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Roads News

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. 

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

Competition Commission blocks Raubex’s OMV acquisition

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2015 The Competition Commission said on Tuesday that it had prohibited Raumix Aggregates, a subsidiary of the Raubex Group, from acquiring OMV Kimberley and OMV Kimberley Mining, collectively known as the OMV Group. Post-merger, Raumix, and ultimately Raubex, would have controlled the OMV Group.... 

Competition Commission blocks Raubex’s OMV acquisition

Bitumen shortage stalls Joburg road projects

By: Natalie Greve     24th July 2015 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has announced delays to several of its roadworks programmes across Johannesburg owing to a shortage of bitumen countrywide. The agency said on Friday that the resurfacing of roads and the patching of potholes in the city would be temporarily halted as a result... 

Bitumen shortage stalls Joburg road projects

R840m needed to complete 'missing link' on Sani Pass road

By: Shirley le Guern     23rd July 2015 Investment of R836.6-million is needed to connect the “missing” 19 km stretch of road between the Sani Pass Hotel at the South African border and the Lesotho border to open up a vital Durban–Pietermaritzburg–Lesotho trade corridor. KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport senior manager for policy... 

R840m needed to complete 'missing link' on Sani Pass road

OneLogix buys Vision Transport in R110m deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd July 2015 JSE-listed transport solutions provider OneLogix has concluded a R110-million agreement to acquire 100% of the shares and claims in specialist logistics operator Vision Transport, through its subsidiary United Bulk. Vereeniging-based Vision Transport was active in the solvent and acid markets of... 

OneLogix buys Vision Transport in R110m deal

Chamber not happy with Sanral toll briefing

By: News24Wire      17th July 2015 The benefits of the proposed N1 and N2 Winelands toll road improvement project far outweigh the cost to road-users, Nazir Alli, CEO of the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) told members of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry this week. Alli emphasised that, while the initial bid... 

Chamber not happy with Sanral toll briefing

Border Management Agency Bill aims to ease congestion, Peters says

By: Irma Venter     17th July 2015 Cabinet in June approved the establishment of a Border Management Agency, to be tasked with integrating the functions of all government departments and agencies that operate at South African ports of entry, said Transport Minister Dipuo Peters last week. Speaking at the Southern African Transport... 

Truck ban will hurt consumers – chamber 

By: News24Wire      16th July 2015 Consumers will bear the brunt if the Department of Transport passes a law banning heavy trucks from roads during certain hours, the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) said on Monday. The new regulations state that goods vehicles exceeding 9 000kg cannot use public roads between... 

Truck ban will hurt consumers – chamber

R900m upgrade of N2 highway in E Cape begins

By: Natalie Greve     15th July 2015 Kicking off the initial leg of the three-phase, R900-million Southern Region construction project, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has started upgrading a 47 km stretch of the N2 highway between Grahamstown and the Fish River pass, in the Eastern Cape. The project, which... 

R900m upgrade of N2 highway in E Cape begins

Gauteng govt launches R295m N14 highway upgrade 

By: African News Agency      15th July 2015 Gauteng Premier David Makhura, and MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi launched a R295-million project to upgrade the N14 freeway from Krugersdorp to Pretoria on Wednesday. “The N14 is a high traffic volume freeway that is under severe stress. The road has degraded over the years and needs... 

Gauteng govt launches R295m N14 highway upgrade

Sanral ordered to remove misleading e-toll ad

By: News24Wire      14th July 2015 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has been ordered to remove a misleading e-toll advert. According to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) Sanral omitted vital information which was likely to create a misleading expectation, “with listeners believing that they are already... 

Sanral ordered to remove misleading e-toll ad

Sanral seeks new CEO; Alli to retire 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th July 2015 State-owned roads operator, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) will start the process to appoint a new CEO to succeed Nazir Alli, who will retire in August. Sanral chairperson Roshan Morar noted that Alli’s exact departure date would be determined by the Minister of... 

Sanral seeks new CEO; Alli to retire
Photo by Duane Daws
Sanral CEO Nazir Alli

MyCiti’s cost structure improving, but still far from profitable 

By: Irma Venter     9th July 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... 

MyCiti’s cost structure improving, but still far from profitable

Funding additional to fuel levy required, says transport economist 

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2015 The South African government in 2012 collected R40.4-billion from the national fuel levy, said Stellenbosch University transport economics lecturer Johann van Rensburg at the Southern African Transport Conference on Tuesday. However, the fuel levy was increasingly becoming a less productive... 

Funding additional to fuel levy required, says transport economist

Rural roads critical to meeting developmental goals

By: Natalie Greve     6th July 2015 The development of rural road infrastructure and public transport services remains critical to the delivery of South Africa’s – and other African States’ – developmenta agenda, requiring meticulous planning that ties in with the socioeconomic needs of the host communities, delegates at the... 

Rural roads critical to meeting developmental goals

Road-to-rail freight shift needs economic, environmental drivers – WWF-SA 

By: Natalie Greve     6th July 2015 While acknowledging that its inherent proclivity for the shift of freight from road to rail is owing largely to environmental considerations, World Wide Fund for Nature South Africa (WWF-SA) believes this trend is only likely to strengthen if supported by a strong economic case, delegates at the... 

Road-to-rail freight shift needs economic, environmental drivers – WWF-SA

Bakwena rehabilitates Zeerust road 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd July 2015 Special-purpose vehicle Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire on Thursday said work on the entire road between Zeerust through to Groot Marico was progressing well. The project, which kicked off in April, would see the rehabilitation of the nearly 40 km road at an estimated cost of about... 

Bakwena rehabilitates Zeerust road
Bakwena Corporate Video

Outa: New e-toll dispensation is new desperation 

By: News24Wire      2nd July 2015 The e-tolls issue has gone way beyond rates, Wayne Duvenage of civil action group the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said on Thursday. "The (opposition against e-tolls in Gauteng) is not about the tariffs but more about the irrationality of the cumbersome scheme which is grossly... 

Outa: New e-toll dispensation is new desperation

New e-toll dispensation to take 18 months to implement 

By: Natasha Odendaal     30th June 2015 It will take up to 18 months for government and the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to implement the full spectrum of proposed tariff changes for users of Gauteng’s tolled freeways. While Sanral would, on Wednesday, implement the “first part” of the new dispensation announced... 

New e-toll dispensation to take 18 months to implement

Gautrain subsidy could fund entire freeway project - AA 

By: News24Wire      26th June 2015 The Automobile Association expressed concern on Friday that the Gautrain subsidy has reached R1.5-billion, saying it could fund the entire Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). Reacting to the announcement made by Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi at a business breakfast on Wednesday, the... 

Gautrain subsidy could fund entire freeway project - AA

Ample work opportunities in Africa, especially in power infrastructure

By: Pimani Baloyi     26th June 2015 There are abundant project opportunities for consulting engineers in Africa, as many countries on the continent are embarking on power generation infrastructure development projects, says multinational consulting engineering firm SMEC South Africa (SMEC SA), which expanded its services in 2013 to... 

Ample work opportunities in Africa, especially in  power infrastructure
ANDRE VAN DER WALT SMEC South Africa is confident that the market in Africa will continue to grow, with many projects ready to get under way

Expanded municipal mandate posing challenges

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2015 The mandate of local government has expanded greatly over the last ten years, and now includes more comprehensive operational responsibilities, as well as new ones, such as air quality management, says KPMG South Africa City Centre of Excellence associate director Andile Skosana. “This has placed... 

Fuel retail outlook remains strong for Africa

By: Schalk Burger     26th June 2015 The profitability of the fuel retail industry has increased steadily before and after the global recession, while prospects remain robust for the industry throughout Africa, says Barclays Africa local division Absa fuel industry business development manager James Noble. The demand for fuel... 

Fuel retail outlook remains strong for Africa
FUEL RETAIL Africa’s fuel demand is forecast to increase by 50% in the next ten years, driven by economic developments happening on the continent

Tanzania branch of local consulting firm doing well

     26th June 2015 Local consulting engineering firm UWP Consulting South Africa (SA) says that its Tanzania-based practice UWP Consulting Tanzania, which was established about ten years ago, is doing well in the country, where it has successfully completed roads and water projects valued at more than $10-million,... 

Court declares R2.5bn eNaTIS contract invalid 

By: RDM News Wire      24th June 2015 The high court in Pretoria has declared that the extension of the eNaTIS system contract from 2010 to 2015 by former transport department director-general George Mahlalela was invalid from the date of extension. Tasima was awarded the tender to operate‚ manage and maintain the country’s vehicle... 

Court declares R2.5bn eNaTIS contract invalid

20% of vehicles weighed overloaded, enforcement problematic

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2015 Overload control statistics for 2014 show that just more than 2-million vehicles were weighed at South African weighbridges, with 20%, or 416 364, of these overloaded, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Built Environment network asset management system research group... 

20% of vehicles weighed overloaded, enforcement problematic

S Africa, US renew transport collaboration efforts 

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd June 2015 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters and US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx on Monday inked a deal that would see collaboration and cooperation on transport matters between the two countries continue well into the future. A new memorandum of cooperation (MoC), signed at Park Station, in... 

S Africa, US renew transport collaboration efforts

Don’t be fooled about new e-toll dispensation – Sanral

By: News24Wire      22nd June 2015 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Sunday said the public must not be misled by organisations criticising the newly gazette e-toll dispensation. “Selective reading of the Gazette is regrettable,” said Sanral spokeperson Vusi Mona in a statement. 

Don’t be fooled about new e-toll dispensation – Sanral

Sanral tariffs remain ‘smoke and mirrors’ – Outa 

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th June 2015 Following government’s gazetting of the new e-tolls dispensation this week, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) on Friday said no “meaningful” changes had been made to the terms allowing Gauteng travellers to pay a lower price for use of the tolled freeways. Nearly a month after... 

Sanral tariffs remain ‘smoke and mirrors’ – Outa

Alli outlines his ‘inconvenient truths’ on funding highways through fuel levy

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2015 There are a number of “inconvenient truths” often ignored in the debate around tolling the 201 km of Gauteng highways upgraded during the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli. He says the fuel levy – often touted as... 

JRA to add new field-agent element to Find & Fix app

By: Zandile Mavuso     19th June 2015 In the next three months, the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) plans to launch a new field of its Find & Fix mobile application (app), which will extend the initial app to its field agents for more prompt repairs on reported incidents. 

Car licences can’t be withheld for outstanding e-tolls – JPSA 

By: RDM News Wire      18th June 2015 Any amendments to the e-road regulations under the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) Act to withhold car licence discs on the basis of outstanding e-tolls must first be published for public comment‚ the Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) reiterated on Thursday. The non-profit... 

Car licences can’t be withheld for outstanding e-tolls – JPSA

Gautengers urged to change mindset on e-tolls 

By: News24Wire      18th June 2015 Gauteng residents need to change their mindsets on e-tolling, Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said on Wednesday. In an interview with News24, Vadi said new highways needed to be built. The question was how this would be done. 

Gautengers urged to change mindset on e-tolls
Photo by Duane Daws
Gauteng Road and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi

City of Joburg plans on expanding paid street parking

By: News24Wire      15th June 2015 The City of Johannesburg has plans to extend the paid street parking system to other busy areas in the metro such as Rosebank. "Most cities have a parking management system together with enforcement measures to ensure a fair simple parking solution for motorists," spokesperson Nthatisi Modingoane... 

City of Joburg plans on expanding paid street parking

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