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Roads News

Makhura: E-tolls critical for JHB roads 

By: News24Wire      8th May 2015 The money collected from e-tolls was essential in upgrading Johannesburg’s transport infrastructure, Gauteng premier David Makhura said on Thursday. “The financing of that infrastructure is important,” he told Fin24. “Contributions by residents of our province is important, but we have always... 

Sections of Joburg highways to be upgraded

By: SANews, SA government news service     7th May 2015 Key sections of the Johannesburg highway system will soon be upgraded to world-class standards, but none of these roads will be tolled. This was the assurance given by Executive Mayor Parks Tau in his 2015 State of the City Address on Wednesday. 

Sections of Joburg highways to be upgraded

Bill allowing for Road Accident Fund replacement published

By: News24Wire      6th May 2015 A new bill that provides for the replacement of the Road Accident Fund (RAF) with a new agency has been published for comment, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Tuesday. In her department's budget speech in Parliament, Peters said the Road Accident Benefit Scheme (Rabs) Bill provided for... 

Bill allowing for Road Accident Fund replacement published

More funding needed for transport – Peters

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th May 2015 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Tuesday said her department had a budget of R53.7-billion for 2015/16 to meet the transport needs of the country. Speaking at a media briefing prior to her budget vote, she added that the department’s budget would increase to R59.3-billion in 2017/18. 

More funding needed for transport – Peters

Company tackles haul truck dust emissions

By: Bruce Montiea     1st May 2015 International research, using human health and environment protection agency the US Environmental Protection Agency’s emissions factors for unpaved haul roads, indicates that haul trucks generate the most dust emissions from surface mining sites, accounting for between 78% and 97% of total dust... 

Company tackles haul truck dust emissions
TREATED ROAD SURFACE Haul road surface treated with the Dust-A-Side bituminous-based product

Two Côte d’Ivoire roads contracts awarded

By: Zandile Mavuso     30th April 2015 The Ivorian Ministry of Economic Infrastructure has awarded construction company Louis Berger a $1.76-million construction supervision contract for two roads in Côte d'Ivoire. 

Construction to start on A Re Yeng lines 2B, 2C later this year

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     20th April 2015 Construction on Line 2B of Pretoria’s A Re Yeng bus-rapid transit (BRT) system would start in August, while construction on Line 2C would start in November, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has revealed. Line 2B will run between Hatfield and Menlyn and Line 2C between Menlyn and Denneboom, in... 

Construction to start on A Re Yeng lines 2B, 2C later this year

Conventional bus services being ‘neglected and strangled’

By: Irma Venter     17th April 2015 There is a disparity in government funding provided to integrated transport networks – bus rapid transit (BRT) networks ¬¬– and that given to conventional bus services, says Putco executive director Thys Heyns. “We have neglected and strangled conventional bus services to the point where the... 

MiX Telematics developing app to test truck driver fatigue

By: Irma Venter     16th April 2015 MiX Telematics, in conjunction with Manspec Selection and Development Services, is developing a smart device app that tests the level of fatigue of truck drivers before they get behind the wheel. The test lasts 40 to 50 seconds, says MiX Telematics sales director Africa Steven Sutherland. 

 MiX Telematics developing app to test truck driver fatigue

Government to find solution to Harrismith Hub

By: SANews, SA government news service     13th April 2015 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says government intends to find a solution to the Harrismith Hub and N3 De Beers Pass developments. “I am here to assure you that government through the SIP2 Task Team will find a win–win solution to the Harrismith Hub and N3 De Beers Pass developments,” she said. 

Government to find solution to Harrismith Hub

Fewer and fewer motorists pay e-tolls – Outa 

By: News24Wire      10th April 2015 The South African National Roads Agency's (Sanral's) inability to enforce the e-toll policy in Gauteng and growing public anger and civil disobedience have resulted in monthly e-toll revenue collection of about R60-million by the end of February 2015, with not even 23% of users paying for the use... 

Fewer and fewer motorists pay e-tolls – Outa

City of Cape Town begins R24m road rehab project

By: Sashnee Moodley     9th April 2015 The City of Cape Town this week enforced lane closures at the intersection of Strand and Adderley streets, as it began the R24-million rehabilitation of the intersection. 

City of Cape Town begins R24m road rehab project

Camps Bay drive to undergo R20m refurbishment

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th April 2015 The City of Cape Town will be undertaking a R20-million roadworks project along Camps Bay drive, for the first time in 30 years, with road closures expected for general traffic from April 20. The project would see the road being widened by 1.4 m on the Table Mountain side between Geneva drive and... 

Camps Bay drive to undergo R20m refurbishment

Firm moves to deploy fuel-payment system across African markets

By: Schalk Burger     3rd April 2015 The Payment24 fuel payment and driver management system can be deployed using existing equipment and system present at most fuel station forecourts, and the system is in demand in developing countries. Information and communications technology company Paradigm will expand its fuel management... 

Firm moves to deploy fuel-payment system  across African markets
SHADAB RAHIL The low-cost of deployment and the use of existing equipment at fuel retailers has resulted in good demand for the Payment24 system in developing markets

Sanral breaks its silence on Cape toll 'secret' 

By: News24Wire      2nd April 2015 Toll tariffs for the proposed N1 and N2 Winelands toll roads in the Western Cape have not been set, the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) said on Wednesday. These tariffs will only be set by the minister of transport once the competitive bidding process for the road is complete,... 

Sanral breaks its silence on Cape toll 'secret'

First Gauteng tender decided in public 

By: Natalie Greve     1st April 2015 Throwing open a process often criticised for its lack of transparency and frequent irregularities, the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) for the first time on Wednesday opened the adjudication of a tender to the public, describing it as an effort to improve transparency in the awarding of... 

First Gauteng tender decided in public
Barbara Creecy

R38bn Sanral toll contract increase questioned 

By: News24Wire      1st April 2015 How did a R10-billion contract to build two Western Cape toll roads turn into a R48-billion revenue stream for a consortium of civil engineering companies? Peter Hugo, chairperson of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry's transport portfolio committee, said this was just one of the questions... 

R38bn Sanral toll contract increase questioned

Disproportionate funding bias towards BRTs, says Putco

By: Irma Venter     30th March 2015 There is a disparity in government funding provided to integrated transport networks – bus rapid transit (BRT) networks – and that given to conventional bus services, says Putco executive director Thys Heyns. “We have neglected and strangled conventional bus services to the point where the... 

GP roads, transport chief director suspended 

By: SANews, SA government news service     26th March 2015 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has suspended its transport services Chief Director Loyiso Marasela for alleged financial misconduct, MEC Ismail Vadi told the members of the legislature on Thursday. Vadi said his department has completed two separate investigations relating to the... 

GP roads, transport chief director suspended

Tolling of the national roads essential for maintenance 

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th March 2015 Tolling of South Africa’s national roads was essential to ensure the upkeep and maintenance of the popular trade and holiday routes, special purpose vehicle Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire said on Wednesday. Bakwena, which was responsible for 385 km of roads on the N1 and N4, was... 

Tolling of the national roads essential for maintenance

Bakwena moves to revamp two of its busiest routes

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th March 2015 Two new programmes set to start this month to revamp two of the busiest roads under special purpose vehicle Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire’s responsibility were expected to enhance traffic flow and road safety upon completion. The group, as part of its 30-year concession with the South... 

Bakwena moves to revamp two of its busiest routes

N1N4 toll route to get R5bn upgrade

By: Natasha Odendaal     18th March 2015 Special purpose vehicle Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire has announced plans to inject over R5-billion into the rehabilitation and upgrade of the N1N4 toll road over the next 15 years as it reaches the midway mark of its 30-year concession with the South African National Roads Agency... 

N1N4 toll route to get R5bn upgrade

Proposed R5.3bn expressway to increase N3 safety, productivity

By: Sashnee Moodley     13th March 2015 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) recenlty outlined the benefits of its proposed R5.3-billion De Beers Expressway, saying this would result in significant relief in congestion on the Van Reenen’s Pass route.  Sanral communications GM Vusi Mona noted in a statement last... 

Proposed R5.3bn expressway to increase N3 safety, productivity
SAFER TRAVELS The proposed expressway would result in higher levels of safety, comfort and productivity for road users

Louis Berger gets $7.6m Mozambique roads contract

By: Zandile Mavuso     6th March 2015 Consulting firm Louis Berger Group was last month commissioned by the Sub-Saharan Regional Pipeline Corporation (SSRPC) to provide $7.6-million worth of consultancy services and rehabilitation of the National Road N303 in Mozambique. 

DA calls for fuel levy instead of e-tolls 

By: Sapa     4th March 2015 The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday called for a fuel levy to pay for roads, instead of e-tolls, during a protest outside Gauteng Premier David Makhura's office. "We do want to pay for them [the roads] by a dedicated, ring-fenced national fuel levy," the party's spokesman for roads and... 

DA calls for fuel levy instead of e-tolls

GE Transportation appoints new sub-Saharan Africa CEO

     3rd March 2015 Transport equipment manufacturer GE Transportation has appointed Thomas Konditi as the head of its sub-Saharan Africa division. Konditi, who would be based in Johannesburg, was most recently COO of GE Africa, in Nairobi. His responsibilities included the oversight of sub-Saharan Africa finance,... 

GE Transportation appoints new sub-Saharan Africa CEO

Gauteng sets aside R10bn to support development corridors 

By: Terence Creamer     3rd March 2015 The Gauteng government has set aside R10-billion of its R95.3-billion 2015/16 budget to fund its five development corridors, which are being pursued across the so-called ‘City Region’. Gauteng, which is South Africa’s smallest province by area, is also the country richest, contributing... 

Gauteng sets aside R10bn to support development corridors
Photo by Duane Daws
Finance MEC Barbara Creecy

National toll tariffs rise by 6%

By: Sapa     2nd March 2015 Toll tariffs on national roads will increase by 6.017% on Saturday, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said. "We use the inflation rate as a guide, as we do not want to increase road usage costs beyond what is reasonable," Sanral CEO Nazir Alli said in a statement on Monday. 

National toll tariffs rise by 6%

Proposed R5.3bn expressway to increase safety, productivity of N3 road users   

By: Sashnee Moodley     26th February 2015 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Thursday outlined the benefits of its proposed R5.3-billion De Beers Expressway, saying this would result in significant relief in congestion on the Van Reenen’s Pass route.  

Proposed R5.3bn expressway to increase safety, productivity of N3 road users
Sanral project manager Ron Harmse gives an overview of the proposed De Beers Expressway project. (Video courtesy of Sanral)

Opposition disappointed with e-toll plan 

By: Sapa     26th February 2015 Opposition parties in the Gauteng legislature took Premier David Makhura to task on Thursday for not scrapping the province's e-tolling system. Democratic Alliance MPL John Moodey said e-tolls had been a thorn in Makhura's side since he took office last year. 

Opposition disappointed with e-toll plan

R274bn earmarked for infrastructure development in 2015/16, MTEF spend cut 

By: Natalie Greve     25th February 2015 Prioritising spending on “economic” infrastructure such as roads and transport, electricity, and water and sanitation, the 2015 National Budget has earmarked R274-billion of the public kitty for the construction, maintenance, repair and upgrade of public-sector infrastructure in the coming fiscal... 

R274bn earmarked for infrastructure development in 2015/16, MTEF spend cut

Motorists will still have to pay e-tolls, Nene confirms

By: Natalie Greve     25th February 2015 Cost recovery from road users will remain the principal financing mechanism of the of the Gauteng Freeway improvement Project (GFIP), as not all infrastructure services qualified equally for funding from the fiscus, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene told Parliament during his National Budget speech... 

Motorists will still have to pay e-tolls, Nene confirms

Nominations to be sought soon for new planning commissioners

By: Terence Creamer     23rd February 2015 Minister in The Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Jeff Radebe would “soon” call for nominations for commissioners to serve on the country’s second National Planning Commission (NPC), with the term of the inaugural commission set to end in May. President Jacob Zuma established the... 

Nominations to be sought soon for new planning commissioners
Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Jeff Radebe

New e-toll system should provide ‘major’ relief for motorists – Makhura 

By: Natalie Greve     23rd February 2015 While noting during his State of the Province address that a final decision on the new e-toll dispensation would only be made once the work of the intergovernmental team was completed, Gauteng Premier David Makhura assured motorists on Monday that they could expect some relief from the current... 

New e-toll system should provide ‘major’ relief for motorists  – Makhura

Global law firm opens second office after setting up shop in SA last year

By: Schalk Burger     20th February 2015 Global law firm Dentons is opening its second office in South Africa and makes Dentons the first global law firm to be broad-based black economic-empowerment level 1 qualified in South Africa. “Our expansion in South Africa underscores our commitment to bring clients comprehensive solutions and... 

New bridge to improve Midrand traffic flow

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th February 2015 Driving through Midrand will soon be much easier owing to a new R160-million highway overpass bridge being built by the developers of Waterfall City. The 115.8-m-long Bridal Veil road overpass bridge was developed by Atterbury Property Development and engineers Aecom on behalf of Attacq, the... 

New bridge to improve Midrand traffic flow

E-tolls review 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      12th February 2015 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Contributing Editor Online Natalie Greve about the latest discussions on Gauteng e-tolls. 

E-tolls review
E-tolls review

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