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Public Transport News

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... 

Electric London cabs spur reopening of UK aluminium plant

By: Reuters     18th September 2017 Norwegian aluminium components producer Sapa is reopening a British plant to supply material for the country's first electric vehicle factory that will produce London black cabs. The move is a welcome one for Britain as it negotiates a divorce from the European Union that some fear will dampen... 

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... 

Gibela says first SA-made train to be delivered by the end of 2018

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2017 The Gibela consortium will deliver the first locally built X'Ttrapolis Mega commuter train to State-owned Metrorail operator, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), by the end of 2018, says Gibela CEO Marc Granger. Production of the first car-body shell of the first car of the first... 

Gibela says first SA-made train to be delivered by the end of 2018

Compensation for taxi drivers affected by Joburg's next BRT phase

By: News24Wire      25th July 2017 Compensation will be paid to minibus taxi operators affected by the next phase of the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, the City of Johannesburg said on Monday. Owners who will have their vehicles scrapped to make way for the R2.2-billion Phase 1C BRT project, will share more than... 

Compensation for taxi drivers affected by Joburg's next BRT phase

Give taxi operators a better deal, Maswanganyi urges

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 Government is calling on financial institutions to “give taxi operators a better deal”, says Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi. He notes that the minibus taxi industry is correct in saying it is being exploited when purchasing new vehicles. 

Three bidders shortlisted for 12 new Gautrain train sets

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 Bidding on the 12 new train sets to be supplied to the Gautrain rail system will begin in August, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “We have shortlisted three bidders and they will now submit their formal bids.” 

‘Serious questions’ need to be asked about poor BRT ridership

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2017 South Africa, as a country, has to ask itself some “serious questions” about bus-rapid transit (BRT) systems, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. He says that the three BRT systems in Gauteng – in Tshwane,  Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni – built at a collective cost of around... 

Mbalula, Maswanganyi to step into Uber feud 

By: News24Wire      19th July 2017 Police Minister Fikile Mbalula is to intervene in the apparent conflict between Uber drivers and meter taxi drivers. This after violence escalated recently, resulting in the death of an Uber driver due to injuries he sustained during an attack near Loftus Versveld Stadium in Pretoria on June 10. 

Uber, metered taxis accuse one another of intimidation tactics

By: News24Wire      18th July 2017 Meter taxi drivers and Uber drivers have levelled allegations of intimidation against one another as the recent clash between them intensifies. The Gauteng Provincial Metered Taxi Council has alleged that they were informed that Uber drivers were using various intimidation tactics such as the... 

Competition Commission launches inquiry into public transport sector

By: Anine Kilian     17th July 2017 The Competition Commission has launched a market inquiry into the public passenger transport sector following numerous complaints relating to public transport in the country.    The ‘Public Passenger Transport Market Inquiry’ was recently published in the Government Gazette and the commission is... 

Nigerian Society of Engineers on how private sector can be incentivised to build infrastructure

By: Irma Venter     14th July 2017 The public sector in Africa should understand and nurture the idea that increased private sector investment in infrastructure is the best way to achieve “intense job creation”, and to incentivise funding and skills transfer, says Nigerian Society of Engineers infrastructure and public-private... 

Gauteng closes troubled taxi ranks and routes in Soweto

By: African News Agency      11th July 2017 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport on Tuesday announced the temporary closure of disputed taxi ranks and routes in Soweto following months of intimidation and violence. This comes after Transport MEC Ismail Vadi published Regulations in the Provincial Gazette invoking the extraordinary... 

Time to question BRT systems in South Africa, says Vadi, Transport Minister 

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2017 South Africa, as a country, had to ask itself some “serious questions” about bus-rapid transit (BRT) systems, Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi said on Monday. Speaking at the Southern African Transport Conference (SATC) in Pretoria, he said that the three BRT systems in Gauteng – in... 

Time to question BRT systems in South Africa, says Vadi, Transport Minister
Photo by Duane Daws
Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi

Minibus taxi operators exploited, says Transport Minister 

By: Irma Venter     10th July 2017 Government is calling on financial institutions to “give taxi operators a better deal”, Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi said on Monday. Speaking at the Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria, he noted that the minibus taxi industry was correct in saying it was being exploited when... 

Minibus taxi operators exploited, says Transport Minister
Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi

Gauteng taxi strike averted, for now, says Maswanganyi

By: African News Agency      10th July 2017 Another crippling strike by disgruntled minibus taxi operators complaining about high repayment rates for their vehicles has been put on hold after a meeting between Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi and the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco). “A meeting was held as part of the... 

Taxi strike brings Joburg CBD to a standstill

By: African News Agency      7th July 2017 Traffic in the Johannesburg CBD came to a standstill midday on Friday as Soweto taxi drivers marched to the Office of the Premier, parking their taxis in the streets and demanding to be allowed to operate on their routes again. The protest came after Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Ismail... 

Bus set alight in Durban protest

By: News24Wire      7th July 2017 A small group of protesters set alight a municipal bus in Mayville, Durban, on Friday morning, KwaZulu-Natal police said. The protesters are believed to be demanding land to build houses, provincial police spokesperson Thulani Zwane told News24. 

IFP calls for urgent action to stop national taxi strike

By: African News Agency      30th June 2017 The Inkatha Freedom Party has called for urgent action to prevent a national taxi strike bringing the country to a standstill. Parts of the country, including Johannesburg and Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town have been affected by taxi strikes in recent weeks which saw outbreaks of violence and... 

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