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Roads News

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. 

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

R227m WC road rehabilitation project under way

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th June 2015 The R227-million rehabilitation of the R298 on the R43 between Worcester and Wyzersdrift, in the Western Cape, has started, the provincial Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) has said. The project, which was expected to be completed towards the end of 2017, would include the widening... 

R227m WC road rehabilitation project under way

Firm economic grounding key to developing sustainable SMMEs

By: Schalk Burger     12th June 2015 Development of sustainable and viable small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) requires highly detailed information of an industry and other parts of the economy relevant to the industry, says circular economy organisation Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa... 

Firm economic grounding key  to developing sustainable SMMEs
STACEY DAVIDSON It is critical that new industries are formed to enable small businesses and income-earning opportunities to be created

Sanral owes R20bn – Ramaphosa 

By: News24Wire      11th June 2015 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) still owes about R20-billion on its various bonds, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday. "Sanral owes something like R20-billion. The money was raised through a variety of bonds that have certain time frames," he said during a... 

Sanral owes R20bn – Ramaphosa

‘Uptick’ in Gauteng toll revenues since rates lowered‚ says Rampahosa 

By: RDM News Wire      10th June 2015 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says there has been an “uptick” in Gauteng toll revenues since the announcement of the lowered rates. Answering questions in Parliament’s National Assembly‚ Ramaphosa responded to a question by the Democratic Alliance about the new e-tolls dispensation saying... 

‘Uptick’ in Gauteng toll revenues since rates lowered‚ says Rampahosa

Eastern Cape’s largest mall officially opens

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th June 2015 The largest mall in the Eastern Cape (EC), Baywest Mall, situated off the N2 freeway, in Port Elizabeth, officially opened its doors last month. 

DA considers hitting e-tolls with a Private Members Bill 

By: Natasha Odendaal     4th June 2015 The Democratic Alliance (DA) aims to escalate the fight against urban tolling following the adjusted dispensation for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) roads by taking a hardline legislative stance. Democratic Alliance Shadow Minister of Transport Manny de Freitas on Thursday said... 

DA considers hitting e-tolls with a Private Members Bill

Stellenbosch University launches new local logistics barometer

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     1st June 2015 South Africa’s logistics costs reached R393-billion in 2013, equating 11.1% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), which does not compare well with the figures of North America, at 8.8%, and Europe, at 9.2%, Stellenbosch University’s (SU’s) newly launched Logistics Barometer South Africa... 

Stellenbosch University launches new local logistics barometer

KZN infrastructure growth buoyant, matches African construction trends

By: Mia Breytenbach     29th May 2015 KwaZulu-Natal’s infrastructure development outlook is brighter than South Africa realises it is, considering the current level of megaproject activity in the province, states professional services and advisory firm Deloitte. Moreover, South Africa needs these megaprojects to continue to assist in... 

KZN infrastructure growth buoyant, matches African construction trends
MAGNITUDINAL POTENTIAL The planned Durban Dig-Out Port will be the largest infrastructure capital project in South Africa, notwithstanding the value and timeframe of current projects

Gloves off in Winelands toll saga 

By: News24Wire      28th May 2015 A clash of ideology between Sanral and the Democratic Alliance (DA) about the Winelands toll road project gained steam on Thursday when the two bodies argued over the impact it would have on the agriculture sector in the Western Cape. “Once again, the DA got it plain wrong on the toll roads in... 

Gloves off in Winelands toll saga

Current toll narrative ignores a number of inconvenient truths, says Alli 

By: Irma Venter     26th May 2015 There were 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), said South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli on Tuesday. Speaking at the Intelligent... 

Current toll narrative ignores a number of inconvenient truths, says Alli
Photo by Duane Daws
Sanral CEO Nazir Alli

Reduced e-toll fees likely to be rejected – Ipsos 

By: RDM News Wire      25th May 2015 When Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced reduced e-toll tariffs last week‚ he said a review panel “found that there’s general acceptance of the user-pay principle”. But a study conducted by Ipsos prior to the announcement of the new e-toll dispensation‚ found that the “vast majority – 74%... 

Reduced e-toll fees likely to be rejected – Ipsos

New e-tolls gets mixed reaction 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     21st May 2015 The revised e-toll tariffs, announced by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday, has solicited mixed reactions from businesses, the public and unions in South Africa. Although still generally rejected by the broader public, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) welcomed the announcement... 

New e-tolls gets mixed reaction

Debt counselling firm says new e-tolls ‘will bring welcome relief’

By: RDM News Wire      21st May 2015 While there has been widespread rejection to the revised e-toll tariffs announced on Wednesday‚ a large debt counselling company said they “will bring welcome relief to hard-pressed consumers”. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said that road users in Gauteng will pay up to 50% less a month‚ while... 

Debt counselling firm says new e-tolls ‘will bring welcome relief’

Carrot of lower e-toll tariffs and caps balanced with licence-renewal stick 

By: Terence Creamer     20th May 2015 Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a “new dispensation” for the administration of the unpopular electronic tolling system currently in place on Gauteng’s motorways. The dispensation included the carrot of lower tariffs and monthly caps balanced with the enforcement stick of linking... 

Carrot of lower e-toll tariffs and caps balanced with licence-renewal stick
Photo by Duane Daws
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa

E-tolls cut by half as Sanral mitigates civil disobedience 

By: Natasha Odendaal     20th May 2015 A new “fair, affordable and sustainable” fee structure has been tabled for users of the South African National Road Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Wednesday. To mitigate the increasing challenge of Gauteng’s... 

E-tolls cut by half as Sanral mitigates civil disobedience

Motorists to undergo face-to-face test before licence card renewal 

By: RDM News Wire      20th May 2015 The renewal of driving licence cards will require applicants to undergo a test according to new regulations published by the department of transport for comment. Until now‚ the renewal of cards has only required an eye test. 

Motorists to undergo face-to-face test before licence card renewal

City of Cape Town hits back at Sanral over toll plans 

By: News24Wire      12th May 2015 The City of Cape Town has hit back at the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral) attack on the state of the Mother City’s roads, saying the agency is relying on a congestion survey to justify toll plans. This after Sanral described the N1 and N2 as "virtual parking lots" after... 

City of Cape Town hits back at Sanral over toll plans

Hemel en Aarde road to be completed this year

By: RDM News Wire      12th May 2015 Material shortages and inclement weather have caused some delays‚ but the department of transport and public works is confident that work on the R320 Hemel en Aarde Road will be completed towards the end of 2015. The construction project – which includes upgrading the road surface between... 

Hemel en Aarde road to be completed this year

N1, N2 'virtual parking lots' in peak traffic 

By: News24Wire      11th May 2015 Cape Town’s N1 and N2 are ‘virtual parking lots’, according to the South African National Roads Agency. Cape Town was found to be the most congested city in the country in the recent Tom Tom survey of traffic conditions, Sanral said in a statement. 

N1, N2 'virtual parking lots' in peak traffic

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... 

Makhura: E-tolls critical for JHB roads

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
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