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Public Transport News

Johannesburg Metrobus strike continues, millions lost

By: African News Agency      19th September 2019 An ongoing strike by action drivers at Metrobus could result in loses of millions of rand the company said on Thursday. “This is very costly because we now have to pay the drivers that are not striking,” said Goodwill Shiburi, Metrobus spokesman.  

Rail Enforcement Unit to prioritise safety and security of Metrorail commuters for another year

By: African News Agency      18th September 2019 The deployment of the Rail Enforcement Unit (REU) that prioritises the safety and security of Metrorail commuters and infrastructure in Cape Town has been extended for another year. On Wednesday morning, Western Cape Transport and Public Works MEC, Bonginkosi Madikizela, Passenger Rail Service of... 

City of Johannesburg to revamp Rea Vaya bus depot

By: African News Agency      18th September 2019 The City of Johannesburg (COJ) has announced plans to revamp the Rea Vaya bus depot. In  statement of Tuesday, COJ said the Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA), on behalf of the city's department of transport, will be revamping the existing Selby bus depot. 

20 km of Rea Vaya bus lanes resurfaced 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th September 2019 The City of Johannesburg has completed the restoration and rehabilitation of almost 20 km of Rea Vaya bus lanes. The restoration was focused on repairing all structural damages, surface defects and improving the structural strength and bearing capacity of the existing road along the Rea Vaya... 

20 km of Rea Vaya bus lanes resurfaced
Rea Vaya lane

Makhura appoints commission of inquiry into taxi violence

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th September 2019 Gauteng Premier David Makhura has appointed the Commission of Inquiry into Minibus Taxi-Type Service Violence, Fatalities and Instability in Gauteng. The commission will investigate the underlying causes and people behind the ongoing killings in the taxi industry in the province. 

Regulator grants approval for new PRASA trains on Mamelodi corridor

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th September 2019 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) on Thursday received approval from the Rail Safety Regulator to operate new trains along the Pretoria–Pienaarspoort corridor, in Mamelodi. “The deployment of the new trains also known as the ‘people’s train’ is testament to the success of the... 

Ramaphosa asks for probe into PRASA

By: , Bloomberg     30th August 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa has referred allegations of maladministration at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa to the state’s Special Investigating Unit. The SIU is mandated to probe allegations of improper or unlawful conduct by employees, unlawful appropriation or expenditure of public... 

EVs present economic and sustainability opportunities for SA

By: Schalk Burger     30th August 2019 Electric vehicles present economic and sustainability benefits for South Africa by offsetting fossil fuel imports and improving air quality, while providing potential storage and grid balancing benefits as the use of renewable energy grows, says electric vehicle and smart mobility company... 

PRASA IT exec dismissed

By: Creamer Media Reporter      29th August 2019 The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has dismissed its group executive for information technology Chris Mbhatha. PRASA said in a statement on Thursday that Mbhatha had been found guilty of having been involved in the illegal awarding of a contract to Siyangena Technologies for the... 

City of Cape Town issues deadline to MyCiTi N2 Express operators

By: News24Wire      28th August 2019 The City of Cape Town has given the shareholders running the stalled N2 MyCiTi Express service an ultimatum to get the buses running again by September 28 otherwise it will find another service provider. "We have sent a letter to the three shareholders – namely CODETA, Route 6 Taxi Association,... 

Next phase of taxi recapitalisation gets under way

By: Schalk Burger     23rd August 2019 The revised taxi recapitalisation programme to remove the remaining 63 241 unroadworthy or noncompliant taxis from South Africa’s roads was launched by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, in Elandsfontein, Ekurhuleni, on Friday. The initial taxi recapitalisation programme, which was launched in... 

Next phase of taxi recapitalisation gets under way
Photo by Dylan Slater
Taxi being placed into baling machine

Event creates platform for transport service providers

By: Theresa Bhowan     23rd August 2019 Automotive corporation and Southern African Bus Operators Association (Saboa) member Daimler Trucks and Buses Southern Africa (DTBSA) exhibited and displayed its retail marketing campaign at the Saboa Conference and Exhibition that was held on July 31 and August 1. 

Alternative methods for emissions control created

By: Theresa Bhowan     23rd August 2019 Owing to stringent emission regulations regarding the quality of fuel supplied in South Africa, diesel and alternative fuel engines supplier Cummins South Africa offers engine after-treatment in conjunction with Euro 5 emission engines used in trucks and buses. 

Alternative methods for emissions control created
INNOVATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY Cummins has been using Euro 5 technology since 2010 and Euro 6 technology since 2014

Saboa event discusses national industry, creates brand awareness

By: Theresa Bhowan     23rd August 2019 Industry association the Southern African Bus Operators Association (Saboa) hosted its annual conference and exhibition on July 31 and August 1, during which exhibitors promoted new innovations and technologies, and networked with fleet operators and end-users. 

Saboa event discusses national industry, creates brand awareness
SHOWCASING EVENT Iveco’s focus on safety was highlighted with the launch of its after-market rollover kit

Concern over opposition to Aarto

By: African News Agency      21st August 2019 The Chairperson of Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Transport on Tuesday expressed concern over continued opposition to the Administrative and Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act, saying such opposition was "misinformed". Committee chair Mosebenzi Zwane said in a statement he had... 

MyCiTi suspension on N2 hits Cape Town commuters hard in the pocket

By: News24Wire      16th August 2019 Commuters in Khayelitsha are battling to get to work, as the suspension of the MyCiTi service on the N2 enters its 10th week. Those who can afford it are clubbing together to use e-hailing services, spending up to R250 for the trip to the city, GroundUp reports. 

Newcomer Zeelo seeks active growth in South Africa’s mobility market 

By: Irma Venter     15th August 2019 Looking to go to that big concert or rugby game, but not keen to drive home after a drink or two, or to travel at night? Newly launched mobility service Zeelo hopes to provide a solution to these conundrums, as well as some other transport questions prevalent in South Africa. 

 Newcomer Zeelo seeks active growth in South Africa’s mobility market

PRASA demands outstanding debt from Autopax 

By: Irma Venter     13th August 2019 Autopax must pay its outstanding debt by August 15, or the bus service will be refused access to the train stations operated by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). PRASA operates the Metrorail commuter rail and Shosholoza Meyl long-distance rail services. 

PRASA demands outstanding debt from Autopax
Park station, in Johannesburg

Cape Town taxi drivers with outstanding warrants worth almost R3m feel the heat

By: News24Wire      6th August 2019 The City of Cape Town had a busy weekend hunting down 176 minibus taxi drivers who owe almost R3-million in outstanding warrants. Warrant dodgers "hit the skids" during operations in Delft, Manenberg, Mfuleni and Kraaifontein between Thursday and Sunday, said the City's safety and security... 

Public transport subsidy policy to go to Cabinet at end of 2020 

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2019 Future of Transport (FOT) Consulting expects the new policy on South Africa’s public transport subsidy regime to be finalised and presented to Cabinet for approval by the end of 2020. FOT Consulting strategic planning and transformation specialist Rehana Moosajee says a draft policy document... 

Public transport subsidy policy to go to Cabinet at end of 2020

Lack of funding, Autopax fingered in preliminary public transport inquiry findings 

By: Irma Venter     31st July 2019 Autopax, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and insufficient funding are all potentially distorting competition in the public transport sector, this according to the preliminary findings of the Competition Commission’s Public Passenger Transport Market Inquiry (PPTMI). Autopax is... 

Lack of funding, Autopax fingered in preliminary public transport inquiry findings

Digital twinning, robotic testing, hydrogen trains and the railways 

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2019 There are numerous digital technologies available to help develop the railway systems of the future, says University of Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education director Professor Clive Roberts. Roberts also leads the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) digital systems... 

Digital twinning, robotic testing, hydrogen trains and the railways

Former PRASA CEO Lucky Montana readies himself for State capture inquiry

By: News24Wire      29th July 2019 Former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) CEO Lucky Montana says he is "ready to testify before the Zondo commission" of inquiry into State capture. On July 26, Montana submitted a letter, notifying the commission of his intention to make a submission and testify in August. 

Former PRASA CEO Lucky Montana readies himself for State capture inquiry
Photo by Creamer Media
Former PRASA CEO Lucky Montana

Tshwane CBD gridlocked as striking municipal bus drivers block roads

By: News24Wire      29th July 2019 The entire Tshwane central business district was gridlocked on Monday morning as disgruntled municipal bus drivers went on strike, seeking an increase in wages. "I received the first report at about 06:00 that municipal bus drivers had parked their vehicles and left with their keys," Tshwane... 

New transport DG to prioritise PRASA security 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th July 2019 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Wednesday announced Alec Moemi as the new director-general of the Department of Transport, effective August 1. Moemi was the former Department of Sports and Recreation director-general. 

New transport DG to prioritise PRASA security
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Transport society wants Mbalula to draft planning progamme to 2050 

By: Irma Venter     24th July 2019 A large number of people believed South Africa would never be able to host the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, yet the country organised this global event to international acclaim, says Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. How did this happen? 

Transport society wants Mbalula to draft planning progamme to 2050

Go George makes changes to routes in George, assists passengers

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd July 2019 Public bus service Go George has implemented changes to its route from Pacaltsdorp to the industrial area on Route 14, in the Western Cape, while simultaneously also moving a few stops at the Protea terminus, to in front of Hypersave, in Pacaltsdorp.  Go George manager James Robb on Tuesday said... 

Go George makes changes to routes in George, assists passengers
Go George community liason officer Simphiwe Schaap (far left) explaining to staff how to use the bidirectional routing on Route 14 to their benefit

Gautrain looks at procuring pre-owned trains from the UK  

By: Irma Venter     18th July 2019 The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is investigating the procurement of pre-owned rolling stock from the UK to address peak-hour congestion on the Gautrain system. This follows as a tender process to secure 12 new four-car train sets for the Gautrain system failed to deliver the desired results... 

Gautrain looks at procuring pre-owned trains from the UK

Cape Town's MyCiTi N2 Express impasse escalated to national and provincial govt

By: News24Wire      17th July 2019 The City of Cape Town is hoping to meet the national and Western Cape's transport departments in the hopes of getting its suspended MyCiTi N2 Express to Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain back in service. "We are doing our utmost to get the service back on track," said the city's mayoral committee... 

Fedusa, Untu to shut down commuter train services nationwide on July 26 

By: Nadine James     16th July 2019 The Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa) and its commuter rail transport affiliate, the United National Transport Union (Untu), plan to shut down Metrorail’s commuter train operations across the country on July 26. Fedusa says the shutdown is part of a national day of protest against... 

Gautrain adds R6.4bn to the Gauteng economy a year, says new study   

By: Irma Venter     15th July 2019 A new study on the socio-economic impact of the Gautrain indicates that the rapid-rail system adds R6.64-billion to Gauteng economy’s gross domestic product (GDP) – or 0.56% ­– during a typical year of operation. The newest study – the second – was conducted by consulting engineering firm Hatch. 

Gautrain adds R6.4bn to the Gauteng economy a year, says new study
Photo by Creamer Media's Irma Venter
Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo and Gautrain Management Agency CEO Jack van der Merwe

Commission finds competition distortions in public passenger transport industry 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th July 2019 Competition Commission economist Nonkululelo Moeketsi says the commission has found various competition distortions and inefficiencies within the public passenger transport industry. Moeketsi presented preliminary findings of the inquiry into the public transport industry at the Southern African... 

South Africa’s IRPTNs remain underdeveloped

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th July 2019 South Africa’s integrated rapid public transport networks (IRPTNs) are still largely underdeveloped and officials are still learning lessons along the way. During city-specific sessions at the Southern Africa Transport Conference, last week, Tshwane bus service A Re Yeng acting director Ruth... 

Good party MP to call on transport minister to address MyCiTi bus issues on the Cape Flats

By: African News Agency      15th July 2019 Good party secretary-general, Brett Herron on Monday said he will appeal to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula to intervene in reinstating MyCiTi bus services, suspended for almost two months, to residents of Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain. He said the City of Cape Town has abandoned almost 6,000... 

Busmark, HySA and partners to roll out first homegrown hydrogen fuel cell bus

By: Irma Venter     11th July 2019 The first South African developed hydrogen fuel cell bus is set to find a home with a local bus fleet, as soon as trial testing has been completed. The bus was developed in partnership with Busmark, a number of universities, government departments, the Council for Scientific and Industrial... 

Busmark, HySA and partners to roll out first homegrown hydrogen fuel cell bus
Photo by Creamer Media's Irma Venter
Busmark CEO Patuxolo Nodada

Conference presentations tackle spatial development, transport planning issues 

By: Simone Liedtke     8th July 2019 University of Johannesburg Professor Steven Friedman has called for an “urgent conversation” between people with technical expertise who understand planning and transport issues, to debate ways in which the country can begin to integrate its poor people into the country’s economic hubs. This... 

Conference presentations tackle spatial development, transport planning issues
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
UJ Professor Steven Friedman

Aurecon highlights potential of tech to transform the transport industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th July 2019 Many stakeholders believe the transport industry is on the cusp of disruptive transformation, as big as with the advent of the motorcar in the early 1900s. The only way for the South African transport industry to compete would be to embrace innovation and adapt to the disruption accordingly,... 

Aurecon highlights potential of tech to transform the transport industry
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
Aurecon COO Dr Gustav Rohde
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