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Roads News

Transport management needs macroeconomic approach, urges logistics professor

By: Shirley le Guern     7th September 2015 South Africa is a transport challenged country and, although transport-related issues should be a government priority, this is not the case and government has not yet mastered managing transport and logistics from a macroeconomic perspective, Stellenbosch University (SU) logistics professor Jan... 

Streamlined industrial group focusing on high-barrier-to-entry markets

By: Schalk Burger     4th September 2015 Industrial and logistics company KAP posted robust results for the 2015 financial year, ended June 30, including reducing its debt-to-equity ratio from 40% to 27%, in a tough and competitive environment. The board and management are “comfortable” with the streamlined structure and performance of... 

South Africa short on up to 250 ITS specialists 

By: Irma Venter     3rd September 2015 Conservatively speaking, South Africa is short between 150 and 250 intelligent transport system (ITS) engineers, technologists and technicians. This shortage exists in the private and public sectors, with the latter especially hard hit, says Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa CEO Dr... 

South Africa short on up to 250 ITS specialists

Transport department to run eNaTIS soon

By: RDM News Wire      31st August 2015 The high court in Pretoria has struck another blow to the technology company that is trying to hold on to the lucrative contract to operate the electronic national administration traffic information system (eNaTIS). Judge Wendy Hughes on Friday last week approved the Department of Transport’s... 

Transport department to run eNaTIS soon

JRA to invest R99m in existing road improvements

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th August 2015 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) will spend R99-million to improve and maintain road infrastructure in the city’s B region. The B region included relatively developed suburbs such as Windsor, Albertville, Blairgowrie, Bryanston, Bosmont, Coronationville, Cresta, Emmarentia, Greenside,... 

JRA to invest R99m in existing road improvements

Alli's 'olive branch' to De Lille over tolling

By: News24Wire      27th August 2015 Sanral CEO Nazir Alli wrote to the city to seek a “win-win solution” and avoid legal action over tolling, but at the same time he said tolls were the only way to fund a project to upgrade roads. This emerged from correspondence between mayor Patricia de Lille and Sanral after the parastatal... 

Alli's 'olive branch' to De Lille over tolling
Photo by Duane Daws
Sanral CEO Nazir Alli

Sars’ customs legislation overhaul to be rolled out in phases

By: Natasha Odendaal     25th August 2015 The South African Revenue Service (Sars) plans to unpack a number of new Acts that will change the landscape of the customs framework, and will provide some highlights of what to expect from an Act that has left the freight transportation industry somewhat apprehensive, within the next two... 

Sars’ customs legislation overhaul to be rolled out in phases

City makes us out as a monster – Sanral 

By: News24Wire      24th August 2015 South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has claimed it, and not Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, made an offer to resolve a court feud over proposed tolling in the city. Correspondence between the parties showed the parastatal had been anything but silent on the matter, Sanral... 

City makes us out as a monster – Sanral

JDA kicks off next phase of BRT construction, warns of road closures

By: Natalie Greve     21st August 2015 Advancing development of what it describes as a sophisticated public transport network, the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) has started the implementation of Phase 1C of the bus-rapid transit (BRT) roadworks along Louis Botha avenue, between Parktown and Wynberg, and along Katherine street,... 

JDA kicks off next phase of BRT construction, warns of road closures

New acquisitions see OneLogix diversify further from auto sector

By: Irma Venter     20th August 2015 “This year was an eventful one for us, having concluded a number of significant acquisitions, as well as the sale of PostNet. We also introduced a new empowerment partner, Kagiso Capital, and put a staff share participation scheme in place,” said OneLogix CEO Ian Lourens on Thursday as he... 

New acquisitions see OneLogix diversify further from auto sector

KAP posts good growth in competitive environment

By: Schalk Burger     19th August 2015 Industrial and logistics company KAP on Wednesday posted robust results for the 2015 financial year, ended June 30, including reducing its debt-to-equity ratio from 40% to 27%, in a tough and competitive environment. The board and management were “comfortable” with the streamlined structure and... 

Judgment reserved in City vs Sanral tolls case 

By: African News Agency      18th August 2015 he City of Cape Town has urged the Western Cape High Court to consider the “interests of justice” when it rules on its application to have Sanral’s decision to toll roads in the Cape Winelands reviewed and set aside. The City’s advocate Geoff Budlender SC urged Judge Ashley Binns-Ward to condone... 

Judgment reserved in City vs Sanral tolls case

City wants to avoid another Gauteng toll debacle 

By: News24Wire      18th August 2015 The City of Cape Town has expressed its concern that the SA National Roads Agency’s (Sanral) decision to toll roads in the Cape Winelands may follow the same contentious route as in Gauteng. The city has brought an application to have Sanral's decision to toll sections of the N1 and N2 highways... 

City wants to avoid another Gauteng toll debacle

Activist groups slam celebrity e-tolls campaign

By: News24Wire      17th August 2015 Activist groups on Monday lambasted Sanral's new advertising campaign in which the national roads agency uses celebrities to endorse the controversial e-tolls system. The Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) accused the Gauteng Provincial Government of wasting money on the campaign, while the... 

Activist groups slam celebrity e-tolls campaign

Judge in toll roads case says City has ‘not been strong on explanation’ for delay of its application 

By: African News Agency      17th August 2015 A Western Cape high court judge has questioned how the court should deal with “the issue of delay, as the City has not been strong on explanation” in this regard in its application to have a decision to toll portions of the N1 and N2 set aside. The Western Cape High Court has been hearing... 

Judge in toll roads case says City has ‘not been strong on explanation’ for delay of its application

Improved logistics make SA roads safer

     14th August 2015 As the single largest group of drivers and road users are the long haul drivers, an improvement in the performance of this influential group will have a significant impact on road safety, states management consultancy the Confidant Group CEO Chantal Walley, “In any enterprise, hiring the right... 

Improved  logistics make  SA roads safer
Photo by Duane Daws
PERFORMANCE BOOST Long distance driving requires specific talent that can achieve clear, measureable performance standards

Maluti-a-Phofung SEZ aims to bolster logistics efficiency along key trade routes

By: Schalk Burger     14th August 2015 The R4.8-billion, 1 000 ha Maluti-a-Phofung special economic zone (SEZ) being built near Harrismith at the foothills of the northern Drakensberg (also known as the Maluti) mountains will provide road and rail logistics and handling facilities for the Gauteng–Durban port corridor and link it to... 

Maluti-a-Phofung SEZ aims to bolster logistics efficiency along key trade routes

Seat turnover seen as key to MyCiti’s future financial sustainability

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2015 Cape Town’s MyCiti bus service has improved its fare-revenue-to-cost ratio from 30% in 2013/2014 – where fares cover 30% of direct vehicle operating costs – to 40% in 2014/2015, says Gibb transportation south section unit manager Andrew Bulman. As a consulting engineering firm Gibb provides... 

Transnet launches carbon calculator app 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th August 2015 State-owned Transnet has developed a new app that allows users to calculate their carbon emissions savings when they elect to move their freight on rail instead of by road. The carbon calculator app would also enable corporate reporting on transport carbon emissions. 

Transnet launches carbon calculator app

Court asked to terminate eNatis contract immediately 

By: RDM News Wire      13th August 2015 The Department of Transport has resorted to the High Court in Pretoria in a bid to enforce an order to terminate immediately a multibillion rand contract with the company that manages the country’s electronic national traffic information system (eNatis). The department on Wednesday asked Judge... 

Court asked to terminate eNatis contract immediately

Road resurfacing between Milnerton, Melkbosstrand on schedule

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th August 2015 The R71-million resurfacing of the R27 between Milnerton and Melkbosstrand is progressing well, the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works said on Wednesday. Edge-break repairs and the supplementation of gravel shoulders between the Melkbosstrand road and Tryall road intersections... 

Road resurfacing between Milnerton, Melkbosstrand on schedule

South Africa’s supply chains face a looming crisis, warns CIPS

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th August 2015 About 35% of South Africa’s supply chain managers have revealed that their employers failed to equip them with the new skills they need to fulfill the demands of their jobs and avert major crises, which could possibly lead to a supply chain crisis, education and qualification body, the Chartered... 

South Africa’s supply chains face a looming crisis, warns CIPS

Sanral's Cape toll plan discriminatory, City argues

By: News24Wire      12th August 2015 The SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) did not take into consideration that its decisions would unfairly discriminate against poor people, according to the City of Cape Town. "It's poor people that live alongside the N1 and N2. The wealthy live in the suburbs and the Atlantic Seaboard," senior... 

Sanral's Cape toll plan discriminatory, City argues

Stellenbosch roads project nears completion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th August 2015 The R148-million road upgrade between Stellenbosch arterial road and Polkadraai road in Kuilsrivier is expected to be completed in September. Construction started in October 2013, following urgent repairs required on the main road between the Strand/Van Riebeeck road intersection and the... 

Stellenbosch roads project nears completion

City of Cape Town argues that Sanral board could not have made a decision through ‘osmosis’ 

By: African News Agency      11th August 2015 Sanral used an “irrational” procedure when it made the decision to go ahead with tolling the N1 and N2, the City of Cape Town has argued in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday. The court was hearing the City of Cape Town’s application to have the South African National Road Agency Limited’s... 

City of Cape Town argues that Sanral board could not have made a decision through ‘osmosis’

Tosas

     7th August 2015 Established in 1972 as a joint venture between petrochemicals majors Sasol and Total, bituminous products manufacturer, supplier and applicator Tosas has been supplying high-quality bituminous products across Southern Africa for more than four decades. The company specialises in the modification... 

Tosas

JRA seeks to empower women in construction sector

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th August 2015 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) will, as part of Women’s Month, continue to focus on empowering women in the construction industry. Speaking at a media briefing on Thursday, JRA chairperson Jackie Manche said that, in recent years, the agency had provided training for women in construction... 

JRA seeks to empower women in construction sector

Rehabilitation work on M1 freeway to start in Sept

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th August 2015 Residents of Johannesburg are urged to make greater use of the city’s public transport systems, including Metrobus, Rea Vaya and the Gautrain, from September, when the Johannesburg Roads Agency embarks on a R365-million contract to upgrade the Soweto Freeway, as well as the M1 and M2 highways to... 

Rehabilitation work on M1 freeway to start in Sept

Sanral slams Wayne Duvenage over numbers 

By: News24Wire      6th August 2015 Angrily tampering with figures to make a point was not contributing to a rational approach on the question of e-tolls, the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) cautioned on Wednesday. Sanral said this is what Wayne Duvenage of the Opposition To Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) has done when... 

Sanral slams Wayne Duvenage over numbers

Sanral claims increase in revenues from e-tolling 

By: Natalie Greve     5th August 2015 The payment of e-tolls by Gauteng commuters was on the rise, despite accusations by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance to the latter, the South African Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Wednesday. Sanral CFO Inge Mulder said in a statement that, following the announcement of a panel... 

Sanral claims increase in revenues from e-tolling

Vacations drew tourists in 2014 but foreign arrivals down

By: Sashnee Moodley     4th August 2015 Vacationing was the main reason for tourists to visit South Africa in 2014, with a significant majority of 95.7% of tourists on holiday, while business travel and students made up less than 4% of tourists.  

Vacations drew tourists in 2014 but foreign arrivals down

E-toll testing kicks off in Durban

By: News24Wire      4th August 2015 An e-toll collection system (ETC) testing phase has commenced on the N3 Toll Route between Durban and Gauteng. N3 Toll Concession marketing manager, Andy Visser, told Fin24 that the testing phase will continue for two to three months. 

E-toll testing kicks off in Durban

Outa derides e-toll statistics

By: News24Wire      4th August 2015 The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) has derided Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters’ report on statistics showing an increase in e-toll collections. According to Outa, Peters' comparison of e-toll collections for May and June with the preceding seven months was misleading. 

Outa derides e-toll statistics

Sanral embarks on R2.2bn worth of projects in the Eastern Cape  

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2015 State-owned South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is undertaking 32 projects, totalling R2.2-billion, in the Eastern Cape, this year. 

Sanral embarks on R2.2bn worth of projects in the Eastern Cape
Sanral CEO Nazir Alli

Notorious Moloto Road now part of Sanral network

By: SANews, SA government news service     3rd August 2015 One of South Africa’s most dangerous roads, the Moloto Road which runs north of Pretoria and passes through three provinces, has been incorporated into the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) road network. The government gazette announcing the incorporation was published on 29 July. 

Notorious Moloto Road now part of Sanral network

As others embrace autonomous driving, SA faces dirty fuel, connectivity roadblocks  

By: Irma Venter     31st July 2015 Daimler truck test engineer Dirk Stranz pushes one button, and then retracts his hands from the steering wheel of the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025. “And now the truck is driving itself.” 

As others embrace autonomous driving, SA faces dirty fuel,  connectivity roadblocks
To watch a video in which Irma Venter takes a ride with Daimler truck test engineer Dirk Stranz in the Future Truck 2025, scan the barcode with your phone's QR reader, or go to Video Reports on www.engineeringnews.co.za. Video by Irma Venter.

E-tolls: Legal glitch halts licence discs being withheld 

By: News24Wire      29th July 2015 A glitch in a law that would halt the issuing of vehicle licence discs to drivers with unpaid e-toll bills means non-compliant Gauteng road users won’t have anything to fear – for now. The Department of Transport’s Gazette 38997, released on 17 July 2015, referenced an e-road regulation that had... 

E-tolls: Legal glitch halts licence discs being withheld

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