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Mashaba launches R674m Sandton transport project

By: News24Wire      6th September 2017 A R674-million Sandton public transport loop, which apparently created 260 000 employment opportunities, was launched by City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba at the Sandton Gautrain station on Tuesday. Mashaba said the loop - which the city will pilot from September 18 and until December -... 

Infrastructure spend staved off 2015 recession – Patel

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th July 2017 Infrastructure spending had delayed South Africa’s fall into recession by just over two years, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel said on Thursday. Speaking on the first day of the Gauteng Infrastructure Investment Conference, in Midrand, he stressed that the importance of investing in... 

CoJ incentivises new building developments through special rebates

By: Mia Breytenbach     26th July 2017 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) will offer special rebates to property developers undertaking new building developments in earmarked areas across the city in a bid to grow the economy and create jobs.   The CoJ recently implemented the new 2017/18 Property Rates Policy, in which the city... 

Compensation for taxi drivers affected by Joburg's next BRT phase

By: News24Wire      25th July 2017 Compensation will be paid to minibus taxi operators affected by the next phase of the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, the City of Johannesburg said on Monday. Owners who will have their vehicles scrapped to make way for the R2.2-billion Phase 1C BRT project, will share more than... 

Gauteng closes troubled taxi ranks and routes in Soweto

By: African News Agency      11th July 2017 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport on Tuesday announced the temporary closure of disputed taxi ranks and routes in Soweto following months of intimidation and violence. This comes after Transport MEC Ismail Vadi published Regulations in the Provincial Gazette invoking the extraordinary... 

Municipality reduces GHG by using buses

By: Simone Liedtke     16th June 2017 The City of Johannesburg metropolitan municipality aims to achieve 25% less greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions, an operational cost efficiency with gas at R7/l for bus equivalents, and over three phases create more supply chain opportunities using its ‘green’ Metrobus fleet. 

Sandton accessibility to improve as new bridges open

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th June 2017 The Grayston pedestrian and cyclist bridge over the M1 dual carriageway is expected to be completed by October, the City of Johannesburg said on Tuesday. With over 10 000 people walking between Alexandra, Wynberg and Sandton central daily, the bridge is part of a 5 km dedicated walking and... 

BEKA Schréder illuminates the Rea Vaya BRT Bridge over the M1 highway

     17th May 2017 Africa's leading manufacturer of energy efficient luminaires, BEKA Schréder, has recently completed lighting the BRT Bridge on the M1 highway. Rea Vaya's new route will form the backbone of Johannesburg's Louis Botha Development Corridor, connecting Alexandra not only to central Johannesburg but... 

Sandton is still on the rise and home to half of SA’s current commercial property development

     2nd March 2017 Nearly half of all the office development taking place in South Africa right now is happening in Sandton. Sandton Central is the epicentre of this development, which includes many of the most cutting-edge, exciting and innovation new buildings on the continent. The latest research in the South... 

Johannesburg commuters in for more backlogs on M1

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     30th January 2017 Johannesburg commuters frequenting the double-decker bridge section on the M1 should prepare for more disruptions between February 4 and 18, as two of the four northbound lanes will be closed during off-peak hours, the Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) said on Monday. During peak hour traffic, this... 

Cost, rather than value, still driving SA’s transport investments

By: Irma Venter     20th January 2017 South Africa’s transport procurement system is often driven by cost, rather than value, says Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. “We tend to look for the lowest-cost supplier of services and equipment and not always the best value. The problem with this is... 

Boyne blames ‘uncompetitive’ power prices for production curtailment

By: Esmarie Swanepoel     19th January 2017 Gladstone’s Boyne smelters, which are 59% held by mining major Rio Tinto, have announced production cuts and redundancies, blaming “unsustainably” high power prices. Boyne is currently Australia’s largest aluminium smelter, producing 570 000 t/y. 

Kasanjiku mini-hydropower station project, Zambia

By: Sheila Barradas     15th December 2016 The project entails the construction of a 640 kW mini-hydro power plant. 

BRT bridge to be completed by end of February

By: Nadine James     25th November 2016 The 255-m-long bus rapid transit (BRT) bridge, which links Alexandra and Sandton, in Johannesburg, in Gauteng, will be completed by the end of February 2017, says engineering consultant Hatch. The Johannesburg BRT system, known as Rea Vaya, is to be extended through the establishment of BRT trunk... 

Public transport development driven by lowest cost, not value, says ITSSA

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2016 South Africa’s transport procurement system is often driven by cost, rather than value, says Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. “We tend to look for the lowest-cost supplier of services and equipment and not always the best value. The problem with this is... 

Rea Vaya bus operations halted after drivers down tools

By: African News Agency      1st November 2016 Rea Vaya bus operations were brought to a stand still on Tuesday morning after drivers downed tools over a number of grievances they said their employer was failing to address. A bus driver, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said drivers were not on strike, but had simply downed tools because... 

Study shows lower BRT passenger demand than first forecast

By: Irma Venter     12th August 2016 Bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in South Africa generally have lower passenger demand, poorer financial performance and higher subsidy requirements than initially forecast, says Professor Christo Venter of the University of Pretoria’s Centre of Transport Development. One cause of poor passenger... 

Rea Vaya BRT system to be extended to Sandton

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2016 The City of Johannesburg aims to bring its Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system to Sandton central within the next two years. Rea Vaya started operations in 2009, and already runs between areas such as Parktown, Doornfontein and Soweto. 

High-speed BRT lanes not silver bullet they appear to be – UP study

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2016 Bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in South Africa generally have lower passenger demand, poorer financial performance and higher subsidy requirements than initially forecast, says Professor Christo Venter of the University of Pretoria’s Centre of Transport Development. One cause of poor passenger... 

Rea Vaya to reach Sandton central by 2018

By: Irma Venter     18th July 2016 The City of Johannesburg aims to bring its Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system to Sandton central within the next two years. Rea Vaya started operations in 2009, and already runs between areas such as Parktown, Doornfontein and Soweto. 

Vadi aiming for Gauteng Transport Authority deal ahead of August elections

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2016 The Gauteng government hopes to sign an in-principle agreement with Gauteng’s three major municipalities – Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and Johannesburg – on the formation of a Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA) before the local elections, to be held on August 3, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr... 

Vadi aims for in-principle transport authority agreement before August

By: Irma Venter     16th May 2016 The Gauteng government hopes to sign an in-principle agreement with Gauteng’s three major municipalities – Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and Johannesburg – on the formation of a Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA) before the local elections, to be held on August 3, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr... 

BRT to change the face of Sandton

By: SANews, SA government news service     5th April 2016 The much anticipated Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) is expected to change the face of Sandton, allowing commuters to travel seamlessly between Alexandra and Sandton by 2017. Construction, which got underway in March 2015, is already at an advanced stage with a bridge connecting one of South... 

Sandton is an epicentre for green building in Africa

     31st March 2016 Home to a burgeoning list of green buildings – including some of the largest and most cutting edge on the continent – Sandton Central and the broader Sandton node is an epicentre for green building in Africa. Now Sandton Central’s landmark Sandton Convention Centre has been selected to host the... 

Harambee bus rapid transit system, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     22nd January 2016 Harambee aims to revolutionise public transportation in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. 

Gautrain expansion feasibility study to be completed by March 

By: Schalk Burger     11th December 2015 The feasibility of expanding the commuter rail Gautrain from Lanseria through Honeydew to Sandton, build an additional line from Mamelodi, north-east of Pretoria, to Naledi, west of Johannesburg, and extend the service from OR Tambo International Airport to Boksburg will be completed by March... 

Gautrain capacity-expansion measures advancing

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th November 2015 Several key capacity-expansion projects are under way to enhance the operational capacity of the existing Gautrain rapid rail link system, says transport provider Gautrain Management Agency (GMA). “In the short term, GMA aims to increase the parking capacity at its stations. The second step is to... 

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... 

Structural engineer cuts costs but retains skills amid harsh environment

By: Kimberley Smuts     20th November 2015 Structural engineering company Tass Engineering has streamlined its business by reducing expenses and concentrating on maintaining its skills set to remain competitive, despite a stagnant demand for skills and a lack of development in the steel construction industry in South Africa. The company,... 

Abland develops R700m office park in Parktown

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     19th October 2015 Marking the first new office park development in the Parktown node in over ten years, property development company Abland is building a R700-million, 35 000 m2 A-grade office park in the area.   The company expected that the Hill on Empire development, which was strategically positioned on Empire... 

Abland introduces Hill on Empire

     19th October 2015 Abland is developing the 35,000sqm A-grade office park development in Parktown called Hill on Empire. This is the first new office park development to be constructed in this Johannesburg node in more than 10 years. The development is strategically positioned in Johannesburg’s leafy green suburb... 

Ecomobility festival a vision of the future

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th October 2015 The EcoMobility Festival that is currently under way in Sandton marks the start of a long-term shift to an “ecomobile” future. Public transport, walking and cycling are set to become the transport modes of choice in future. Consulting firm Arup developed a transport master plan for Sandton that... 

Transport enables citizens and organisations to access goods

     7th October 2015 Is An Integrated Transport System The Key To Creating A Greener Future? Transport enables citizens and organisations to access goods, services and information in a sustainable manner. It supports and enriches their quality of life, increases travel choices and promotes social cohesion. The City... 

B region road infrastructure improvement and maintenance project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     25th September 2015 The project will improve and maintain the roads infrastructure, including the repairing of potholes, in the City of Johannesburg B region. 

Rea Vaya bus rapid transit system Phase 1B, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     28th August 2015 The Johannesburg Development Agency has started the implementation of Phase 1C of the bus rapid transit roadworks. 

JRA to invest R99m in existing road improvements

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     27th August 2015 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) will spend R99-million to improve and maintain road infrastructure in the city’s B region. The B region included relatively developed suburbs such as Windsor, Albertville, Blairgowrie, Bryanston, Bosmont, Coronationville, Cresta, Emmarentia, Greenside,... 

Rehabilitation work on M1 freeway to start in Sept

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th August 2015 Residents of Johannesburg are urged to make greater use of the city’s public transport systems, including Metrobus, Rea Vaya and the Gautrain, from September, when the Johannesburg Roads Agency embarks on a R365-million contract to upgrade the Soweto Freeway, as well as the M1 and M2 highways to... 

Tempers flare as Johannesburg residents fight BRT 

By: News24Wire      5th June 2015 The City of Johannesburg should rather use the money it has set aside for developing a bus rapid transit (BRT) system along Louis Botha Avenue to develop Alexandra township, a Highlands North resident told city officials on Thursday. Karen Sabbioni has lived in Highlands North for more than 40... 

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