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Roads News

African countries need greater collaboration on infrastructure development, empowering women

By: Ilan Solomons     9th June 2016 Infrastructure sharing can greatly assist in developing African countries and can also save billions of dollars in costs, African Union Commission (AUC) infrastructure and energy commissioner Dr Elham Mahmood Ahmed Ibrahim told delegates at the Infrastructure Africa conference, in Johannesburg,... 

Energy efficient solutions reduce carbon footprint, improve quality of life

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd June 2016 Solar system specialist and engineering design company ZRW Mechanika has since 2012 supplied and installed up to 25 000 units of their solar direct current (DC) home power solution in low-cost housing units, called Siyakhanyisa. The renewable energy capacity of up to 500 kWp was installed in... 

Energy efficient solutions reduce carbon footprint, improve quality of life
Photo by Duane Daws
GREENER GATES ZRW Mechanika was involved in the LED retrofitting of the roughly 50 000 m2 mainline toll gate facilities

Fossils of new plant and invertebrate species discovered along N2 in the Eastern Cape 

1st June 2016 Controlled rock cutting explosions for the upgrading of a portion of a major national road in the Eastern Cape have led to the discovery of a treasure trove of fossils from an ancient river mouth ecosystem. “A number of new invertebrates, as well as excellently preserved plant fossils of the... 

Fossils of new plant and invertebrate species discovered along N2 in the Eastern Cape

JRA launches roads infrastructure protection unit to curb loss of assets

By: Dylan Slater     19th May 2016 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) on Thursday launched a specialised crime prevention and detection unit, which is part of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), as a “pre-emptive” step to protect its traffic signals and road infrastructure from acts of vandalism and cable... 

JRA launches roads infrastructure protection unit to curb loss of assets

Outa slams 'dodgy' Sanral summonses 

By: News24Wire      17th May 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has slammed the South African National Roads Agency's (Sanral's) legal strategy to issue summonses to motorists who have failed to pay their e-tolls. The civil action organisation, known for its opposition to e-tolls, said Sanral employed attorneys with... 

Outa slams 'dodgy' Sanral summonses

Company assists with compliance of new VGM regulations

13th May 2016 New Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) container verified gross mass (VGM) regulations will be implemented in July. Global marine services company Strainstall, part of British provider of marine engineering services James Fisher and Sons, has launched a White Paper to chart a pathway to compliance and... 

Company assists with  compliance of new  VGM regulations
Photo by Bloomberg
TERMINAL OPERATORS SUPPORTED White Paper launched to assist in clarifying technical, commercial and cost-effective options to assist those affected by the new rules

Is labour-intensive construction still an option for unemployment alleviation?

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 The Department of Public Works’ (DPW’s) Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) should be focused on delivering projects in rural areas using labour-intensive construction (LIC) methods if it is to meet its objective of providing poverty and income relief for six-million South Africans by 2019.... 

Is labour-intensive construction still an option for unemployment alleviation?

BMW advances hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle plans 

12th May 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter about BMW's plans to develop hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicles. 

BMW advances hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle plans
BMW advances hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle plans

Sanral takes aim at collusion-accused construction companies 

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th May 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has lodged civil damages claims with the Gauteng Local Division High Court against the construction firms the competition authorities had investigated for collusive conduct. Seven construction firms and joint ventures had been served papers... 

Sanral takes aim at collusion-accused construction companies

Etoll discount extension was ‘predictable’ – Outa

By: African News Agency      6th May 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Friday said the extension of the e-toll 60% discount offer was “predictable and expected”. On Thursday the Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters granted an additional 10 working days extension for road users to take advantage of the e-toll 60% discount on... 

Etoll discount extension was ‘predictable’ – Outa

Sanral needs R197bn for roads, says CEO 

By: News24Wire      5th May 2016 South African National Roads Agency Limited CEO Nazir Alli on Wednesday said the backlog of maintenance and road networks was sitting at R197-billion, up from R149-billion in 2010. Alli was addressing the business sector at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Umhlanga. He said nontoll roads, which made up... 

Sanral needs R197bn for roads, says CEO

E-tolling not coming to KwaZulu-Natal yet 

By: African News Agency      4th May 2016 KwaZulu-Natal is not set to get e-tolling in the near future, but this may change if the volumes of vehicles increases. South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) chief executive Nazir Alli, speaking on Wednesday at a business presentation, said that the open road e-tolling system... 

E-tolling not coming to KwaZulu-Natal yet
Sanral CEO Nazir Alli

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,... 

Teti Traffic gets interim interdict against protesting Satawu workers

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
Photo by Bloomberg
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'

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