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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... 

65 Rea Vaya drivers back at work 

By: Sapa     26th March 2015 A total of 65 Rea Vaya bus drivers were back at work following discussions between the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) and bus operators, the union said on Wednesday. "There was a bargaining council on March 23 [Monday], where parties, being Samwu and employers concluded a... 

JDA breaks ground on R130m pedestrian bridge linking Sandton, Alexandra

By: Natalie Greve     4th March 2015 Marking another milestone in the City of Joburg’s efforts to dismantle Apartheid spatial planning and develop transport corridors linking key economic and settlement hubs, the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) has broken ground on a R130-million pedestrian and cycling bridge linking the... 

WBHO reports 11% increase in H2 revenue

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     23rd February 2015 Moderate growth across all Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon (WBHO) business segments has resulted in an 11%, or R14.7-billion, increase in revenue from continuing operations in the six months ended December 31, the JSE-listed construction company reported on Monday. The group also noted a 4% increase in... 

Rea Vaya services suspended

By: Sapa     16th February 2015 The Rea Vaya bus service in Johannesburg has been suspended until the service has enough drivers to operate it, operating company Piotrans said on Monday. "The situation currently is we are embarking on the recruitment process and, on the plan, to see when we are going to resume service," said... 

Rea Vaya buses still not operating

By: Sapa     4th February 2015 Rea Vaya buses were still not operating in Johannesburg on Wednesday after drivers abandoned them on Monday, the operating company Piotrans said. "We are still not operating," said Piotrans GM Dumisani Mntambo. 

Rea Vaya bus drivers on strike 

By: Sapa     3rd February 2015 Drivers from Piotrans, operating the Rea Vaya buses around Johannesburg, were on strike for a second day on Tuesday, the company said. The drivers abandoned the buses on Monday without any explanation, said Piotrans GM Dumisani Mntambo. 

Converting plastic bags into solar panel school bags

By: Anine Kilian     30th January 2015 Last month news network CNN ‘African Start-Up’ profiled co-founders of recycling company Rethaka - Thato Kgatlhanye and Rea Ngwane for converting plastic bags into solar panel school bags for underprivileged children. Upcycled plastic bags are the main component of the company’s solar panel... 

‘African Start-Up’ on CNN tells story of a South African start-up improving children’s lives

     10th December 2014 This week CNN ‘African Start-Up’ profiles two South Africans - Thato Kgatlhanye and Rea Ngwane, co-founders of Rethaka, a company that converts plastic bags into solar panel school bags. For this South African start-up, upcycled plastic bags are the main component in their solar panel school... 

Local producers of solar-powered school bags featured on CNN

By: Natalie Greve     10th December 2014 A Rustenburg-based company that converts upcycled plastic bags into solar panel school bags that charge while children walk to school and act as a light source to enable them to to study at night has been featured on international news organisation CNN’s ‘African Start-Up’ programme. Rethaka... 

Procurement of local content goods a legal requirement – Davies

     19th November 2014 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies reiterated on Tuesday that the procurement of goods that conform to local content requirements was not just a recommendation for State entities but a legal requirement. During a Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry briefing, he noted that all organs... 

TGSI piloted in Tshwane will benefit people with disabilities

     11th November 2014 Crossing the street or negotiating an intersection for most people is a simple, straightforward process with caution paid to the obvious dangers. But for others with disabilities and especially those visually impaired, the task presents some serious challenges, often deterring them from using... 

Rustenburg Rapid Transport project, South Africa

     17th October 2014 The municipality of Rustenburg has officially launched the name and logo of its developing integrated rapid transport system. 

BRT should not be seen as the standalone solution to public transport woes

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th October 2014 As South Africa advanced its bus rapid transit (BRT) ambitions, care should be taken not to view the initiative as the standalone solution to the nation’s public transport constraints. The country had to ensure the efficient integration of different modes of public transport, including cycling,... 

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