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Roads

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. 

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. 

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

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 

KEY CORRIDOR The N3 runs from Durban to Johannesburg
KEY CORRIDOR The N3 runs from Durban to Johannesburg

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. 

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
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

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. 

SPECIALLY DESIGNED Unitrans Abnormal petroleum tanker
SPECIALLY DESIGNED Unitrans Abnormal petroleum tanker

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... 

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... 

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,... 

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... 

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. 

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.  

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). 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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... 

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.  

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. 

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. 

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,... 

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. 

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). 

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... 

Construction firm awarded road rehabilitation contract

7th October 2011 Construction specialists Concor Roads & Earthworks has been awarded a contract by the South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) for the rehabilitation of 31 km of the N2 from the Ngcweleni river to Brookes Nek, in the Eastern Cape. 

Daveyton N12/Alliance road interchange project under way

7th October 2011 The development of infrastructure in the Daveyton area on the East Rand is looking promising with the planned construction of the N12/Alliance road interchange.  

R400m roads contract to be completed end-2013

7th October 2011 Geotechnical and civil engineering contractors Esorfranki Civils has been awarded a contract worth about R400-million to upgrade further sections of the N4 in the North West province. 

Consulting firm forging ahead with green roads

By: Celest Smith     7th October 2011 Engineering and environmental consultancy SSI is considering using the N3 Pietermaritzburg bypass project, as a pilot project for possible inclusion in a future Green roads-rating system.  

Equipment specialist expands road building machinery range

7th October 2011 Equipment manufacturer Bell Equipment is increasing its Bomag product offering to include the Bomag MPH 125 soil stabiliser and asphalt recycler, as well as the Bomag BF 600 paver or finisher, in its drive to become a one-stop shop, particularly in the field of road construction and rehabilitation. 

Specially designed tools assist in road repairs

7th October 2011 Specially designed for Cat backhoe loaders and skid steers, equipment specialist Caterpillar’s comprehensive range of road maintenance attachments offer machine functionality beyond conventional materials handling applications.  

Safety barriers supplied on ongoing basis

7th October 2011 Local engineering specialist Andrew Mentis is supplying its Mentrail guardrail on an ongoing basis for all highways in Gauteng.  

Industry body supports tolling 

7th October 2011 Road industry organisation the South African Road Federation (SARF) says that toll roads are a legitimate form of raising funds for road building, placing the cost on the user rather than the taxpayer. 

Empire road BRT system completed

7th October 2011 The bus rapid transport (BRT) project on Empire road, in Johannesburg, which has been in progress since January 2008 was completed in August.  

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