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Public Transport and Infrastructure

BRT bridge to be completed by end of February

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 The 255-m-long bus rapid transit (BRT) bridge, which links Alexandra and Sandton, in Johannesburg, in Gauteng, will be completed by the end of February 2017, says engineering consultant Hatch. The Johannesburg BRT system, known as Rea Vaya, is to be extended through the establishment of BRT trunk... 

CSIR investigates road applications for waste materials

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)  has been researching the use of alternative materials, including waste by-products, in road construction to reduce costs, enhance engineering properties and ensure the sustainability of the environment. CSIR Built Environment Transport... 

CSIR investigates road applications for waste materials
Photo by Duane Daws
THE BUS STOPS HERE Transport systems depend on the quality and sustainability of the associated infrastructure, therefore government has to invest in infrastructure to increase mobility and grow the economy

Rail freight system will benefit economy, reduce road maintenance

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 To limit the damage to the national and provincial road networks – primarily caused by heavy-duty freight vehicles – and cut down on resulting maintenance, government should ensure that South Africa has a workable and reliable rail freight service, says auditing and consulting firm KPMG. KPMG... 

Rail freight system will benefit economy, reduce road maintenance
DE BUYS SCOTT The establishment of a workable rail infrastructure would stimulate job creation and economic growth during the construction phase of rail-related projects

Gauteng Premier welcomes launch of Mamelodi transport hub

By: Nadine James     11th December 2015 Gauteng premier David Makhura and Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa launched the first phase of the R850-million Denneboom Station Public Transport Interchange (DSPTI) project in Mamelodi last month, calling on residents to support the project. The project forms part of the Solomon Mahlangu... 

Gauteng Premier  welcomes launch of Mamelodi transport hub
TSHWANE REGIONAL MALL An artist's impression of what the Mamelodi mall will look like when it opens in April 2017

Future planning key to public transit systems

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th November 2015 The implementation of new public transportation systems requires the consideration of the existing system and infrastructure requirements, while having the foresight to anticipate future system needs, says engineering, project and construction management services supplier Hatch Goba. The company... 

Future planning key to public transit systems
TRANSPORT TRANSFORMATION The GO!Durban transit system will comprise metro rail transit, rapid bus transit, road-based feeder services and complementary rail and bus services

Gautrain capacity-expansion measures advancing

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th November 2015 Several key capacity-expansion projects are under way to enhance the operational capacity of the existing Gautrain rapid rail link system, says transport provider Gautrain Management Agency (GMA). “In the short term, GMA aims to increase the parking capacity at its stations. The second step is to... 

Gautrain capacity-expansion measures advancing
CAPACITY INCREASE The Gautrain Management Agency aims to release the request for proposals for the procurement of 12 additional train sets within the next three months

IEC Holden

     27th November 2015 Canada-based electric motor and generator manufacturer IEC Holden has been operating in the global railway industry for 106 years, with over 60 years of experience in manufacturing traction motors for locomotives. The company serves eight of the world's largest rail original-equipment... 

IEC Holden

Johannesburg municipality to continue public transport initiatives  

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th November 2015 The City of Johannesburg municipality plans to continue its focus on the implementation of an integrated transport system through its transport legacy projects following the EcoMobility World Festival 2015, in the Sandton central business district (CBD). “[The festival] proved . . . that there is... 

Johannesburg municipality to continue public transport initiatives
Johannesburg executive mayor Parks Tau discusses the impact of the EcoMobility month and the way forward

SA public transport projects gaining traction – services firm

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th November 2015 Despite the current project affordability constraints, South Africa has made exponential improvements in progressing its public transport projects, says professional services firm KPMG. “There is increased awareness of the absolute need for better public transport,” stresses KPMG infrastructure... 

SA public transport projects  gaining traction – services firm
DEFINED STRATEGY Defining a strategy for public transport services prompted the public and private sectors to initiate several public transport infrastructure projects in recent years

Charter targets unemployment, poverty, inequality

     28th November 2014 The GO!Durban Empowerment Charter, part of Durban’s integrated rapid public transport network (IRPTN), was launched on October 21, by the eThekwini municipality. 

Charter targets  unemployment,  poverty, inequality
Photo by Reuters
INTEGRATED PUBLIC TRANSPORT GO!Durban will comprise a network of rail, road and nonmotorised transport systems

Negotiations between taxi and bus industry set to start

     28th November 2014 Closely following the launch of the Yarona brand name and logo earlier in October, Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) announced the formal signing of the Negotiation Framework Agreement (NFA) between the Rustenburg local municipality (RLM) and the taxi and bus industry, on October 24. 

Negotiations between taxi and bus  industry set to start
Photo by Duane Daws
DISCUSSIONS All three parties do not want to delay this process and therefore delay the delivery of the public transport service to the people

Public transport gains momentum in South Africa

By: Dylan Slater     28th November 2014 Focusing on the current positive and successful developments in South Africa’s public-transport sector is the key to its success and the success of future developments, according to professional services firm KPMG. 

Public transport gains momentum in South Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
BUS RAPID TRANSIT BRT operators need to ensure that the planned maintenance programmes are constantly adhered to, without allowing complacency to set in

Public transport key to progress

     28th November 2014 Considering a reliable public transport service is an indicator of a country’s progress, coupled with increasing fuel prices and new vehicle prices, the benefits of using buses cannot be contested, according to consulting engineering firm GIBB. 

Public transport key  to progress
CAPE TOWN One of the core principles of the MyCiTi system is that public transport should take precedence over private vehicles

Rail opportunities demonstrated to learners

     28th November 2014 State-owned logistics company Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and rail technology manufacturer Bombardier Transportation, in association with not-for-profit organisation Discover, Develop and Deploy Service (D3), rolled out the second ‘Discover your Career in Rail’ initiative at the Rondebult... 

Rail opportunities  demonstrated to learners
Photo by Duane Daws
RAIL OPPORTUNITIES The current investment in the rail industry will open future employment opportunities

Tax breaks for people with disabilities advocated

By: Dylan Slater     28th November 2014 Employer organisation the South African Employers for Disability (SAE4D) highlighted in a statement last month that tax breaks would assist people with disabilities whose transportation to work costs more than it would have without a disability. 

Tax breaks for people with disabilities advocated
ACCESSIBILITY All modes of transport should be accessible to people with disabilities

BRT not viable for all cities in SA

By: Zandile Mavuso     1st November 2013 The success of the bus rapid transit (BRT) systems, implemented in Johannesburg and Cape Town, has triggered demand elsewhere, prompting government to consider or begin developing such systems in 12 cities throughout South Africa. 

BRT not viable for all cities in SA
Photo by Duane Daws
BRT IN OPERATION High-cost road pavements are needed by the bus rapid transit to carry the axle loads and the number of trips that each bus needs to make

Development of infrastructure key for economic growth

By: Zandile Mavuso     1st November 2013 To accelerate economic growth, South Africa has to develop infrastructure and transport logistics so that its ability to compete globally is improved, says South Africa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) CEO Neren Rau. 

Development of infrastructure key for economic growth
Photo by Duane Daws
MALUSI GIGABA The Public Enterprises Minister called for a private–public partnership plan with real and meaningful partnerships between the public and private sectors in the infrastructure of the maritime sector

NMT ‘greening’ public transport

By: Zandile Mavuso     1st November 2013 Professional engineering and development consulting company SMEC assisted the City of Tshwane integrated rapid public transport network unit to implement a nonmotorised transport (NMT) plan in the City of Tshwane to reduce carbon emissions. 

NMT ‘greening’ public transport
Photo by Pedal Power Association
CYCLING PATHA cycling path has been launched in Cape Town to ensure safety for cyclists

Construction starts on R816m KZN interchange 

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th June 2013 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) began construction for the R816-million improvement of the N2/M41 Mount Edgecombe interchange north of Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), last month.  

Gauteng transport master plan on track for presentation

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th June 2013 The 25-year integrated transport master plan for Gauteng, generated by the 2037 Consortium, is on track to be presented to the Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi at the end of this month, says consulting engineering company Gibb traffic engineer and transport planner Lize de Beer. 

Gauteng transport master plan on track for presentation

World’s largest rail contract expected to begin after financial close

By: Sashnee Moodley     28th June 2013 State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) is in the final negotiations with its preferred bidder, the Cabinet-endorsed Gibela Rail Transportation consortium, comprising French multinational Alstom and local engineering company Actom, for the first phase of the R51-billion contract. 

Competitiveness, infrastructure important for SA airport industry growth 

By: Sashnee Moodley     2nd November 2012 To attract more foreign investment and become more productive and innovative, the South African airport sector needs to become more competitive and build more infrastructure, advises academic institution Henley Business School dean and director Jonathan Foster-Pedley.  

Gauteng public transport system not dysfunctional

By: Sashnee Moodley     2nd November 2012 While some believe Gauteng has no public transport system, University of Johannesburg Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management head Professor Jackie Walters disagreed, and said there was a large public transport operation in the province, although it did have major flaws. 

Pedestrian facilities to improve safety

By: Sashnee Moodley     2nd November 2012 New pedestrian bridges and walkways on the N3 at Westville viaduct and Tshelimnyama township, in KwaZulu-Natal, have been constructed to meet the needs of a large number of pedestrians walking along and crossing roads in the area. 

Pilot transport service planned for Nelson Mandela Bay

By: Sashnee Moodley     2nd November 2012 Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan municipality, assisted by South Africa-based engineering and environmental consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV, formerly SSI, hopes to soon roll out a new integrated public transport system (IPTS) to improve public transport services in and around the... 

Spatial planning legacy remains

By: Sashnee Moodley     2nd November 2012 City of Johannesburg member of the mayoral committee for transport Rehana Moosajee has emphasised that public transportation within the city must improve through improved modal integration, infrastructure development, electronic fare collection and marketing and communication. 

Tshwane launches aspirational long-term strategy framework

By: Sashnee Moodley     2nd November 2012 Through its Tshwane Growth and Development Strategy 2055 (Tshwane 2055), the City of Tshwane aims to create a high-quality, balanced public transport system, executive director of strategy and development and implementation Msizi Myeza noted during a stakeholder consultation forum at the... 

Bolsterless passenger coach bogie for SA conditions

     29th June 2012 Rolling stock manufacturer and refurbishment company DCD Rolling Stock, formerly known as RSD, has developed a new bolsterless fabricated passenger coach bogie specifically designed for South African conditions. 

Construction starts on rapid transport system 

By: Chantelle Kotze     29th June 2012 The first contract of the Rustenburg local municipality’s R3-billion Rustenburg Rapid Transport (RRT) project, aimed at providing 200 000 commuters in Rustenburg with transport from 2015, started on June 18. 

Gautrain passenger numbers to rise

By: Chantelle Kotze     29th June 2012 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) expects the number of regular passengers using the rapid rail transport system to stabilise from July, now that the final leg between Rosebank and Park stations has finally been opened. 

Infrastructure development will create strong economic future

By: Chantelle Kotze     29th June 2012 Road and rail infrastructure improvement projects by entities such as the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), State-owned logistics group Transnet and the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) are highly advantageous for the future of the domestic economy. 

TFR orders R1.8m of concrete walling

By: Chantelle Kotze     29th June 2012 State-owned Transnet Freight Rail (TFR), in April, placed a R1.8-million order with precast concrete products manufacturer Rocla for 600 units of its Alfabloc concrete walling product. 

Gauteng roads need a futureproof plan – MEC

By: Sinette Goosen     28th October 2011 Road infrastructure in Gauteng remains a challenge and the province needs a plan to tackle issues related to the future outlook and layout of road infrastructure and expansions, as well as road safety and upgraded public transport systems, Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said at the... 

Gautrain operations, construction faring well 

By: Sinette Goosen     28th October 2011 Feedback on the newly opened Gautrain route between Hatfield station, in Pretoria and Rosebank station, in Johannesburg, positive. 

Luminaire manufacturer introduces new LED streetlight  

By: Sinette Goosen     28th October 2011 Manufacturer and distributor of technical lighting products Beka has introduced a new energy efficient light-emitting diode (LED) streetlight, which is specifically designed for use on South African roads. 

SA airline reduces fuel consumption

By: Sinette Goosen     28th October 2011 JSE-listed South African airline Comair reports that efforts to reduce its fleet’s fuel consumption are proving successful. 

Solutions provider developing future green mobility solution

By: Sinette Goosen     28th October 2011 Developer of advanced mobility systems GridCars reports that it is focusing its attention on electric commuters (small electric cars and bicycles), which will, in future, form part of a commuter network in cities such as Johannesburg and Pretoria. 

Cranes to ensure speedy railway recovery work

By: Schalk Burger     24th June 2011 Railway product and engineering supply company Yale Engineering Products has secured an order and will supply two 160 t Kirow diesel hydraulic breakdown cranes, currently being manufactured in Germany, to State-owned freight logistics group Transnet’s Rail Engineering (TRE) division, in March or... 

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