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Roads News

Sanral judgment a victory for Cape Town - De Lille 

By: News24Wire      22nd September 2016 Sanral should stop wasting taxpayers' money and concede that they have followed an unlawful process in trying to toll the N1 and N2 freeways in Cape Town, the city's mayor said on Thursday. "The City of Cape Town has won every round in court since we launched our review application on 28 March... 

SCA to rule on Winelands tolling

By: News24Wire      22nd September 2016 The Supreme Court of Appeal is to rule on the Winelands toll route matter on Thursday. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) appealed a judgment over the right to toll the N1 and the N2 highways in August. The judgment was in favour of the City of Cape Town.On September 30 last... 

All Gauteng drivers should be protected on e-tolls – AA

By: News24Wire      20th September 2016 The rights of Gauteng road users who are not members of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), should be protected as much as those drivers who are members of the civil rights body, says the Automobile Association (AA). In a statement issued on Monday, the AA pointed out that the current... 

All Gauteng drivers should be protected on e-tolls – AA

Cartrack software to keep taxi cabs in check

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th September 2016 Vehicle tracking and recovery systems provider Cartrack has introduced a telematic device aimed at improving the safety of drivers and passengers of taxicabs. The Cartrack software will enable taxi operators to receive a far more accurate report of driver behaviour as opposed to relying on the... 

Cartrack software to keep taxi cabs in check

No more cycle lanes and demand for etoll payments by metro police – Mashaba 

By: African News Agency      13th September 2016 Under the Democratic Alliance (DA), the city of Johannesburg would do away with the construction of bicycle lanes, while the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) has been instructed to desist from “harassing” residents who owed e-toll fees, mayor Herman Mashaba said on Tuesday. “In our... 

No more cycle lanes and demand for etoll payments by metro police – Mashaba

Sanral questions legality of Outa's e-toll 'defence umbrella'

By: News24Wire      12th September 2016 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has questioned the legality of Outa's recruitment drive for membership of its e-tolls "defence umbrella" and its fund-raising activities, in a statement on Sunday.. Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona said they had, "challenged Outa to clarify its... 

Sanral questions legality of Outa's e-toll 'defence umbrella'
Sanral Spokesperson Vusi Mona

Outa, Sanral bump heads over prosecution of e-toll dodgers

By: News24Wire      9th September 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) are at loggerheads over a statement that citizens who are members of Outa and who defaulted on e-tolls would not be prosecuted. In a statement issued on Thursday, Outa claimed that Sanral has agreed not... 

Outa, Sanral bump heads over prosecution of e-toll dodgers

Demerit system can change South African drivers' behaviour – expert 

By: News24Wire      7th September 2016 The implementation of a demerit point system for driving offences would help change South Africa's driving culture for the better, Parliament's portfolio committee on transport has heard. The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Bill would change the traffic... 

Sanral provides R30m funding to Stellenbosch programme

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd August 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Monday endowed Stellenbosch University with R30-million for its Sanral Chair in Pavement Engineering research fund. Established in 2001, the Sanral research chair is an academic programme committed to the development of human capital and... 

Applications for Sanral scholarships, bursaries open

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th August 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) this week opened applications for scholarships. The deadline for applications is September 30. 

Sanral unfazed by foreign firm collecting e-toll fees 

By: News24Wire      19th August 2016 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) appears unperturbed with paying over R50-million a month to a global transport giant for collecting e-toll fees in Gauteng. The Austrian conglomerate Kapsch Trafficom acquired full control of the e-tolls collections company Electronic Toll... 

Sanral unfazed by foreign firm collecting e-toll fees

Uber sees scope for growth in South Africa 

18th August 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter about the challenges and opportunities facing Uber in South Africa. 

Uber sees scope for growth in South Africa
Uber sees scope for growth in South Africa

E-tolls collection firm no longer in SA hands 

By: News24Wire      17th August 2016 The company collecting payments for the contentious e-toll system in Gauteng is now fully owned by the Austrian conglomerate Kapsch. This was confirmed on Tuesday with the divestment of the only BEE partner in TMT Services and Supplies, which with Kapsch Trafficom made up the e-tolls collections... 

Sanral appeals Winelands toll plan ruling 

By: News24Wire      17th August 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) appealed a judgment over the right to toll the N1 and the N2 highways at the Supreme Court of Appeal on Tuesday. The judgment had been in favour of the City of Cape Town. On September 30 last year, the Western Cape High Court reviewed and... 

Study shows lower BRT passenger demand than first forecast

By: Irma Venter     12th August 2016 Bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in South Africa generally have lower passenger demand, poorer financial performance and higher subsidy requirements than initially forecast, says Professor Christo Venter of the University of Pretoria’s Centre of Transport Development. One cause of poor passenger... 

Rea Vaya BRT system to be extended to Sandton

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2016 The City of Johannesburg aims to bring its Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system to Sandton central within the next two years. Rea Vaya started operations in 2009, and already runs between areas such as Parktown, Doornfontein and Soweto. 

RAL, Ledjadja partner to upgrade Waterberg roads

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2016 Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) and Ledjadja Coal, an operating subsidiary responsible for the Boikarabelo mine on behalf of Resource Generation (Resgen), this week inked a deal to upgrade the road from the Lephalale commercial sector to Steenbokpan and all connector roads to the Boikarabelo site in... 

Rehabilitation of R101, R304 progressing well – WC transport dept

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd August 2016 Good progress is being made on the R59-million rehabilitation of the R101 and R304 between Old Paarl road and Bloekombos, in the Western Cape, which is scheduled for completion early in 2017, the provincial Department of Transport and Public Works said on Tuesday. Nearly a year-and-a-half after... 

Grayston Drive pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge inquiry to resume

By: African News Agency      1st August 2016 The inquiry into the 2015 Grayston Drive Pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge collapse in Johannesburg, which left two people dead and 19 others injured, will resume on Tuesday, the Department of Labour said. “The Department of Labour-appointed-M1/Grayston Drive Pedestrian and cyclist... 

Amid opposition, MyCiti bus service reports passenger record

By: Irma Venter     29th July 2016 Cape Town’s MyCiti bus service transported its highest ever number of passengers in May this year, says Cape Town Transport MMC Brett Heron. He says MiCiti saw 700 000 passenger journeys in May. The total number of passenger journeys since the service rolled out in 2010 now numbers more than... 

Belgium trade and investment agency signs Mou with DTI unit

By: David Oliveira     29th July 2016 Belgium-based Wallonia Export-Investment Agency (Awex) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) investment promotion agency InvestSA initiative last month. InvestSA provides a number of services for investors, including facilitation of the... 

Belgium trade and investment agency  signs Mou with DTI unit
THE TRILOGIPORT The trimodal logistics facility, which has cargo transport access by water, rail and road, was officially inaugurated in November last year

Transport costs undermining African farmers

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2016 A study shows that agricultural fertiliser can land at the Kenyan Port of Mombasa at $350/t, and then sell for 300% to 400% more 1 000 km inland, says Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa CEO Argent Chuula. “The same is... 

Dedicated truck highway could improve logistics services

By: David Oliveira     22nd July 2016 A truck rapid transit (TRT) system, with dedicated road infrastructure similar to that provided for the bus rapid transport system being rolled out in many South African cities, could provide the impetus to improve the country’s anaemic economic growth. During petrochemicals group Shell’s Rimula... 

High-speed BRT lanes not silver bullet they appear to be – UP study

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2016 Bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in South Africa generally have lower passenger demand, poorer financial performance and higher subsidy requirements than initially forecast, says Professor Christo Venter of the University of Pretoria’s Centre of Transport Development. One cause of poor passenger... 

High-speed BRT lanes not silver bullet they appear to be – UP study

Daimler runs first self-driving BRT bus in Amsterdam

By: Irma Venter     18th July 2016 Daimler Buses on Monday announced that its Mercedes-Benz Future Bus with CityPilot had driven autonomously for the first time on a route of around 20 km in Amsterdam, on a section of the longest bus rapid transit (BRT) line in Europe, connecting Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport with the city of... 

Daimler runs first self-driving BRT bus in Amsterdam
The Future Bus

Rea Vaya to reach Sandton central by 2018

By: Irma Venter     18th July 2016 The City of Johannesburg aims to bring its Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system to Sandton central within the next two years. Rea Vaya started operations in 2009, and already runs between areas such as Parktown, Doornfontein and Soweto. 

Rea Vaya to reach Sandton central by 2018
Sandton Central Management District city improvement district manager Elaine Jack

Company strengthens ties with African country

15th July 2016 Global engineering, project management and construction company Bechtel has extended its partnership with Gabon, which it has been working with since 2010 to create and implement a $25-billion national infrastructure plan. 

Company strengthens ties with African country
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT Construction of infrastructure across Gabon will continue under Bechtel supervision

Infrastructure firm secures new contract

15th July 2016 Global infrastructure firm AECOM, announced last month that it has been selected as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for the electric utility company Alliant Energy’s Riverside Energy Center expansion project. 

Infrastructure firm secures new contract
Photo by Duane Daws
ROAD MAINTENANCE Aecom has been contracted by Sanral to upgrade several roads across South Africa

Material failure contributed to fatal Johannesburg bridge collapse, insists expert witness 

By: African News Agency      8th July 2016 For the second day running, the head of the University of Pretoria’s Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering Department, Roelf Mostert, gave evidence in the Department of Labour inquiry into the Grayston bridge collapse last year that killed two people and injured 19 others. On Friday,... 

Material failure contributed to fatal Johannesburg bridge collapse, insists expert witness

Phase 1 of MyCiti done, ‘obsession’ with BRT ‘waning’ – Heron 

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2016 Cape Town’s MyCiti bus service transported its highest ever number of passengers in May this year, said Cape Town Transport MMC Brett Heron on Thursday. Addressing delegates at the Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria, he said MiCiti had seen 700 000 passenger journeys in May. The... 

Phase 1 of MyCiti done, ‘obsession’ with BRT ‘waning’ – Heron

Intra-African trade costs highest of all developing regions

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2016 A study shows that agricultural fertiliser can land at the Kenyan Port of Mombasa at $350/t, and then sell for 300% to 400% more 1 000 km inland, says Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa CEO Argent Chuula. “The same is... 

Intra-African trade costs highest of all developing regions

Growthpoint introduces electric bikes, solar charging hubs to Sandton

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2016 Growthpoint Properties has introduced two electronic bike hubs to the Sandton business district, in a pilot project the company hopes will grow its footprint, says Growthpoint head of energy sustainability Werner van Antwerpen. The two hubs are opposite the Sandton Gautrain Station, at the... 

Growthpoint introduces electric bikes, solar charging hubs to Sandton
Photo by Duane Daws
Growthpoint's e-bike charging hub

Task team to tackle Sandton traffic signal outages 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th June 2016 A new task team has been formed to improve traffic signals and traffic flow in and out of Sandton with the main aim of having all traffic signals “working and synchronised” optimally. The Sandton Central Traffic Signal Forum comprised the Sandton Central Management District (SCMD), State-owned... 

Task team to tackle Sandton traffic signal outages

Moloto Road upgrades get Zuma’s nod

By: African News Agency      10th June 2016 President Jacob Zuma on Friday reassured Mpumalanga residents that government would deliver to them necessary services and infrastructure to improve their livelihoods. He said the delivery of these services would begin with the upgrading of the deadly Moloto road and the building of water... 

Moloto Road upgrades get Zuma’s nod

Upscaled infrastructure and regional integration needed in Africa

10th June 2016 Africa is urbanising at a rapid pace, which means infrastructure such as bypasses, bridges, new highways and new technologies needs to be deployed in congested areas where traditional methods cannot work, notes Africa-focused consultancy Africa House director Duncan Bonnett. 

Vadi aiming for Gauteng Transport Authority deal ahead of August elections

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2016 The Gauteng government hopes to sign an in-principle agreement with Gauteng’s three major municipalities – Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and Johannesburg – on the formation of a Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA) before the local elections, to be held on August 3, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr... 

South African emergency response app receiving international attention

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2016 The locally developed emergency response CrashDetech smartphone application (app) will compete against international social businesses and technologies as part of The Venture competition in New York, next month. CrashDetech is in talks to potentially deploy the solution in Zambia, the UK,... 

South African emergency response app receiving  international attention
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