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Roads News

Bumpy ride for South African motorists

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th February 2016 The expected rise in Brent crude oil prices, and geopolitical decisions by South Africa will influence the petrol price and vehicle prices in 2016, says the Automobile Association (AA) of South Africa.  According to audit, advisory and tax services firm KPMG automotive sector partner Gavin Maile,... 

Automotive industry highly unlikely to show growth in 2016 – KPMG

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th February 2016 The lacklustre economy, consumers’ desparate financial position and affordability of vehicles are three key areas that will stunt the growth of the South African automotive industry this year, says audit, advisory and tax services firm KPMG. According to KPMG automotive sector partner Gavin... 

Automotive industry highly unlikely to show growth in 2016 – KPMG
Photo by Duane Daws
GRIM YEAR AHEAD FOR MOTOR INDUSTRY The weakened economy has made the auto motive market less conducive for buying and even operating vehicles 

Much Asphalt completes SprayPave acquisition

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2016 Much Asphalt has completed the acquisition of SprayPave, following Competition Commission approval for the transaction, says Much Asphalt MD Bennie Greyling. Much Asphalt is South Africa’s largest manufacturer of asphalt products. 

Joburg kicks off painful Phase 2 M1 upgrade

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2016 The Johannesburg Roads Agency’s (JRA’s) multimillion-rand project to rehabilitate three bridges on the M1 freeway has entered its second phase. This new phase is set to cause major traffic headaches, as construction now moves to the freeway surface, leading to the closure of lanes at certain... 

E-tolls increase will inflict more pain on Gauteng residents – DA

By: African News Agency      18th February 2016 The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday warned that the South African National Roads Agency Limited's (Sanral) decision to increase e-tolls at the end of February was the “last straw to break consumers’ backs”. The DA said predictions for the South African economy in 2016 were dire, and people... 

E-tolls increase will inflict more pain on Gauteng residents – DA

Outa – Toll roads have become cash cows

By: News24Wire      17th February 2016 Civil rights body the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has voiced what it terms its disgust at the mandatory tariff hikes announced by the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) in recent government gazette notices. The Automobile Association (AA) said in a separate statement that it... 

Outa – Toll roads have become cash cows

Aurecon appoints new Angola country manager

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th February 2016 Consulting company Aurecon has appointed Carlos Seara as its Angola country manager, effective March 1. Seara, who has over two decades of experience in the engineering industry, would succeed Tony Barreto dos Santos who would retire at the end of the year. 

Aurecon appoints new Angola country manager

R487m N1 upgrade kicks off in Cape Town 

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2016 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works has started work on Phase 1 of a R487-million upgrade to the N1 freeway around Cape Town. The main contractor is Martin & East. 

R487m N1 upgrade kicks off in Cape Town

Atterbury to develop R850m Ekurhuleni logistics hub

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th February 2016 Atterbury Property Developments is developing a R850-million, 103 000 m2 industrial and business park at the intersection of the N3 highway and Rand Airport road. Atterbury designed the park on a site it acquired in Gosforth Park, Germiston, to provide business space to blue-chip light industrial... 

Atterbury to develop R850m Ekurhuleni logistics hub
Atterbury Property Developments director Coenie Bezuidenhout

Ale launches new flexible widening trailers in South Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th February 2016 Lifting, transporting, installing and ballasting solutions provider Ale has expanded its global fleet of trailers and invested in the latest range of widening trailers that can be mechanically widened from 3 m to the desired width for any project. Ale ordered 48 axle lines of the trailer, which... 

Ale launches new flexible widening trailers in South Africa
WIDENING FLEXIBILITY The trailers have a 3-m-wide (2-file) and 4.3-m-wide (2-file) configuration

Sanral using private debt collectors for e-toll fees – Outa  

By: News24Wire      10th February 2016 The use of an SMS that directs Gauteng e-toll users to pay outstanding fees is illegal, said the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Wednesday. Outa, which changed its name from Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance recently, said it needed the public to “register their dissent” so that it... 

Sanral using private debt collectors for e-toll fees – Outa

Much Asphalt concludes SprayPave acquisition

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2016 Much Asphalt has completed the acquisition of SprayPave, following Competition Commission approval for the transaction, says Much Asphalt MD Bennie Greyling. Much Asphalt is South Africa’s largest manufacturer of asphalt products. The company’s acquisition of SprayPave from construction group... 

Much Asphalt concludes SprayPave acquisition

N2 Wild Coast Road not in breach of EIA – Sanral

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th February 2016 With “misinformation” over the Wild Coast Road project spreading among the local communities along the route, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has defended the project that it believes will bring substantial benefit to Eastern Cape region. The roads agency on Friday called... 

N2 Wild Coast Road not in breach of EIA – Sanral

IDZs and policy implementation key to energy-sector development

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 The continuous progression of South Africa’s industrial development zones (IDZs) and special economic zones (SEZs) as well as the implementation of associated legislation are crucial for the sustainable growth of the energy sector, says supply-chain specialist Bidvest Panalpina Logistics (BPL)... 

IDZs and policy  implementation key to  energy-sector development
DE AAR SOLAR FARM Bidvest Panalpina Logistics was instrumental in the Northern Cape solar power project

Gauteng road-rail vehicle innovator outlines semi-autonomous vision

By: Terence Creamer     29th January 2016 South African road-rail vehicle (RRV) developer RailPro is pursuing a semi-autonomous-vehicle solution, which it believes could open up new market opportunities for its vehicles, which are currently employed primarily in maintenance and repair operations. The company has pioneered a solution that... 

Gauteng road-rail vehicle innovator outlines semi-autonomous vision

Sandton road users warned of ‘short-term pain’ as road upgrades set to continue into 2016 

By: Natalie Greve     29th January 2016 Road construction under way in the Sandton central business district (CBD) is set to continue for the majority of 2016, with the City of Johannesburg investing R180-million in sweeping improvements to roads and pavements in the country’s financial and commercial hub.   “It’s a welcome investment... 

Sandton road users warned of ‘short-term pain’ as road upgrades set to continue into 2016

Committee corrects Outa e-toll statement  

By: News24Wire      27th January 2016 The Portfolio Committee on Transport said on Wednesday that it erroneously stated that the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) is not opposed to e-tolling. "The committee acknowledges and regrets this error. Outa is not opposed to the user-pay-principle, but has issue with the method of... 

Committee corrects Outa e-toll statement

Outa slams statement that it does not oppose e-tolls

By: News24Wire      27th January 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) said it is "astonished and incensed" by acting chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport Leonard Ramatlakane's assertion that the civil rights body is not opposed to Gauteng's e-tolls. Ramatlakane said in a statement on Tuesday... 

Outa slams statement that it does not oppose e-tolls

Fuel levy not for Gauteng freeways – Parliament

By: News24Wire      26th January 2016 Using the fuel levy to replace Gauteng’s e-toll system will cause services to the poor to suffer, Parliament’s transport committee said on Tuesday. Acting committee chairperson Leonard Ramatlakane said the levy was not collected for road maintenance, but was part of how government raised funds to... 

Fuel levy not for Gauteng freeways – Parliament

E-tolls must go, Outa tells Parliament  

By: News24Wire      26th January 2016 A single mother should not have to worry about having enough funds to pay for e-tolls at the end of the month, on top of everything else. This was one of the arguments that the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) – previously known as the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance – put to Parliament... 

E-tolls must go, Outa tells Parliament

Outa to brief parliamentary committee

By: News24Wire      26th January 2016 The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) will brief Parliament's portfolio committee on transport on Tuesday on alternative mechanisms for financing e-tolls. Outa was asked to brief the committee on potential consequences of the planned e-toll regulatory amendments, concerns around toll... 

Outa to brief parliamentary committee

Transport-focused Aerotropolis aims to catalyse economic growth in east Gauteng

By: Schalk Burger     22nd January 2016 The Aerotropolis development taking place along the eastern outskirts of Gauteng around the OR Tambo International Airport aims to leverage the airport and related road and rail transport links to spur economic development in the region. The project aims to grow a functional economy through the... 

Transport-focused Aerotropolis aims to catalyse economic growth in east Gauteng

Group Five given deadline to plead before competition authorities

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2016 The Competition Tribunal has given Group Five 20 business days to plead to charges relating to a case where it entered a collusive tendering agreement with construction companies WBHO and Murray & Roberts (M&R) in a 2006 project for the South African National Roads Agency. This followed an... 

Group Five given deadline to plead before competition authorities

Outa mulls legality of Sanral SMSs to motorists

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th January 2016 The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) is investigating whether the latest messages sent by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to motorists with outstanding e-toll bills were unlawful in terms of the communications framework governing South Africa. Outa chairperson... 

Outa mulls legality of Sanral SMSs to motorists

SA festive season road deaths climb, 1 700 killed – Peters 

By: African News Agency      12th January 2016 Preliminary figures show more than 1 700 people died on South African roads over the festive season, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Tuesday. “In the period between December 1 (2015) and January 11 (2016) the 1 387 fatal crashes experienced on the roads represents 11% increase in the... 

SA festive season road deaths climb, 1 700 killed – Peters

OUTA warns against traffic law changes

By: African News Agency      7th January 2016 The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) on Thursday said government had received more than 117 000 submissions in response to proposed amendments to the Administrative Adjudication of Traffic Offences Act (Aarto Act), which compel offenders to pay fines and e-tolls. Outa chairperson Wayne... 

OUTA warns against traffic law changes

Sanral speaks out on proposed AARTO amendments

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th January 2016 South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Wednesday said the failure to pay toll fees had been an infringement under the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (AARTO) since 2008. This was in response to reports by the Opposition to Urban Tolling (Outa) that the... 

Sanral speaks out on proposed AARTO amendments

Outa gets more than 70 000 responses on proposed e-toll amendments

By: News24Wire      6th January 2016 The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said it has received more than 70 000 responses following a new proposal on e-tolls. The amendments were published in the Government Gazette by the Department of Transport in December. The main purpose of the changes was to accommodate the inclusion... 

Outa gets more than 70 000 responses on proposed e-toll amendments

US EPA sues VW, Audi and Porsche for alleged Clean Air Act violations

By: Henry Lazenby     5th January 2016 The US Department of Justice on Monday filed a federal court civil complaint in Detroit, Michigan on behalf of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against German automotive manufacturers Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche, collectively referred to as Volkswagen. The complaint alleged that... 

US EPA sues VW, Audi and Porsche for alleged Clean Air Act violations

Happy new year as petrol price stays the same

By: News24Wire      31st December 2015 On the eve of the New Year, the Department of Energy had some good news for consumers, announcing that there will be no change in the retail price of 93 (ULP and LRP) petrol in January and that the retail price of 95 (ULP and LRP) petrol will be going down by 3 cents per litre on January 6,... 

Happy new year as petrol price stays the same

AA: SA petrol price hit by Nenegate rand meltdown

By: News24Wire      30th December 2015 The Automobile Association (AA) has warned that instability in institutions such as the National Treasury has negative implications on the economy which could lead to an increase in the price of petrol. "By now the government cannot be unaware of the economic implications of removing stability... 

AA: SA petrol price hit by Nenegate rand meltdown

SA tourism should use opportunities in US market - expert

By: News24Wire      29th December 2015 South Africa can benefit from the American travel industry by looking online to reach this internet-savvy market, according to Mariette du Toit-Helmbold, owner of Destinate, a destination marketing agency. "Americans have little to no annual leave. An annual survey by Expedia in 2014 showed that... 

SA tourism should use opportunities in US market - expert

Beitbridge border between South Africa and Zimbabwe remains busy

By: African News Agency      23rd December 2015 Zimbabweans and South Africans crossing the border at the Beitbridge border post might be filled with a little festive cheer on hearing that that things are running smoothly and efficiently this week despite an additional 17 000 travellers being processed there daily. A statement released by the... 

Beitbridge border between South Africa and Zimbabwe remains busy

Cape Town invests R750m to fix traffic congestion

By: News24Wire      11th December 2015 The City of Cape Town’s Council endorsed a Congestion Management Programme on Thursday that will aim to address traffic congestion problems in the city. The Congestion Management Programme sets out the expenditure, infrastructure projects and other interventions to improve the traffic situation. 

Cape Town invests R750m to fix traffic congestion

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

Bakwena records 25% decrease in fatalities in 2015

By: Zandile Mavuso     11th December 2015 Fatalities on the N1/N4 route have decreased by 25% over 2015 as compared to 2014, reports toll concession company Bakwena. 

M1 highway gets R210m facelift

     11th December 2015 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) will spend a total of R210-million to upgrade the M1 highway bridges and associated stormwater drainage systems, says the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA). The project, which started on November 16, forms part of the CoJ’s R365-million programme to upgrade the M1 and... 

M1 highway gets  R210m facelift
Photo by Duane Daws
M1 HIGHWAY The M1 and M2 upgrades form part of the City of Johannesburg's 2040 Growth and Development Strategy

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