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Roads News

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... 

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... 

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... 

Sanral judgment a victory for Cape Town - De Lille
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille

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... 

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