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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... 

South African executives delaying investment decisions – Grant Thornton

By: Anine Kilian     17th May 2016 Nearly two-thirds of South African business executives are delaying their investment decisions, while almost half are considering investing offshore, owing to uncertainty regarding the future political direction of the country. These were the findings of the latest Grant Thornton International... 

Pioneering road construction at the foot of Africa

By: Jade Davenport     13th May 2016 Driving along the highly developed network of highways, roads and mountain passes that connect the urban and rural settlements of South Africa, it is quite easy, in this modern day, to take for granted the relative ease with which one is able to get from point A to B. Yet, less than two centuries... 

Sandton Central puts its best foot forward to become more pedestrian friendly

     11th May 2016 Sandton Central is taking a significant step into the future by becoming more people-friendly in keeping with leading cities worldwide. South Africa’s business capital is increasing its walkability and, at the same time, boosting the economic, health and environmental benefits for the many people... 

AECOM wins high-profile consultancy work across South Africa

     6th May 2016 AECOM, a premier fully-integrated infrastructure and support services company, continues to secure high-profile consulting engineering work in South Africa across a range of sectors. AECOM has been awarded a R134 million five-year contract by SANRAL to provide consulting engineering services for... 

All roads lead to the new Mall of Africa

     13th April 2016 Developed by leading South African property developer and investor Atterbury, Southern Africa’s largest single-phase shopping centre development, Mall of Africa, is set to open on 28 April. This landmark new R5-billion, 130,000sqm super-regional mall is superbly situated in Waterfall City, with... 

Ideally located Hertford Office Park in high demand

     5th April 2016 Demand is proving to be high for space at Hertford Office Park, a new A-grade office park currently under development by Abland in the Waterfall Ridge area of Midrand. The 60 000 square metre development was launched to the market some three years ago and with five buildings already fully let,... 

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... 

Multinational road infrastructure and transport link improvement project, Mali and Côte d’Ivoire

By: Sheila Barradas     19th February 2016 The project involves the development of multinational road infrastructure and transport links. 

Gauteng Premier welcomes launch of Mamelodi transport hub

By: Nadine James     11th December 2015 Gauteng premier David Makhura and Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa launched the first phase of the R850-million Denneboom Station Public Transport Interchange (DSPTI) project in Mamelodi last month, calling on residents to support the project. The project forms part of the Solomon Mahlangu... 

M1 highway gets R210m facelift

     11th December 2015 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) will spend a total of R210-million to upgrade the M1 highway bridges and associated stormwater drainage systems, says the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA). The project, which started on November 16, forms part of the CoJ’s R365-million programme to upgrade the M1 and... 

N1/N2 Winelands toll-highway project, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     4th December 2015 The South African National Roads Authority Limited has applied for leave to appeal against a Western Cape High Court judgment. 

Rocla chosen for pipe jacking project in Hammanskraal

     30th November 2015 Khato Civils chose Rocla to partner with them on what will become a historical event in South African pipe jacking history when 370.00 cubes of rock material will have been manually hand excavated with a minimal grade on the entire length of 148,840 meters of jacked pipeline at a project in... 

Cape toll saga not over yet 

By: News24Wire      27th November 2015 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) applied for leave to appeal on Friday against the Western Cape High Court judgment that set aside the approvals that would enable it to toll sections of the N1 and N2 freeways in Cape Town. This prompted the City of Cape Town to apply for... 

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... 

Rail system requires efficient streamlining, says consulting firm

     6th November 2015 South Africa’s extensive railway system is an infrastructure requirement that cannot be overlooked, says engineering and consulting firm GIBB technical executive electrical engineer Dr Willem Sprong.  

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. 

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. 

PRASA launches high-tech Gauteng ‘nerve centre’  

By: Natalie Greve     5th October 2015 Consolidating the province’s eight existing passenger train control rooms into a single, high-tech “super” control centre that will act as Gauteng’s passenger signalling hub, State-owned rail group, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), on Monday officially launched the Gauteng Rail... 

Africa’s infrastructure rapidly growing – BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA CEO

     4th September 2015 With a relatively buoyant outlook, and a number of economies in Africa clocking some of the fastest economic growth in the world, investment in Africa’s infrastructure is significant and growing, says BAUMA CONEXPO AFRICA CEO Elaine Crewe. 

New Ekurhuleni Transport head promises improved public transport

By: Zandile Mavuso     28th August 2015 Following his recent appointment as Member of the Mayoral Committee for Roads and Transport for the City of Ekurhuleni, Petrus Mhlarhi states that the city is still set on implementing its integrated rapid public transport network (IRPTN), which will ease travel for communities in the city. 

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,... 

Key Western Cape projects to benefit construction sector 

By: Kim Cloete     13th August 2015 The Western Cape government is moving ahead with several key projects that could benefit the construction sector in the province. Agroprocessing, tourism and the oil and gas sector had been earmarked for development, Western Cape Economic Opportunities Minister Alan Winde told delegates at the... 

A heavily overloaded truck can literally rip up asphalt in summer heat

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2015 Overload control statistics for 2014 show that just more than 2-million vehicles were weighed at South African weighbridges, with 20%, or 416 364, of these overloaded, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Built Environment network asset management system research group... 

Geosynthetic reinforcements ensure cost benefits, improve asphalt life

By: Mia Breytenbach     7th August 2015 Engineering solutions provider Maccaferri will highlight the cost benefits of its wide geosynthetics range of Geogrid products at this year’s Conference on Asphalt Pavements for Southern Africa (Capsa), as well as significantly increase its presence in the road infrastructure and construction... 

Joburg rolls-out road infrastructure upgrades

     6th August 2015 The City of Johannesburg today begun the roll-out of its R365-million work to upgrade the Soweto Freeway, M1 and M2 highways to improve mobility on the municipal roads. This is part of the City’s R110-billion infrastructure investment over 10 years that is also directed at changing the spatial... 

Funding additional to fuel levy required, says transport economist 

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2015 The South African government in 2012 collected R40.4-billion from the national fuel levy, said Stellenbosch University transport economics lecturer Johann van Rensburg at the Southern African Transport Conference on Tuesday. However, the fuel levy was increasingly becoming a less productive... 

Turbulence facing aviation sector intensifies as new visa rules take effect

By: Anine Kilian     3rd July 2015 The aviation industry currently faces low economic growth, and the new South African visa requirements, which came into effect this month, are making it more difficult for people to visit the country, Nedbank’s Corporate and Investment Bank (CIB) head of aircraft finance James Geldenhuys tells... 

From pit to profit: New technologies and trends in earth moving equipment

     26th June 2015 “With a relatively buoyant outlook, and a number of economies across the continent experiencing some of the fastest and highest growth in the world, it is no wonder that current investment in infrastructure is so significant and growing. This is very good news for earth moving equipment companies... 

20% of vehicles weighed overloaded, enforcement problematic

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2015 Overload control statistics for 2014 show that just more than 2-million vehicles were weighed at South African weighbridges, with 20%, or 416 364, of these overloaded, says Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Built Environment network asset management system research group... 

JRA to add new field-agent element to Find & Fix app

By: Zandile Mavuso     19th June 2015 In the next three months, the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) plans to launch a new field of its Find & Fix mobile application (app), which will extend the initial app to its field agents for more prompt repairs on reported incidents. 

Ekurhuleni outlines timeframe for public-transport roll-out

By: Zandile Mavuso     5th June 2015 The City of Ekurhuleni envisions to complete first-phase construction of Phase of its integrated rapid public transport network (IRPTN) in March next year, which it believes will unlock the city’s economic potential. 

Youth receive building inspector training at Coega

     22nd May 2015 UNEMPLOYED young people are being trained to become building inspectors by the Coega Development Corporation.The Building Inspector Training Programme was launched in April this year with the aim of developing a solid and formidable pool of building inspectors who will create the desired outcomes... 

City of Cape Town hits back at Sanral over toll plans 

By: News24Wire      12th May 2015 The City of Cape Town has hit back at the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral) attack on the state of the Mother City’s roads, saying the agency is relying on a congestion survey to justify toll plans. This after Sanral described the N1 and N2 as "virtual parking lots" after... 

N1, N2 'virtual parking lots' in peak traffic 

By: News24Wire      11th May 2015 Cape Town’s N1 and N2 are ‘virtual parking lots’, according to the South African National Roads Agency. Cape Town was found to be the most congested city in the country in the recent Tom Tom survey of traffic conditions, Sanral said in a statement. 

Sub-Saharan Africa sees surge in long-term FDI

By: Pimani Baloyi     8th May 2015 There has been a surge of foreign direct investment (FDI) and interest in starting new projects and investing in infrastructure development in sub-Saharan Africa, says privately owned research company Whitehouse and Associates. Whitehouse and Associates director Duncan Bonnett tells Engineering... 

More funding needed for transport – Peters

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     5th May 2015 Transport Minister Dipuo Peters on Tuesday said her department had a budget of R53.7-billion for 2015/16 to meet the transport needs of the country. Speaking at a media briefing prior to her budget vote, she added that the department’s budget would increase to R59.3-billion in 2017/18. 

CSIR signs partnership agreement with Roads Agency Limpopo

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     16th April 2015 To better manage, maintain and improve Limpopo’s ailing road infrastructure, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has signed a partnership agreement with the Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL). RAL had calculated that it would need R122-billion to perform the required maintenance of... 

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