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Roads News

Treasury says investor confidence in Sanral improves

By: Natasha Odendaal     Updated 3 hours ago Despite ongoing uncertainty surrounding the fee collection for the much-contested e-tolling of certain Gauteng freeways by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), the National Treasury believes investor confidence has returned to the agency following the conclusion of two... 

Ten firms express interest in Kenya road building partnership

By: Reuters     20th February 2017 Ten companies have expressed interest in building a major road project from Nairobi into the Rift Valley and managing it for 30 years, Kenya's Public Private Partnership Unit (PPPU) has said in a statement. The East African nation is seeking more private investment to maintain the pace of... 

Further disruptions to Johannesburg traffic as another M1 lane closes

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th February 2017 Commuters in Johannesburg must once again prepare for further traffic setbacks, as the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) will, from February 16, close one of the four southbound lanes of the double decker bridge. This lane closure, which forms part of the JRA’s overall rehabilitation programme for... 

Further disruptions to Johannesburg traffic as another M1 lane closes

Sanral, City of Cape Town to co-operate after tolls judgment 

By: News24Wire      13th February 2017 The City of Cape Town and Sanral on Sunday affirmed their willingness to work together after the roads agency lost a court appeal over tolls for the N1 and N2 highways. "The City is willing to partner with Sanral and provide some of the funding for the necessary projects," said Cape Town mayor... 

New era for automotive industry

By: Robyn Wilkinson     10th February 2017 The technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector is rapidly disrupting traditional ways of making and selling products across all sectors, including in the automotive industry, where technological advancement is radically influencing the way in which vehicles are manufactured and sold... 

New era for automotive industry
TECHNOLOGY TAKE OVER Driverless vehicles will soon become a reality with extensive research and testing underway globally

Gauteng aims to introduce greener freight logistics

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     9th February 2017 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport on Thursday signed a joint declaration of intent with the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety for cooperation in the field of green logistics. The German ministry had previously commissioned... 

Gauteng aims to introduce greener freight logistics

Outa calls on Ministers to establish commission of inquiry into ‘excessive’ GFIP costs 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th February 2017 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Monday called on Transport Minister Dipuo Peters and Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to intervene and commit to introducing a commission of inquiry into the “excessive costs” of the first phase of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP),... 

Outa calls on Ministers to establish commission of inquiry into ‘excessive’ GFIP costs
Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage says the organisation still believes the first phase of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project was overpriced. Video and editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Johannesburg commuters in for more backlogs on M1

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th January 2017 Johannesburg commuters frequenting the double-decker bridge section on the M1 should prepare for more disruptions between February 4 and 18, as two of the four northbound lanes will be closed during off-peak hours, the Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) said on Monday. During peak hour traffic, this... 

Johannesburg commuters in for more backlogs on M1

AfDB says gives Comoros $20m for road network

By: Reuters     26th January 2017 The African Development Bank is giving Comoros a $20.4-million grant to help it improve and expand its road networks, a move that will boost its agriculture and tourism sectors. The islands have few natural resources and largely rely on exports such as cloves and vanilla, remittances from... 

Awards boost drivercentric approach to managing truck drivers

By: Schalk Burger     20th January 2017 Commercial vehicle insurance firm Regent’s Highway Heroes campaign recognises the skill required to safely and efficiently handle a freight vehicle on South Africa’s and Southern Africa’s testing roads, and has demonstrated the benefits of driver-centric initiatives to improve awareness and safe... 

Awards boost drivercentric approach to managing  truck drivers
PAUL DANGERFIELD, LAWRENCE MATAVIRE, WAYNE RAUTENBACH The campaign reminds us how important truck drivers are to the economy

Cost, rather than value, still driving SA’s transport investments

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2017 South Africa’s transport procurement system is often driven by cost, rather than value, says Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. “We tend to look for the lowest-cost supplier of services and equipment and not always the best value. The problem with this is... 

Sanral rehabilitation project derisks Uitenhage power failures 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th January 2017 The completion of an R80-million slope stabilisation engineering project in Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan region, in the Eastern Cape, has prevented the risk of damage to power cables and related blackouts in Uitenhage. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Tuesday... 

Sanral rehabilitation project derisks Uitenhage power failures

Transport Minister reports 5% increase in festive season road deaths

By: African News Agency      10th January 2017 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Tuesday blamed unqualified and reckless drivers for the significant increase in road crashes and fatalities that occurred during the past festive season, saying that drivers needed to change their behaviour on the roads. According to the Road Traffic Management... 

Sanral inclusive approach to ease roads tax burden – Outa 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st December 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Wednesday welcomed South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) newly appointed CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma’s statement that the agency will be “looking to achieve a balanced funding portfolio with fuel tax-based revenue, as well as toll... 

Sanral inclusive approach to ease roads tax burden – Outa

RTMC supports initiatives to improve compliance in road users

By: Sane Dhlamini     20th December 2016 The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has come out in support of municipal initiatives to improve compliance, which will see local traffic departments confiscating cell phones, as well as imposing heavy fines on drivers who do not have licenses. RTMC CEO Advocate Makhosini Msibi said... 

RTMC supports initiatives to improve compliance in road users

Western Cape roads upgrades progressing to plan

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th December 2016 A R178-million Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) project to rehabilitate and resurface sections of the R311 and R45 in the Moorreesburg area is progressing well, it said on Tuesday. Construction started in June 2015 and is now scheduled for completion by July 2017,... 

Sanral embarks on R226m road resurfacing project  

By: Ilan Solomons     19th December 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has announced a R226-million road resurfacing project between the Eastern Cape towns of Grahamstown and Fort Beaufort.    Resurfacing of the R67 from Grahamstown to Fort Beaufort will commence in January and is set to be completed by... 

Saxdowns road in Kuils River now open to commuters

By: African News Agency      15th December 2016 Kuils River near Cape Town has a new bridge after the Saxdowns road and bridge was officially opened to traffic on Thursday, the City of Cape Town’s transport authority said. The 1.8 km section of Saxdowns road features a new 25 m bridge which stretches over the Bottelary river. 

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... 

BRT bridge to be completed by  end of February
BUILDING BRIDGES The bridge linking the Alexandra township with the affluent Sandton region is a symbolic and practical way of addressing mobility issues that resulted from Apartheid-era spatial planning

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

Eastern Cape SMMEs to manufacture dolosse for N2 refurbishment project

By: David Oliveira     25th November 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) announced last month the appointment of four small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the Eastern Cape to manufacture interlocking concrete blocks, known as dolosse. The roads agency, which has a responsibility to protect its... 

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

M1 bridge rehabilitation projects’ completion delayed to late 2017

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     17th November 2016 The Johannesburg Roads Agency’s (JRA’s) M1 bridge rehabilitation projects will now only be completed towards the end of 2017, owing to unforeseen events, including sporadic labour unrest and geotechnical complications. Improvements to the Oxford and Federation bridges, as well as the M1’s Double... 

M1 bridge rehabilitation projects’ completion delayed to late 2017

Joburg flash floods down to various causes - authorities 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     10th November 2016 Following heavy rains that led to flash flooding on key roads around Johannesburg on Wednesday afternoon, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has assembled a team of engineers to inspect its Gauteng network for damage. Sanral will also appoint engineers to investigate the... 

Joburg flash floods down to various causes - authorities

Roads Agency Limpopo board to continue turnaround strategy

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     8th November 2016 Limpopo Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure MEC Jerry Ndou has reappointed the Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) board for another three years, providing it with a mandate to continue turning the agency around. Ndou expressed gratitude for the agency's “rapidly improving financial situation”, which... 

Roads Agency Limpopo board to continue turnaround strategy

Rehab of Pretoria–Bela-Bela stretch of N1 set for completion by the end of 2017

By: Irma Venter     4th November 2016 The R396-million, 80 km rehabilitation of the N1 highway between Pretoria and Bela-Bela is 80% complete. The project should be wrapped up by the end of 2017, with R123-million to be spent next year, says Bakwena Platinum N1N4 CEO Graeme Blewitt. 

Sandton bicycle lanes still on agenda

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     3rd November 2016 The City of Johannesburg will go ahead with plans to roll out bicycle lanes in and around Sandton, despite having the R70-million budget reallocated for projects in the Alexandra township. Newly elected mayor Herman Mashaba had noted that the funds would be reallocated, which caused confusion... 

Sandton bicycle lanes still on agenda

2019 target set for launch of Gauteng Transport Authority

By: Irma Venter     28th October 2016 Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi aims to have the Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA) in place before the 2019 national and provincial elections, which could see his tenure come to an end. The GTA will be a legally constituted public transport authority with legal powers, reaching... 

Funding, procurement for road infrastructure projects problematic

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 The methods of acquiring funding, as well as the public procurement process for road infrastructure projects need to be re-examined, as current models are problematic, says civil engineering consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Africa. WSP | Parsons transport and infrastructure divisional... 

Funding, procurement for road  infrastructure projects problematic
CAUTION CURVES AHEAD Challenges pertaining to the country's economy, government funding and public procurement has made it increasingly more difficult to develop road infrastructure

Government initiatives result in more road lighting projects

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 The South African government’s drive to implement energy efficiency practices and maximise energy savings, along with its work with municipalities and State-owned power utility Eskom in the electrification of informal settlements and rural areas, has ensured that there are more opportunities for... 

Government initiatives  result in more road  lighting projects
DE HOEK PLAZA BEKA Schréder’s LEDlume-midi streetlight luminaires and its OMNIstar floodlights were used for the N3 Toll Plaza projects

Industry body calls for elimination of lead in road marking paint

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 Paint manufacturers organisation South African Paint Manufacturing Association (Sapma) executive director Deryck Spence has approached the national standards authority South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) to request that it reformulates specifications for the use of lead pigments in road... 

Industry body calls for elimination of lead in  road marking paint
DANGERS UNDERFOOT Friction caused by vehicles tyres erodes the lead paint, which could result in pedestrians or drivers inhaling minuscule amounts of lead particulates

N7 upgrade enhances safety and set to facilitate traffic flow

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 Civil engineering consultants SMEC South Africa  recently successfully completed the R400-million National Route 7 (N7) upgrade, which included the realignment and widening of the road to improve safety and enhance traffic flow. Completed in April, the reconstruction project was carried out on a... 

N7 upgrade enhances safety and set to  facilitate traffic flow
NEW & IMPROVED The R400-million N7 upgrade was carried out on a 27.7 km portion of road between the Western Cape towns of Citrusdal and Clanwilliam

R100-billion infrastructure investment enhances safety and mobility

By: Nadine James     28th October 2016 As part of the City of Johannesburg’s ten-year R100-billion investment in infrastructure, the city’s road infrastructure authority the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) investigated the state and quality of the 814 bridges in Johannesburg, and set out to construct and rehabilitate bridges in the... 

R100-billion infrastructure investment enhances  safety and mobility
NALEDI-PROTEA NORTH BRIDGE Construction on the bridge that now links the two Soweto suburbs started in 2014

Logistics Barometer highlights paradox of local industry 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th October 2016 If South Africa invests more in beneficiating more of its raw materials, the logistics costs relative to gross domestic product (GDP) will drop, which will, in turn, contribute to job creation and grow the economy, Stellenbosch University (SU) logistics professor Jan Havenga said on Thursday. For... 

Logistics Barometer highlights paradox of local industry
Stellenbosch University logistics professor Jan Havenga

Investment in infrastructure remains government priority

By: Anine Kilian     26th October 2016 Government has budgeted R987.4-billion for infrastructure over the next three years, with large investments continuing in energy, transport and telecommunications, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said during the presentation of the 2016 Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on Wednesday. He... 

Investment in infrastructure remains government priority

Sanral defends N2 Wild Coast toll road project economics 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th October 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) this week reiterated the economic opportunities that will be created as a result of its N2 Wild Coast toll road project. This followed the release of a study, commissioned by Sustaining the Wild Coast, that challenges the economic validity... 

Cape Town to acquire ten electric buses in R126m deal 

By: Irma Venter     24th October 2016 The City of Cape Town has awarded the tender for the procurement of ten electric buses and their necessary ancillary equipment for the MyCiTi service to the Chinese BYD conglomerate. A tender for the low-floor electric buses was advertised in February and awarded in September. 

Cape Town to acquire ten electric buses in R126m deal
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