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Roads News

DBSA tasked with overseeing Sanral tender reappointment process 

By: Donna Slater     30th June 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has appointed the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) as an independent and lead adjudicating body after Sanral’s board in May declined the contracts previously entered into for five strategic projects. As such, the DBSA will act as... 

Mbalula promises e-toll solution 'for sure' this time  

By: News24Wire      30th June 2022 Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula says that a solution to e-tolls will be announced in October, this time "for sure".  Mbalula has been promising an announcement on e-tolls since he took office in May 2019 with several deadlines come and gone. Speaking at a press briefing in Pretoria on... 

Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula
Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula

Sanral success stories

By: Tracy Hancock     24th June 2022 Despite the negative impact of its recent tender cancellations, South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it continues to improve, manage and maintain the national road network. In Limpopo, the R37 improvement project between the Modikwa mine and Burgersfort worth R616-million is... 

CHANGING IT UP The Kokstad Interchange project along the R56 provincial route will take 33 months to complete
CHANGING IT UP The Kokstad Interchange project along the R56 provincial route will take 33 months to complete

Maintenance of ageing road network a top priority – JRA

By: Tracy Hancock     24th June 2022 The deterioration of Johannesburg’s roads is a key concern in terms of the general maintenance of the city, with inclement weather, vandalism and theft, as well as ageing infrastructure, the key challenges hindering service delivery, says Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) acting road infrastructure... 

CASH CONSTRAINTS
Limited financial resources and rapidly ageing road infrastructure make it challenging to carry out all maintenance activities
CASH CONSTRAINTS Limited financial resources and rapidly ageing road infrastructure make it challenging to carry out all maintenance activities

Majority of Sanral road network exceeds design life

By: Tracy Hancock     24th June 2022 With 83.6% of the national road network under South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) jurisdiction exceeding its 20-year design life, there is increased risk of rapid deterioration during the wet season, owing to the old, cracked surfaces being susceptible to moisture ingress,... 

CUSTOMARY CONDITIONS
To be considered a well-maintained road network, it is the in-house norm at Sanral that not more than 10% be in a poor to very poor condition
CUSTOMARY CONDITIONS To be considered a well-maintained road network, it is the in-house norm at Sanral that not more than 10% be in a poor to very poor condition

Opportunities abound in transport, logistics if challenges can be addressed

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     22nd June 2022 There are considerable challenges facing the country’s commuter transport, freight and logistics sectors, which are impeding economic growth; however, there are signs of improvement. This was a key message from speakers during a transport and logistics panel discussion, on day two of the... 

Impact of disruptive weather on supply chain requires mitigation

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st June 2022 Weather conditions in KwaZulu-Natal in April disrupted the entire supply chain, and while this is slowly being restored to normality, there are considerably direct and consequential costs to the region and country, and a full recovery will take much time, law firm Bowmans ports, transport and... 

Eleven-point action plan agreed to address recruitment of foreign truck drivers

By: Donna Slater     20th June 2022 The Road and Freight Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC), in partnership with the road and freight industry stakeholders, have agreed on an eleven-point action plan to deal with industry challenges and the recruitment of foreign nationals. The Road and Freight IMC met with industry players that... 

Supply chain blockages must end – SAAFF

By: Irma Venter     20th June 2022 South Africa cannot afford the massive and continued knock-on effects from disruptions to the national supply chain caused by truck driver blockades on the N3 to and from the Port of Durban, as was again seen last week, says the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF)... 

Image of traffic on the N3

Labour migration policy nearing completion, says Nxesi as truckers intensify action over foreign drivers  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th June 2022 The Employment and Labour Department is finalising policy that will help to regulate the extends to which foreign nationals can be employed in South Africa, Minister Thulas Nxesi said on Friday. His comments come as trucker drivers this week intensified their national strike against the... 

Labour migration policy nearing completion, says Nxesi as truckers intensify action over foreign drivers

N3 protest: Supply chain under attack, cost to economy more than R300m

By: News24Wire      17th June 2022 The Road Freight Association wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday to ask him to to urgently intervene in an ongoing blockade of key cargo routes across the country. In an open letter, Road Freight Association CEO Gavin Kelly told Ramaphosa road freight companies were being targeted and... 

N3 protest: Supply chain under attack, cost to economy more than R300m

New cement production capacity in Africa might be preferable to high transport costs

By: Darren Parker     10th June 2022 The rapidly rising cost of transport means that adding additional cement production capacity in Africa might be worth considering going forward. Before the outbreak of Covid-19, a long-term decline in shipping costs and the relative price of imported cement, which was also expected to gradually... 

cement handling in plant

Joburg mayor spurs JRA to address inequitable pothole repair

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th June 2022 The Mayor of Johannesburg Mpho Phalatse has commented on the real causes behind some areas being better served in terms of pothole repairs and related service delivery in Johannesburg. “While there are historical challenges that exist beyond the immediate control of the Johannesburg Roads... 

Bad road

Sanral to introduce one ticket system for all public transport, tolling 

By: Darren Parker     10th June 2022 State-owned South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is aiming to move away from traditional toll accounts to mobility accounts, Sanral northern region project manager Siveshni Pillay revealed this week. Speaking at the African Smart Cities Summit, in Midrand, on June 8, she said the... 

Sanral e tolls and highway

SIU working to combat fraudulent vehicle licence renewals using deceased persons' identities

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th June 2022 The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has found that the identity numbers of deceased persons are being used to fraudulently facilitate the renewal of vehicle licences for truck owners whose accounts with the licensing department have been suspended. SIU spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago on June 9 said... 

KZN government aims to maintain good quality infrastructure

By: Yvonne Silaule     6th June 2022 The KwaZulu-Natal government is committed to maintaining infrastructure and ensuring that people living in rural areas and suburbs receive the same standard of service delivery. Premier Sihle Zikalala made the announcement in uMbhumbhulu, on June 6, as part of the launch of a R187-million... 

Cancelled Sanral contracts to be readvertised, awards expected by end of September

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2022 The board of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has instructed Sanral management to readvertise and award the R17.47-billion in tenders the board cancelled last month, citing “material irregularities”, within the next four months, Speaking at a media conference in Centurion... 

Mbalula says decision on e-tolls ‘imminent’, calls for scrap metal export ban

By: Irma Venter     3rd June 2022 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has yet again promised that a decision on the future of e-tolls in Gauteng is imminent. Delivering his department’s Budget Vote speech late last month, he noted that the matter was on Cabinet’s radar, and that a pronouncement would be made once the final decision... 

Converting truck fleets to LNG could reduce transport costs by 30% – Renergen

By: Darren Parker     1st June 2022 With diesel prices at a record high, liquefied natural gas (LNG) has the potential to lower the transportation costs of major logistics companies by up to 30%, LNG and helium developer Renergen CEO Stefano Marani said at the Junior Mining Indaba on June 1. “This means that the conversion of their... 

Renergen CEO Stefano Marani
Renergen CEO Stefano Marani

South African terms of trade boon provides unique opportunity for the economy

By: Darren Parker     27th May 2022 South Africa is currently enjoying a terms of trade boon, with export prices outpacing import prices, market research firm Intellidex director and capital markets research head Peter Attard Montalto said on May 25. “It’s an unusual situation, driven by metals prices and helped by the fact that... 

Truck and fruit
South Africa is currently a net exporter of food

‘Worst first’ road repair strategy no solution amid rapid deterioration

By: Irma Venter     27th May 2022 A lack of preventive maintenance is by far the biggest contributor to the deterioration of the South African road network, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) engineering executive Louw Kannemeyer. “It is purely because the infrastructure is not being maintained. And,... 

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Mamabola publishes route for Phase 1 of proposed Gautrain expansion 

By: Irma Venter     25th May 2022 Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo has made public the preferred route for Phase 1 of the proposed expansion of the 80-km Gautrain system, in what is called the Gauteng Rapid Rail Integrated Network (GRRIN) project.   This route has been published in the Gauteng... 

Image of the Gautrain system

Sanral to restart, wrap up adjudication process on cancelled tenders by end September  

By: Irma Venter     23rd May 2022 The board of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has instructed Sanral management to readvertise and award the R17.47-billion in tenders the board cancelled earlier in May, citing “material irregularities”, within the next four months. Speaking at a media conference in... 

Image of a GFIP road under construction
Sanral chairperson Themba Mhambi talks about the issues identified with the agency's construction bid evaluation process. Video and editing: Kutlwano Matlala

Is the steel master plan delivering?  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about whether the steel master plan is delivering; the lack of demand that is negatively impacting on the industry and how localisation could help to boost demand; and the electricity supply and rail and port... 

Photo of Terence Creamer
Is the steel master plan delivering?

E-toll decision is imminent, says Mbalula  

By: News24Wire      19th May 2022 Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula said the final pronouncement on the funding model of e-tolls is imminent. Mbalula tabled his budget vote for the Department of Transport in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon. This comes amid uncertainty around South African National Roads Agency Limited... 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Decision on e-tolls ‘imminent’; scrap metal exports must be banned – Mbalula 

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2022 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has yet again promised that a decision on the future of e-tolls in Gauteng is imminent. Delivering his department’s budget vote on Wednesday, he noted that the matter was on Cabinet’s radar, and that a pronouncement would be made once the final decision had been... 

Fikile Mbalula
Fikile Mbalula

Sanral cancels R17.5bn in tenders, citing ‘material irregularities’ 

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2022 The board of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has cancelled tenders to the value of R17.47-billion, citing “material irregularities”. The tenders which the Sanral board did not approve are the Mtentu Bridge Wild Coast project, on the N2, valued at R3.4-billion; the... 

Image of the proposed Mtentu bridge on the N2 Wild Coast project
Image of the proposed Mtentu bridge on the N2 Wild Coast project

Pick n Pay, Takealot partner to sell groceries, liquor on Mr D app

By: Darren Parker     17th May 2022 Retail chain Pick n Pay and online store Takealot have signed a commercial services agreement which will enable customers across South Africa to buy Pick n Pay food, groceries and liquor on a new platform on the food delivery services application (app) Mr D.   In a statement issued on May 17, the... 

Pick n Pay delivery bikes parked in front of a store

Sinkhole on N3 disrupts traffic between Peacevale, Hammarsdale

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited on May 11 advised that only one lane was open on the N3 southbound after the Key Ridge interchange after a sinkhole formed, causing major traffic congestion from Peacevale to the Hammarsdale interchange, in KwaZulu-Natal. “Two lanes, including the... 

JRA commits over R12m to resurface the M2 motorway by end-June

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th May 2022 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has committed over R12-million towards the resurfacing of the M2 motorway. The three-pronged project, which entails the resurfacing of the M2 motorway Eastbound, 

Repairs to flood-hit N2 in KZN to take between six to eight months

By: Donna Slater     10th May 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) reports that work to fix Section 24 of the National Route 2 (N2) Northbound carriageway between Umzinto and Umgababa, in KwaZulu-Natal, which was closed as a result of severe flooding in April, is set to take between six to eight months.... 

Sanral begins immediate repairs on N12 in the North West

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th May 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it has deployed construction teams to start with immediate work on the N12 in Potchefstroom, Klerksdorp and Wolmaransstad in the North West province. In March, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula instructed the roads agency to act... 

An image showing repairs happening at the  N12 Klerksdorp
N12 Klerksdorp

KZN transport dept allocated R12.4bn for 2022/23

By: Yvonne Silaule     6th May 2022 The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport has been allocated R12.4-billion for 2022/23, with a large proportion of the funds to be spent on restoring infrastructure damaged in the recent floods. MEC Peggy Nkonyeni tabled the department’s 2022/23 budget at the Legislature August House on May 5... 

Pylon legs at N2 Msikaba Bridge project hydraulically jacked apart

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2022 The Msikaba Bridge project notched up an engineering milestone this month, when the south pylon legs were hydraulically jacked apart. The 580-m-long, stay cable bridge – which will span the 198-m-deep Msikaba Gorge – is located near Lusikisiki, in the Eastern Cape, and forms part of the South... 

Zikalala says infrastructure repairs progressing

By: Yvonne Silaule     4th May 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has started with the construction of a temporary detour route near the N2 in uMkhomazi and Umgababa in the north of Durban. This will allow flow of traffic from the south to the north of Durban, which has been blocked since the floods in... 

VWSA produces its one-millionth Polo for export

By: Darren Parker     3rd May 2022 Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) has produced its one-millionth Polo for export at its plant in Kariega in the Eastern Cape, the company announced on May 3. “Given the current climate, with the pandemic and the semi-conductor crisis, this milestone is an especially strong moment for VWSA,” said... 

Sanral to invest R155m in Eastern Cape roads maintenance project

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) will spend more than R150-million on a special road maintenance project between Cookhouse and Bedford in the Eastern Cape, which is expected to be completed after 18 months. The R63 national road project, valued at R155-million, will create... 

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