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Roads News

Effectiveness of logistics consulting hinges on in-depth knowledge

By: Schalk Burger     27th November 2015 Effective logistics, import/export and manufacturing consulting services require detailed industry knowledge and experience, but can add significant value to these industries by providing expert advice on various technical elements in their value chains, says automotive and logistics consultancy... 

Future planning key to public transit systems

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th November 2015 The implementation of new public transportation systems requires the consideration of the existing system and infrastructure requirements, while having the foresight to anticipate future system needs, says engineering, project and construction management services supplier Hatch Goba. The company... 

Future planning key to public transit systems
TRANSPORT TRANSFORMATION The GO!Durban transit system will comprise metro rail transit, rapid bus transit, road-based feeder services and complementary rail and bus services

Johannesburg municipality to continue public transport initiatives  

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th November 2015 The City of Johannesburg municipality plans to continue its focus on the implementation of an integrated transport system through its transport legacy projects following the EcoMobility World Festival 2015, in the Sandton central business district (CBD). “[The festival] proved . . . that there is... 

Johannesburg municipality to continue public transport initiatives
Johannesburg executive mayor Parks Tau discusses the impact of the EcoMobility month and the way forward

SA public transport projects gaining traction – services firm

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th November 2015 Despite the current project affordability constraints, South Africa has made exponential improvements in progressing its public transport projects, says professional services firm KPMG. “There is increased awareness of the absolute need for better public transport,” stresses KPMG infrastructure... 

SA public transport projects  gaining traction – services firm
DEFINED STRATEGY Defining a strategy for public transport services prompted the public and private sectors to initiate several public transport infrastructure projects in recent years

Solution helps decongest Sandton CBD traffic

By: David Oliveira     27th November 2015 Property management company Sandton Central Management District (SCMD) announced last month its sponsorship of uninterrupted power supply (UPS) units, which have been installed to ensure power is maintained at six key intersections in the Sandton central business district (CBD).  SCMD city... 

Solution helps decongest Sandton CBD traffic
TRAFFIC LIGHT UPS Six traffic intersections in Sandton’s CBD have been installed with uninterrupted power supplies to ensure traffic flow

Labat concludes R560m RTG takeover deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th November 2015 JSE-listed investment holding company Labat Africa has concluded a R560-million subscription and buy-back agreement for the acquisition of a 100% interest in Reinhardt Transport Group (RTG) and its Chrome Carriers subsidiary. The acquisition, which would see empowered firm Labat acquire all RTG’s... 

Labat concludes R560m RTG takeover deal

Innovation to change consumer mindset on EVs – Nissan 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th November 2015 Nissan South Africa (NSA) has, since the introduction of the LEAF electric vehicle (EV) on the local market, in 2013, sold only 80 units. Compared with the 450 296 cars sold in 2013 and the 439 264 cars sold in 2014, this was an indication that the local market remained reluctant to adopt the new... 

Innovation to change consumer mindset on EVs – Nissan

Industry body prioritises clean fuels legislation

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th November 2015 Driving the introduction of clean fuels legislation, which will facilitate the use of extra-heavy and heavy commercial vehicles emitting low-carbon emissions, and the localisation of some truck parts and components, are key areas being pursued by the Heavy Commercial Vehicle Division of the... 

Industry body prioritises  clean fuels legislation
Photo by Duane Daws
PROGRESS IMPEDIMENT The current lack of clean fuels legislation and clean fuel availability influences the introduction of new, lower carbon emission truck models and technologies

Did Gauteng violate Sanral Act with e-tolls payment?

By: News24Wire      18th November 2015 Gauteng’s allocation of R123-million to help fund the gap needed for the new e-tolls dispensation could be in direct contravention with the Sanral Act, the anti-toll group said on Tuesday. The act states that there could be no cross subsidisation between tolled and non-tolled funding and... 

Did Gauteng violate Sanral Act with e-tolls payment?
Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage

Gauteng allocates R123m for e-tolls in 2015 

By: News24Wire      17th November 2015 Gauteng will spend R123-million in 2015 to subsidise an e-toll fees gap which occurred as a result of the reduced user charge dispensation, it announced on Tuesday. Finance and e-Government MEC Barbara Creecy announced this during her mini budget speech for Gauteng. 

Gauteng allocates R123m for e-tolls in 2015

Raubex lifts H1 earnings, revenue

By: Anine Kilian     9th November 2015 Infrastructure development group Raubex achieved a consistent performance in the six months to August 31, despite challenging industry conditions and the impacts of unplanned refinery shutdowns on the company’s asphalt operations, CEO  Rudolph Fourie said. The company increased its earnings a... 

Raubex lifts H1 earnings, revenue

Outa says no to further tax hikes

By: Anine Kilian     6th November 2015 Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) chairperson Wayne Duvenage has said the organisation would oppose the proposed tax increases that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene had indicated are on the cards for 2016. “Not on our watch. Until government tackles the squandering, maladministration and... 

Outa says no to further tax hikes
Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage

Standards deficient on systems to help visually impaired navigate city streets

By: David Oliveira     6th November 2015 Local standards concerning tactile ground-surface indicator (TGSI) systems require more clarity to ensure that visually impaired South Africans can safely navigate through city streets and buildings, says local universal access specialist company Future Mobility Engineering MD Frano Combrinck.... 

Standards deficient on systems to help visually impaired  navigate city streets
UNIVERSAL ACCESS R&D A significant amount of research and development on universal access has been conducted with the South African National Council of the Blind

Time for second new e-toll phase – Sanral

By: News24Wire      2nd November 2015 Road users on the Gauteng freeway network are from November 2 eligible for a 60% reduction of their historic e-toll debt in arrears, the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) said on Sunday. This once-off discount applies to all unpaid e-tolls levied on Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP)... 

Time for second new e-toll phase – Sanral

Basil Read sells SprayPave to Much Asphalt for R78.6m

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th October 2015 Construction group Basil Read will sell its SprayPave bituminous road binder manufacturing subsidiary to hot and cold asphalt products supplier Much Asphalt for R78.6-million. The JSE-listed company would use the net proceeds to reduce its debt and fund its capital management initiatives. 

Basil Read sells SprayPave to Much Asphalt for R78.6m

Peters calls for critical review of National Transport Master Plan to improve it 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th October 2015 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has asked National Transport Master Plan (Natmap) Synopsis Update Colloquium participants, particularly those who do not stem from government, to not avoid being “very critical” of the plan. The long-delayed Natmap was designed to guide South Africa’s transport... 

Peters calls for critical review of National Transport Master Plan to improve it

Abnormal load vehicle tested on N2

By: Dylan Stewart     30th October 2015 Sub-Saharan supply chain solutions provider Unitrans will operate one of its abnormal vehicles – designed according to performance-based standards (PBS) – from South Africa to Swaziland for the first time, says Unitrans technical GM Bruce Fraser. 

Abnormal load  vehicle tested on N2
SPECIALLY DESIGNED Unitrans Abnormal petroleum tanker

Consulting engineering firm suggests tolling of regional roads 

By: Dylan Stewart     30th October 2015 International consulting engineering firm Arup suggests a user-pay policy for regional roads as one method of generating revenue to build, maintain and expand the national road network. 

Design for Pietermaritzburg N3 interchange under way 

By: Dylan Stewart     30th October 2015 Planning, engineering, and programme and construction management company WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff won a tender last month to design two new interchanges of the N3 in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, WSP road geometrics design head Bruce White tells Engineering News. 

Design for Pietermaritzburg  N3 interchange under way
Photo by Duane Daws
BIG RESPONSIBILITY The interchange will allow for traffic to flow on the N3 as it crosses Epworth and Market roads in the south of Pietermaritzburg

LED streetlights installed in Western Cape

By: Dylan Stewart     30th October 2015 By June this year, the Swartland municipality, in the Western Cape, had retrofitted 69% of its existing streetlights with locally designed and manufactured light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights from luminaire manufacturer Beka Schréder. 

LED streetlights installed in Western Cape
NEW LIGHT To date, over 4 000 LED luminaires have been installed in streetlights in the Swartland municipality

Only Tshwane municipality pursues ultrathin reinforced concrete roads

By: Dylan Stewart     30th October 2015 Since 2010, when the Tshwane municipality stated its intention to pursue the use of ultrathin reinforced concrete pavements (UTRCPs) specifically for roads in townships, it is the only municipality to have done so, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) project consultant... 

Only Tshwane  municipality pursues  ultrathin reinforced  concrete roads
JOB CREATOR Building concrete roads requires little machinery and can therefore create more low-skilled jobs

Poor transport infrastructure stifling intra-African trade

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2015 Within sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) there are fifteen landlocked countries, with an average distance of 1 000 km to the sea, says WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff  Africa development, transportation and infrastructure divisional director Vishaal Lutchman. This means these countries are reliant on... 

Preliminary design assessment of N3 highway upgrade under way

By: Dylan Stewart     30th October 2015 Infrastructure consultancy SMEC South Africa is assessing the preliminary design for upgrading an 11 km stretch of the N3 highway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu-Natal, says SMEC South Africa functional GM for roads and highways Dawie Er 

Preliminary design  assessment of N3 highway upgrade under way
KEY CORRIDOR The N3 runs from Durban to Johannesburg

SA’s primary highway network as good as any, says consultancy

By: Dylan Stewart     30th October 2015 South Africa’s national highway network is comparable to some of the best road networks in the world, including those of developed countries, says KPMG infrastructure advisory head De Buys Scott. 

SA’s primary highway  network as good as any, says consultancy
DE BUYS SCOTT While roads are critical to any economy, they are even more important in South Africa

Locally made wind-turbine tower sections set off from Atlantis factory 

By: Terence Creamer     19th October 2015 The transportation of locally manufactured wind-turbine tower sections began on October 19, with abnormal-load trucks setting off from Atlantis, in the Western Cape, on a 1 000 km, four-day journey to Noupoort, in the Northern Cape, where an 80 MW power plant is under construction. The turbine... 

Locally made wind-turbine tower sections set off from Atlantis factory
Noupoort Wind Farm programme manager Savva Antoniadis

Outa slams Sanral’s bid to seek Parliament’s approval for withholding of licences  

By: Natasha Odendaal     19th October 2015 The Opposition To Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) has called on Parliament to reject the South African National Road Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) bid to have motorists’ vehicle licence renewals withheld for outstanding e-toll bills, saying the move would lead to South Africa becoming the “first... 

Outa slams Sanral’s bid to seek Parliament’s approval for withholding of licences

E-tolls: Did 1% of SA’s roads ruin Nazir Alli's legacy? 

By: News24Wire      16th October 2015 It might only make up 1% of the roads covered by the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral), but the 201km worth of e-toll roads in Gauteng will likely be outgoing CEO Nazir Alli’s lasting legacy. The outgoing CEO, who reached Sanral’s official retirement age of 65 in August, told... 

E-tolls: Did 1% of SA’s roads ruin Nazir Alli's legacy?
Photo by Duane Daws
Sanral CEO Nazir Alli

Pneumatic tool range expanded with launch of motor drills, breakers

     16th October 2015 International construction equipment manufacturer Chicago Pneumatic (CP) unveiled its Red Hawk range of motor drills and breakers, in July this year. The range is available in three options and is suitable for roads, railways and drilling applications, providing users with a range of rugged and... 

ECSA says disciplinary action could follow bridge-collapse probe 

By: Terence Creamer     15th October 2015 The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) reported on Thursday that it would decide whether or not to take disciplinary action against any ECSA-registered person involved in the project to build a pedestrian bridge over Johannesburg’s M1 motorway only after the conclusion of its... 

ECSA says disciplinary action could follow bridge-collapse probe

Poor transport links stifle economic growth in Africa

     14th October 2015 Within sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) there are fifteen landlocked countries, with an average distance of 1 000 km to the sea, says WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff  Africa development, transportation and infrastructure divisional director Vishaal Lutchman. This means these countries are reliant on... 

Poor transport links stifle economic growth in Africa

ANC using Sanral CEO as scapegoat, says anti-toll group

By: News24Wire      12th October 2015 The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said on Monday that it is too easy for the African National Congress (ANC) to “finger out” the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli as its scapegoat over Gauteng’s e-tolls debacle. “Government’s ministers and director... 

ANC using Sanral CEO as scapegoat, says anti-toll group
Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage

E-tolls discussed at NGC

By: News24Wire      12th October 2015 Chairperson of the Economic Transformation commissions, Enoch Gondongwana, on Sunday said the e-tolls were discussed at length during the National General Council. "Particularly by people from Gauteng," said Gondongwana. 

E-tolls discussed at NGC

CSIR unveils new pothole detection solution

By: Natasha Odendaal     9th October 2015 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has developed a semi-autonomous solution for early pothole detection to potentially replace the often time-consuming expensive manual road inspection. Showcasing the Visual Surveying Platform (VSP), CSIR senior research technologist... 

CSIR unveils new pothole detection solution

Equipment firm’s Gauteng distribution hub focuses on improved regional logistics

By: Schalk Burger     9th October 2015 International heavy-equipment engine manufacturer Cummins’ regional distribution centre (RDC) in Woodmead, Gauteng, has halved the average logistics distribution time for clients in Southern Africa and allowed for critical or long-lead stock to be kept closer to client sites, says Cummins Global... 

Moz rejects cross-border river transport plan on navigability, volume concerns

By: Keith Campbell     9th October 2015 Mozambique has had to reject a proposal from the Malawian government to develop commercial river traffic along the Shire and Zambesi rivers. This was recently announced by Mozambican Transport and Communications Minister Carlos Mesquita, following a meeting between representatives of the... 

JRA adopts Web-based system to improve infrastructure maintenance

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     7th October 2015 A recently introduced Smart City solution has enabled the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) to develop a complete view of the city’s roads inventory, with over 1.6-million images and 700 000 locations of JRA assets being captured onto the system for tracking, monitoring and management. The assets... 

JRA adopts Web-based system to improve infrastructure maintenance

Cosatu e-toll march contradicts earlier stance

By: News24Wire      7th October 2015 The City of Cape Town on Wednesday questioned Cosatu's protest against e-tolls - as part of a long list of demands - when the union federation's Western Cape arm did not support recent court action against Sanral's Cape toll plans. The Western Cape High Court on September 30, in setting aside the... 

Cosatu e-toll march contradicts earlier stance

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