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Roads News

Teti Traffic gets interim interdict against protesting Satawu workers

By: African News Agency      4th May 2016 Striking South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) members returned to the allocated picketing points on Wednesday following a interim interdict being obtained by their employers Teti Traffic, this after workers had blocked traffic on the N1 highway in Johannesburg. Teti Traffic,... 

Outa questions effectiveness of e-toll discount scheme 

By: African News Agency      4th May 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has said it doubts claims by road authorities that 300 000 people had taken up the etoll discount dispensation of 60%. Chairman of Outa, Wayne Duvenage, said: “Anything short of R2.5-billion collected or committed for collection, will still mean the... 

Outa questions effectiveness of e-toll discount scheme

Transnet implements stringent measures to meet commitments

By: African News Agency      2nd May 2016 Transnet announced on Monday the implementation of a series of governance, control and monitoring measures to ensure the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) meet the company’s stringent localisation obligations and supplier development commitments. Transnet Group CEO Siyabonga Gama said:... 

Transnet implements stringent measures to meet commitments

Outa heads to court to defend members' R8m e-toll bill  

By: News24Wire      28th April 2016 Outa will be going to court to defend members who received summonses for e-toll bills, including one for R8-million, it said. Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) chairperson Wayne Duvenage told News24 that it had notified the SA Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) of its intention to defend the... 

Outa heads to court to defend members' R8m e-toll bill

Steel strapping enhances conventional tyrewall barrier  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      28th April 2016 The Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit’s novel approach to tyrewall barrier assembly is owed largely to steel strapping products from stainless steel manufacturer and Band It product distributor, Banding & Identification Solutions Africa. Nadine James tells us more. 

Steel strapping enhances conventional tyrewall barrier
Steel strapping enhances conventional tyrewall barrier

Comments sought on amended empowerment code for transport sector

By: Irma Venter     22nd April 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry has invited comment on the Draft Amended Transport Sector Code, which has been gazetted in terms of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act.   The transport sector code, one of the biggest sector codes, consists of eight subsector codes. It has been... 

African trade corridors have potential to spur development, drive transformation

By: Schalk Burger     22nd April 2016 The role of business in the successful and sustainable operation of trade corridors is being recognised by researchers and national governments, says a range of African trade and investment professionals. Trade corridors spur development and drive the transformation of economic sectors and even... 

African trade corridors have potential to spur development, drive transformation

DA ‘concerned’ by gold rush next to Joburg’s M2 highway

By: African News Agency      18th April 2016 The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng on Monday expressed its concern about illegal gold mining activity allegedly taking place along the busy M2 highway in Johannesburg. This followed a report in The Times on Monday that illegal gold miners and vandals were threatening the safety of motorists... 

DA ‘concerned’ by gold rush next to Joburg’s M2 highway

Outa digs deeper into e-tolls, says damning information to be released soon 

By: Natasha Odendaal     14th April 2016 Organisation Against Tax Abuse (Outa) on Thursday blasted what it said was the South African National Road Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) attempts to discredit any action questioning the procedures surrounding the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) and the lawfulness of levying e-tolls on... 

Outa digs deeper into e-tolls, says damning information to be released soon

Outa, Sanral continue to exchange barbs 

By: Ilan Solomons     13th April 2016 Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) stands by its position paper on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) and the substantive points made therein, along with the overall purpose and intent of the report.   This was in response to comments made by South African National Roads Agency... 

Outa, Sanral continue to exchange barbs

Resolve e-toll nonpayment row now – AA 

By: News24Wire      13th April 2016 The more urgent issue for Gauteng motorists is a need to resolve the ongoing impasse regarding payment or non-payment of e-tolls, the Automobile Association (AA) said on Tuesday. The AA believes road agency Sanral’s "continued heavy-handed approach" to motorists is among the main reasons for the... 

Resolve e-toll nonpayment row now – AA

Sanral rubbishes Outa’s claim that GFIP was 321% overpriced, questions its motives  

By: Ilan Solomons     12th April 2016 The conclusions reached in the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse’s (Outa’s) recent position paper only served the objective of Outa, namely to discredit the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and the road agency’s integrity, said Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona on Tuesday. In a media... 

Sanral rubbishes Outa’s claim that GFIP was 321% overpriced, questions its motives
To watch a video in which Sanral refutes Outa’s findings that it paid 321% more than was needed for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project. Video and editing: Darlene Creamer 12.4.2016

Draft code targets 10% black pilots, 35% black bus ownership, more women in taxi industry 

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2016 The Department of Trade and Industry has invited comment on the Draft Amended Transport Sector Code, which has been gazetted in terms of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act. The transport sector code, one of the biggest sector codes, consists of eight subsector codes. It has been... 

Draft code targets 10% black pilots, 35% black bus ownership, more women in taxi industry

Kenya and France sign €250m pacts

By: African News Agency      5th April 2016 Kenya and France have signed five pacts that will inject into the Kenyan economy close to €250-million (Ksh29-billion). Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and French President François Hollande witnessed the signing of the deals at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday after holding bilateral talks... 

Kenya and France sign €250m pacts
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French President Francois Hollande

Next stage of M1 revamp to start in May

     4th April 2016 The next stage of upgrades to the M1 freeway and bridges in Johannesburg will start early next month, with the closure of lanes on the southbound carriageway. At that stage, the carriageway would be reduced to two lanes between the Killarney and St Andrews offramps. 

Next stage of M1 revamp to start in May

CoCT spending over R55m on major traffic arteries

By: African News Agency      4th April 2016 Transport for Cape Town, the city’s transport authority, is spending about R55.4-million on resurfacing major traffic arteries in Observatory, Woodstock, Paarden Eiland, Newlands, Claremont, and Wynberg. “All in all, the three projects amount to the value of R55.4-million for the resurfacing of... 

CoCT spending over R55m on major traffic arteries

Tesla secures 180 000 orders for new EV in 24 hrs, drives auto sector demand for lithium 

By: Henry Lazenby     1st April 2016 Twenty-four hours after launching, US electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla Motors has secured more than 180 000 orders for its new Model 3 vehicle, making it the biggest driver of potential lithium demand from the auto sector to date. By Friday afternoon, that figure had risen to above 198 000... 

Tesla secures 180 000 orders for new EV in 24 hrs, drives auto sector demand for lithium
Photo by Reuters
Tesla Model 3

AfDB approves $228m loan to rehabilitate strategic transit route in Kenya

By: Anine Kilian     1st April 2016 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $228-million loan to Kenya’s government to rehabilitate a 172 km road linking the towns of Isebania and Ahero, near Lake Victoria. The road formed part of the Sirari Corridor, a major trade and transit route linking Tanzania, Kenya and South Sudan. 

AfDB approves $228m loan to rehabilitate strategic transit route in Kenya

First phase of N8 highway rehabilitation due for completion in June

By: Samantha Herbst     31st March 2016 The first of two contracts that will see the rehabilitation of the N8 highway between Bloemfontein and Thaba Nchu is due for completion in June, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) revealed on Thursday. Sanral embarked on the two-contract upgrade owing to a significant... 

First phase of N8 highway rehabilitation due for completion in June

Major decline in Easter road fatalities – Peters

By: African News Agency      29th March 2016 A 46% decline was recorded in this year’s Easter road fatalities, compared to 2015, South African Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Tuesday. “The report we are presenting this morning is preliminary and statistics will be compared to the report of last year. This report entails figures from... 

Major decline in Easter road fatalities – Peters

E-toll clash heats up amid investor, ratings fears 

By: News24Wire      29th March 2016 E-toll owner Sanral was on Monday accused of blaming its financial woes and credit rating pressures on opponents of the controversial Gauteng road payment system. “Sanral’s financial predicament is self-inflicted and they should stop blaming others for a mess which they created,” Wayne Duvenage,... 

E-toll clash heats up amid investor, ratings fears

Sanral opens new road materials testing facility

By: Creamer Media Reporter      24th March 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has unveiled a new engineering materials testing laboratory in Port Elizabeth. The new facility, which would also serve as a training hub, enabled Sanral to test the properties of construction materials used in road maintenance activities... 

Sanral opens new road materials testing facility

Cosatu rejects Sanral’s move to issue summonses against Gauteng e-toll defaulters 

By: African News Agency      22nd March 2016 The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Tuesday described the decision by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to issue summonses to e-toll defaulters as an “extreme form of bureaucratic bullying and arrogance”. “Cosatu rejects and denounces this form of social... 

Cosatu rejects Sanral’s move to issue summonses against Gauteng e-toll defaulters

Summonses to be issued in Gauteng for outstanding e-toll bills, warns Sanral

By: African News Agency      22nd March 2016 Businesses in Gauteng and motorists who have boycotted payment of e-tolls can expect civil summonses from sheriffs of the court in the next few days, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has warned. Sanral said the decision to issue summonses came after an extensive period of... 

Summonses to be issued in Gauteng for outstanding e-toll bills, warns Sanral

Outa: 'We have proof e-toll equipment is unreliable'  

By: News24Wire      22nd March 2016 Anti e-toll group the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) said on Monday that it has “plenty of evidence” indicating the Gauteng tolling equipment is unreliable. This comes after roads agency Sanral warned high value corporate e-toll defaulters on Monday that they would be issued summonses this... 

 Outa: 'We have proof e-toll equipment is unreliable'

New route improves access into Cornubia estate

By: Anine Kilian     16th March 2016 The opening of the MR 458 road-over-rail bridge has improved access into the Cornubia Industrial and Business Estate (CIBE), in KwaZulu-Natal, with the new route leading motorists directly to the main entrance of the estate. Construction of the MR 458 began in April 2014, with Fountain Civil... 

New route improves access into Cornubia estate

Johannesburg Roads Agency appoints new MD

By: Samantha Herbst     15th March 2016 Following a rigorous selection process from a long list of candidates, the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has appointed civil engineer Dr Sean Phillips as its new MD. Phillips, who boasted a Master’s degree in science and management, as well as a Doctorate in civil engineering, would assume his... 

 Johannesburg Roads Agency appoints new MD
JRA MD Sean Phillips

Bakwena invests R160m in plaza upgrades

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th March 2016 Highway operator Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire is investing R160-million in upgrades at the Zambesi, Pumulani, Stormvoël, Doornpoort, Brits and Marikana plazas. The upgrades were being implemented as a consequence of increased traffic volumes along the corridor and would increase plaza... 

Bakwena invests R160m in plaza upgrades

New road safety strategy on the cards for S Africa 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th March 2016 The Department of Transport has invited all transport stakeholders to contribute to the formulation of a road safety strategy for 2016 to 2020. Transport Minister Dipuo Peters told attendees at a National Road Safety Strategy Engagement Summit at the weekend that the strategy would serve as a... 

New road safety strategy on the cards for S Africa

Moody's eyes SA municipalities, Sanral, City Power for downgrade 

By: News24Wire      14th March 2016 Moody's Investors Service has placed the ratings of 11 South African regional and local governments' (RLGs) and three government-related entities' (GRIs) under review on Sunday for possible downgrade. In addition, Moody's has changed to negative from stable the outlooks on the ratings of two... 

Moody's eyes SA municipalities, Sanral, City Power for downgrade

Toll contractor outlines enforcement plans

By: Irma Venter     11th March 2016 The first summons to collect outstanding Gauteng e-toll debt will be issued in March, says Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) COO Mark Ridgway. ETC collected toll fees on the Gauteng toll network on behalf of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). 

R210m rehab of three bridges on Joburg’s M1 freeway enters second phase

By: Irma Venter     4th March 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 onto the freeway surface, leading to the closure of lanes at certain... 

Joburg to host breakbulk, cargo exhibition in April

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th March 2016 Logistics are key to Africa’s projects, existing and future, stated materials management and logistics consultancy Greiner, Mendi & Associates (GMA) MD Lars Greiner, speaking at a preview of the 2016 Breakbulk Africa project cargo, heavy-lift and logistics conference and exhibition in... 

Joburg to host breakbulk,  cargo exhibition in April
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EDUCATIONAL PLATFORM Breakbulk Africa 2016 aims to highlight focus areas for project cargo and logistics and new and innovative logistics methods for the African market

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Work begins on Cape Town N1 freeway upgrade

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2016 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works has started work on Phase One of a R487-million upgrade to the N1 freeway around Cape Town. The main contractor is Martin & East. 

JPSA, Outa lashes out against ETC plans

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th February 2016 Nonprofit agency Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) and watchdog Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) have called Electronic Toll Collection’s (ETC’s) plans to implement Gauteng e-toll debt recovery “outrageous”. The first summons to collect outstanding Gauteng e-toll debt would be issued in... 

JPSA, Outa lashes out against ETC plans

Depressed dry-bulk, commodities markets take heavy toll on Grindrod

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2016 A gloomy dry-bulk shipping market and poor commodities environment had impacted heavily on shipping and freight services group Grindrod in the financial year ended December 31. The outlook for both these markets did not suggest much reprieve in the new financial year either. 

Depressed dry-bulk, commodities markets take heavy toll on Grindrod
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