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Public Transport News

Shell collaboration helps power London buses with coffee waste

By: Nica Schreuder     20th November 2017 International energy and petrochemicals group Shell, in partnership with London-based clean technology company bio-bean and UK biodiesel producer Argent Energy, is helping power some of London’s buses through a new coffee biodiesel project – launched on Monday – which uses a biofuel made partly... 

Uber reaches almost 1-million users in South Africa

By: Irma Venter     9th November 2017 The longest Uber trip on record in sub-Saharan Africa happened in South Africa this year – 3 190 km from Cape Town to Durban, via Bloemfontein. The electronic ride hailing service does not disclose why the journey was made. The Uber app does, however, provide an estimated cost for the journey, at... 

Uber reaches almost 1-million users in South Africa

Uber bullish on Africa despite opposition from local taxi firms

By: Reuters     7th November 2017 Ride-hailing service Uber Technologies is growing rapidly in sub-Saharan Africa and considering moves into more markets, despite sometimes violent opposition from metered taxi drivers, a senior executive said on Tuesday. Uber's service has triggered protests by rivals from London to New Delhi as... 

KZN pupils head to court over school transport

By: News24Wire      7th November 2017 Pupils from 12 schools in KwaZulu-Natal - who brave the weather and crime on their long walk to school every day - will pack into the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday morning to support their lawyers who will argue that the provincial government must provide transport for... 

Vadi urges better cooperation between provincial govt, Gauteng metros

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2017 The long delayed Gauteng Transport Authority will launch next year, says Gauteng Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “If a city does not want to participate, it does so at its own peril.” 

Vadi urges better cooperation between provincial govt, Gauteng metros
Gauteng Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi

Government moves to reprioritise NDP-aligned initiatives, infrastructure spend estimate at R948m

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th October 2017 With increasing indications that South Africa, on its current path, will not achieve its National Development Plan (NDP) ambitions, government is redirecting efforts to prioritise programmes that strengthen the alignment of the national budget, the medium-term strategic framework and the NDP.... 

Government moves to reprioritise NDP-aligned initiatives, infrastructure spend estimate at R948m

JSE launches green bond segment

     25th October 2017 The JSE on Wednesday launched its green bond segment, which provides a platform for companies and other institutions to raise funds that are ring-fenced for low-carbon initiatives. It also enables investors to invest social responsibility investment funds in securities that are truly green.   JSE... 

JSE launches green bond segment
JSE CEO Nicky Newton-King, Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and JSE Capital Markets director Donna Nemer

Twelve big cities to buy zero emissions buses, extend green areas

By: Reuters     23rd October 2017 Twelve major cities including London, Paris, Los Angeles and Cape Town promised on Monday to buy only zero-emissions buses from 2025 and to make major areas free of fossil fuel emissions by 2030 to protect the environment. The 12, with a combined population of almost 80-million, said they would... 

SA transport tech firm aims to expand into rest of continent

By: Irma Venter     20th October 2017 WhereIsMyTransport is expanding its reach to the rest of Africa. WhereIsMyTransport is a technology company that collects and connects public transport data, centralising regularly updated information about a city’s formal and informally run public transport networks (minibus taxis included) on... 

Ekurhuleni’s Harambee BRT to start limited service next week

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th October 2017 The City of Ekurhuleni is set to kick off the first official run of its bus rapid transit (BRT) service, Harambee, next week as part of the implementation of its Phase 1A operations. The limited service, starting on Wednesday, will run eight buses in mixed traffic along the 38 km service route,... 

Transport megaprojects stand on four legs – Gautrain CEO

By: Keith Campbell     10th October 2017 The successful implementation of transport infrastructure megaprojects rests on four equally important “pillars”. So affirmed Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe to the recent sixth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research Conference, in Pretoria. These pillars are: political... 

Transport megaprojects stand on four legs – Gautrain CEO
Photo by Duane Daws
Gautrain CEO Jack van der Merwe

Khayelitsha MyCiti commuters no longer left in dark

By: News24Wire      9th October 2017 Khayelitsha commuters using the City of Cape Town’s MyCiti busses will no longer be left in the dark. The city’s Transport and Urban Development Authority has commenced with the electrification of the permanent MyCiTi bus stops along the N2 Express routes in Khayelitsha, which according to the... 

Tshwane extends A Re Yeng bus service across townships – Msimanga

By: African News Agency      3rd October 2017 Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga on Monday, said the city will expand its A Re Yeng bus service into South Africa’s capital city’s high density areas in a bid to provide a safe, affordable, accessible and reliable transport system. “Let me start by first congratulating the A Re Yeng team under the... 

Tshwane extends A Re Yeng bus service across townships – Msimanga

eThekwini rapid public transport system needs hundreds of buses

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2017 Around 200 rigid buses, 180 articulated buses and 765 midi-buses will be required for eThekwini’s new GO!Durban integrated rapid public transport network over the next five years, says eThekwini Transport Authority head  Thami Manyathi. In addition, 250 commuters buses will be required as part of... 

Gauteng fast-tracks metered taxis licences

By: African News Agency      28th September 2017 The Gauteng provincial government on Thursday said it would soon carry out an outreach programme for metered taxis to help owners comply with necessary licence requirements. Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said the outreach programme aims to fast-track outstanding licencing applications that... 

WhereIsMyTransport targets expansion into rest of Africa

By: Irma Venter     26th September 2017 WhereIsMyTransport is expanding its reach to the rest of Africa. WhereIsMyTransport is a technology company that collects and connects public transport data, centralising regularly updated information about a city’s formal and informally run public transport networks (minibus taxis included) on... 

WhereIsMyTransport targets expansion into rest of Africa

Gigaba denies Treasury looking at PIC to bail out struggling SOEs

By: African News Agency      25th September 2017 Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba on Monday, rubbished claims that he would use funds from the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) to bail out South Africa’s failing state-owned enterprises. Responding to reports last week that Treasury was looking to tap into the PIC, which manages public service... 

Gigaba denies Treasury looking at PIC to bail out struggling SOEs
Photo by Duane Daws
Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba

Imbalance in South African society driven by spatial inequality  

By: Anine Kilian     19th September 2017 South Africa is fast approaching a perfect inequality rating on the Gini coefficient, University of the Witwatersrand School of Governance head Professor David Everatt said at the ninth Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa Corporate Governance conference, in Johannesburg, on Tuesday. The Gini... 

Gauteng to clamp down on illegal Uber and metered taxis

By: News24Wire      18th September 2017 The Gauteng provincial authorities are going to clamp down on non-compliant Uber and metered taxi operators in an attempt to quell the “territorial warfare” between Uber and metered taxi driver. Premier David Makhura, MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi, MEC for Community Safety Sizakele... 

By blood or iron, we will protect our territory – meter taxi drivers

By: News24Wire      12th September 2017 Meter taxi drivers say they are willing to lay down their lives to prevent Uber drivers from invading "their territory". "There is nothing we can do but to protect our territory, whether by blood or iron. We will have to die because we are already dead," said meter taxi owner Oupa Skhosane. 

Metered taxis and Uber clashes will turn away tourists – Minister Xasa

By: African News Agency      11th September 2017 Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa on Monday warned that violent clashes between metered taxis and rival E-Hailing company, Uber, could deter tourists from visiting South Africa. On Thursday night metered taxi drivers allegedly torched two Uber cars in Sandton. Uber drivers reportedly retaliated by... 

Passenger pooling startup attracts interest from Daimler unit

By: Irma Venter     8th September 2017 Daimler Buses’ subsidiary EvoBus has secured a minority investment in CleverShuttle. Based in Berlin, Germany, CleverShuttle pools passengers travelling in a similar direction together in an electric vehicle, driven by a professional driver. The startup’s app determines the fastest and cheapest... 

Public transport efficiency seen as key to scaling up user base

By: Dylan Slater     8th September 2017 More efficient public transport would not only go a long way towards attracting a larger user base, thereby reducing car owners’ reliance on private vehicles for their transport needs, but also assist in decreasing the prevalent trend of cars being used predominantly by one person, says... 

City of Tshwane signs new public transport subsidies agreement

By: African News Agency      7th September 2017 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport and the City of Tshwane have concluded an “inter-governmental authorisation agreement” to process subsidised bus contracts in the city as from the April 1, 2018. Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi on Thursday said the agreement opens the... 

Mashaba launches R674m Sandton transport project

By: News24Wire      6th September 2017 A R674-million Sandton public transport loop, which apparently created 260 000 employment opportunities, was launched by City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba at the Sandton Gautrain station on Tuesday. Mashaba said the loop - which the city will pilot from September 18 and until December -... 

Expect taxi fare increases between R1 to R5 following petrol price hike

By: News24Wire      4th September 2017 Taxi fares will possibly increase by between R1 and R5 per journey, depending on the region, following a petrol price increase of 67c per litre, Santaco warned on Sunday. The taxi-industry will try its best to try and reduce the blow to consumers while keeping operators afloat, South African... 

SA Meter Taxi Association and YooKoo Ride ready to take on Uber

By: African News Agency      1st September 2017 The SA Meter Taxi Association — which has been unhappy about growing competition from ride-sharing app, Uber — on Thursday said it had began registering drivers who will use YooKoo Ride, which it described as a “taxi hailing app for smart phones”. The move indicates a shift from physical... 

Rustenburg did not overspend on rapid transport system, Scopa hears

By: African News Agency      31st August 2017 The Rustenburg local municipality did not over spend on the Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) project, the North West Scopa heard on Wednesday. Mayor Mpho Khunou, Speaker Sheila Mabale-Huma and Municipal Manager Nqobile Sithole were called to appear before the Standing Committee on Public Accounts... 

Abundant skills development in bus transport

     25th August 2017 The Southern African Bus Operators’ Association (Saboa) and the Transport Education Training Authority (Teta) are working towards combatting the lack of skills development and training in South Africa’s transport sector. Teta’s primary goal is to establish a credible institutional mechanism for... 

Abundant skills  development in  bus transport
TAKING THE WHEEL Training bus drivers is essential to reducing fatalities and comply with international driving standards

Intelligent truck axle saves 6% in fuel costs

     25th August 2017 Global automotive manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has pioneered the production of a lightweight truck axle, designed to aid in reducing the fuel consumption of the Mercedes-Benz Actros, a heavy-duty truck first introduced to the market in 1995. The axle is now available from Mercedes-Benz.  

Intelligent truck axle saves 6% in fuel costs
GRAND TOURISMO The Mercedes-Benz RHD saves fuel consumption by 4.5%

No change in Gautrain ownership – Vadi

By: African News Agency      23rd August 2017 Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi on Wednesday slammed an announcement by construction company Murray & Roberts that it would soon acquire a 50% ownership in the Gautrain. Vadi and the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) said Tuesday’s announcement by M&R was premature. 

Project aids community development

By: Marleny Arnoldi     18th August 2017 With 70% of the R370-million Cornubia Interchange project complete, construction design and engineering services provider Royal HaskoningDHV and the eThekwini roads provision department say the project is likely to be completed in January next year.  

Project aids  community development
PILING UP Royal HaskoningDHV construction project manager Drew Wilson says the biggest challenge has been piling and the foundation of the structure

Tshwane roads, railway lines blocked and cars pelted in taxi protest

By: News24Wire      16th August 2017 Taxi drivers embarked on illegal protest action in Tshwane on Wednesday morning, blocking several roads and railway lines and pelting passing cars with rocks. Police said several roads in Mabopane, Ga-Rankuwa, Soshanguve as well as the Mabopane highway have been blocked by taxis. 

Tshwane roads, railway lines blocked and cars pelted in taxi protest

Vadi lifts suspension on Soweto taxi routes

By: News24Wire      14th August 2017 The suspension of the Witwatersrand African Taxi Owners Association's (Wata) operating rights in Soweto has been lifted, Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said on Monday. "I intend lifting the extraordinary measures instituted on 13 July that were extended to Wata, which were aimed at normalising... 

Damaged overhead wires delay Johannesburg trains – Metrorail

By: African News Agency      3rd August 2017 Metrorail said on Thursday that commuter train services operating in Johannesburg were experiencing delays of up one hour in the morning following infrastructural challenges. The commuter train operator said Train 0841 had damaged overhead wires at Jeppe Station, which resulted in fibre break... 

Minister lauds court ruling invalidating two PRASA contracts worth millions of rand

By: African News Agency      2nd August 2017 Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi on Wednesday said he “welcomes” the Pretoria High Court judgment ruling two contracts entered into by Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) with Fenton Gastin, its CFO, were invalid. The first contract that was found to be invalid was the one entered... 

Outgoing PRASA board slams transport minister on completion of tenure

By: African News Agency      1st August 2017 Popo Molefe, the outgoing chairperson of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) board which completed its term on Monday, took a parting shot at new Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi for failing to attend requested meetings aimed at tackling corruption and governance anomalies. “The... 

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