township. Newly elected mayor Herman Mashaba had noted that the funds would be reallocated, which caused confusion... 

Sandton bicycle lanes still on agenda

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

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

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

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

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... 

Funding, procurement for road  infrastructure projects problematic
CAUTION CURVES AHEAD Challenges pertaining to the country's economy, government funding and public procurement has made it increasingly more difficult to develop road infrastructure

2019 target set for launch of Gauteng Transport Authority

By: Irma Venter     28th October 2016 Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi aims to have the Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA) in place before the 2019 national and provincial elections, which could see his tenure come to an end. The GTA will be a legally constituted public transport authority with legal powers, reaching... 

Logistics Barometer highlights paradox of local industry 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th October 2016 If South Africa invests more in beneficiating more of its raw materials, the logistics costs relative to gross domestic product (GDP) will drop, which will, in turn, contribute to job creation and grow the economy, Stellenbosch University (SU) logistics professor Jan Havenga said on Thursday. For... 

Logistics Barometer highlights paradox of local industry
Stellenbosch University logistics professor Jan Havenga

Investment in infrastructure remains government priority

By: Anine Kilian     26th October 2016 Government has budgeted R987.4-billion for infrastructure over the next three years, with large investments continuing in energy, transport and telecommunications, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said during the presentation of the 2016 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on Wednesday. He... 

Investment in infrastructure remains government priority

Sanral defends N2 Wild Coast toll road project economics 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th October 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) this week reiterated the economic opportunities that will be created as a result of its N2 Wild Coast toll road project. This followed the release of a study, commissioned by Sustaining the Wild Coast, that challenges the economic validity... 

Cape Town to acquire ten electric buses in R126m deal 

By: Irma Venter     24th October 2016 The City of Cape Town has awarded the tender for the procurement of ten electric buses and their necessary ancillary equipment for the MyCiTi service to the Chinese BYD conglomerate. A tender for the low-floor electric buses was advertised in February and awarded in September. 

Cape Town to acquire ten electric buses in R126m deal

Bakwena rolling out multibillion-rand upgrade on N1, N4

By: Irma Venter     19th October 2016 The R396-million, 80 km rehabilitation of the N1 highway between Pretoria and Bela-Bela is 80% complete. The project should be wrapped up by the end of 2017, with R123-million to be spent next year, said Bakwena Platinum N1N4 CEO Graeme Blewitt in Centurion on Wednesday. The toll-road... 

Bakwena rolling out multibillion-rand upgrade on N1, N4
Photo by Duane Daws
Bakwena Platinum N1N4 CEO Graeme Blewitt

Here’s how Gordhan can ease fiscal pressure in mini budget

By: News24Wire      18th October 2016 One way Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan can ease the country’s fiscal pressure is by halting the proposed Wild Coast N2 highway in the Eastern Cape, which could cost over R8-billion to construct. That’s the advice from the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Monday. It was responding to a... 

Here’s how Gordhan can ease fiscal pressure in mini budget

RAL to take action against incompetent, underperforming contractors 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      11th October 2016 Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) on Tuesday vowed to take a hardline stance against contractors delivering substandard work. The agency will also target contractors that are unable to meet their contractual obligations. 

Inyatsi to target larger markets as it seeks to double turnover in two to three years

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th October 2016 In pursuing a new succession planning strategy, infrastructure construction specialist Inyatsi Construction Group Holdings plans to target larger markets and increase its turnover from R1.5-billion currently to more than double in the next two to three years. “Growth creates opportunities, and... 

Inyatsi to target larger markets as it seeks to double turnover in two to three years
Photo by Duane Daws
DRIVING FACTOR Water infrastructure and road infrastructure would significantly drive construction growth across Africa

Smit to lead Sanral as acting CEO until Dec 1

4th October 2016 The South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) has appointed operations executive Koos Smit as acting CEO until newly appointed CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma takes over on December 1. Nazir Alli who served as CEO since Sanral's establishment in 1998 has retired after almost two decades at the... 

Vadi launches R24m Evaton road upgrade

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     4th October 2016 Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi on Tuesday launched a R24-million road rehabilitation project in Evaton, Sedibeng, as part of the provincial campaign for the Department of Transport's yearly Transport Month this October. Vadi said road D904, known as the Old Evaton road, was in... 

Vadi launches R24m Evaton road upgrade

Gauteng govt urges citizens to make greater use of public transport

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd October 2016 The Gauteng provincial government has urged citizens to embrace the different modes of public transport available in the province to ease congestion on the province's roads. October marks the launch of National Transport Month. Speaking at a tour of the Pretoria railway station, Transport... 

Gauteng govt urges citizens to make greater use of public transport
Photo by Duane Daws
Minister Dipuo Peters

SA ports operator outlines view on weight regulations at global event

By: David Oliveira     30th September 2016 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) was invited to present at this year’s International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) conference, which took place last month in Hamburg, Germany. The presentation joint presentation of TPT senior strategy manager Dr Darren Fraser and TPT compliance manager... 

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