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Public Transport News

City of Tshwane cautions of possible suspension to A Re Yeng bus operations ahead of looming strike action

By: News24Wire      18th November 2019 The City of Tshwane has urged residents to exercise patience as A Re Yeng Bus operations are set to be suspended ahead of a looming strike on Monday. MMC for Roads and Transport, Sheila Senkubuge, in a statement on Sunday, said the city had issued an alert of the possible suspension to bus... 

Uber's new safety feature will 'check in' to see if you're okay

By: News24Wire      14th November 2019 Ride-hailing service Uber is introducing a new safety feature which will check in if it detects any anomalies in your trip, such as an unexpected long stop or an unusual deviation. RideCheck uses GPS data and sensors in drivers' smartphones, to detect if something is going wrong during a journey. 

Concession agreement signed for $3bn Accra SkyTrain

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th November 2019 Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund and Africa Investment SkyTrain Consortium Holdings on Monday signed a concession agreement with the government of Ghana towards the development of a world-class mass transport system in the city of Accra.   The Accra SkyTrain system, valued at about... 

Gautrain’s contactless-cards move seen as integrated ticketing precursor

By: Irma Venter     1st November 2019 As from October 31, public transport in South Africa has moved one step closer to integrated ticketing with the Gautrain to accept contactless bank cards for payment of its train, parking and bus services, says Bombela Concession Company marketing and communication executive Kesagee Nayager.... 

Zeelo launches commuting service between Eastgate, Sandton

By: Irma Venter     28th October 2019 Personalised shared transport service, Zeelo, in partnership with Eastgate Shopping Centre and Sandton City Shopping Centre, is set to launch a commuting service between the East Rand and Sandton hubs on November 4. Shoppers and commuters will be able to choose between four morning departure... 

Zeelo launches commuting service between Eastgate, Sandton

Gautrain to accept contactless bank cards from October 31

By: Irma Venter     17th October 2019 As from October 31, public transport in South Africa moves one step closer to integrated ticketing with the Gautrain to accept contactless bank cards for payment of its train, parking and bus services, says Bombela Concession Company marketing and communication executive Kesagee Nayager. This... 

 Gautrain to accept contactless bank cards from October 31

Leading bus company makes case for greater State support as urbanisation accelerates

By: Irma Venter     11th October 2019 It would probably be fair to say that Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) has seen the best and worst the South African transport industry has to offer. The company this year celebrates its 158th birthday, with its roots tracing back through an unbroken chain of acquisitions and mergers to the very... 

Leading bus company makes case for greater State support  as urbanisation accelerates

Construction on Rea Vaya’s Selby depot progressing

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th October 2019 The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) is making progress with the construction of the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit’s (BRT’s) Selby bus depot, in the Johannesburg central business district (CBD). The depot will be used for Phases 1A and 1B of the Rea Vaya BRT. 

Construction on Rea Vaya’s Selby depot progressing
Photo by Creamer Media's Tasneem Bulbulia
Construction is progressing well

Gauteng can build an economy around transport, says MEC Mamabola 

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2019 With Johannesburg no longer the city of gold, Gauteng has to develop a new economic plan for the future, says Gauteng Transport and Roads MEC Jacob Mamabola. “Smart mobility can be one of the biggest next economies of Gauteng. I think we can reposition transport . . . build an economy around... 

Gauteng can build an economy around transport, says MEC Mamabola

Rustenburg taxi associations form transport company, bank

By: African News Agency      8th October 2019 Six long distance taxi associations in Rustenburg in the North West have clubbed together to establish a transport company and a cooperative bank. The chief executive officer of the newly formed Rustenburg Long Distance Transport Holdings, Bennet Afrika, said the taxi industry had been... 

Taxis to have access to discounted tyres through Bridgestone, SA Taxi deal 

By: Irma Venter     7th October 2019 Tyre manufacturer Bridgestone South Africa (SA) has entered into a strategic partnership with SA Taxi for the supply of a tyre specifically designed for the Toyota minibus taxi. The tyre will be locally produced, at the Bridgestone plant in the North West. 

Taxis to have access to discounted tyres through Bridgestone, SA Taxi deal
Photo by Creamer Media's Irma Venter
Bridgestone SA CEO Jacques Fourie and Santaco president Phillip Taaibosch

Public transport requires greater integration

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th October 2019 Public transport in the country is not performing effectively, efficiently and to its full potential, owing to the various modes of public transport not being integrated. This was indicated by a representative from the Department of Transport during a Transport Forum discussion of bus-rapid... 

BRT operators highlight need for financial sustainability, skills

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd October 2019 The roll-out of bus-rapid transit (BRT) systems in some of South Africa's largest cities will benefit future phases of existing BRT systems or new BRT systems, as lessons have been learnt about the challenges experienced in rolling out and operating such systems. At a Transport Forum event, held... 

BRT operators highlight need for financial sustainability, skills

RSR 'reckless' for allowing PRASA trains on tracks – transport union

By: News24Wire      3rd October 2019 The United National Transport Union (UNTU) believes that the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) is reckless for allowing Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) trains to stay on the tracks. The union's comments come after the release of the latest railway safety statistics by Transport... 

All mobility heading to electric future; solar and storage seen as key enablers

By: Schalk Burger     2nd October 2019 The Department of Science and Innovation’s (DSI’s) electric mobility initiative uYilo director Hilten Parmar on Tuesday highlighted that worldwide all forms of mobility, including personal, freight, aviation and marine transport, were moving towards the use or inclusion of electric systems. The... 

Railway safety: Fatalities down, injuries to commuters up by 23%

By: News24Wire      1st October 2019 There's been a a decrease in railway fatalities, but an increase in the number of commuters injured due to "operational occurrences", according to the latest railway safety statistics revealed by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Tuesday. The statistics are contained in the annual State of... 

City unveils S-bend mural on Louis Botha avenue

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st October 2019 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) on Tuesday unveiled the completed S-bend wall mural project along the Louis Botha Transit corridor, bringing colour and life through paintings to a stretch of road that previously bore the moniker of "death bend". The wall runs east-west along the corridor, cross... 

City unveils S-bend mural on Louis Botha avenue

PRASA appoints human capital exec, chief procurement officer

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st October 2019 State-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has appointed Thandeka Ndilikazi group executive for human capital and Keabetswe Mpane group chief procurement officer, effective October 1. "The two executives are the best appointments for the agency as they possess critical skills that... 

Bellville, Strand train services cancelled for weekend maintenance work

By: News24Wire      27th September 2019 Metrorail has announced several train lines will be out of service on certain routes in the Western Cape between Friday and Sunday, requesting commuters to take different routes or use alternative transportation for the weekend. The central line between Bellville and Cape Town via Lavistown will... 

Go George vehicle operating company buys its own buses

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th September 2019 The George Integrated Public Transport Network (GIPTN), better known as Go George, reached a milestone this month when MAN Truck & Bus handed over 18 new buses to George Link, the vehicle operating company providing transport services to Go George.  Part of the implementation of the GIPTN project... 

Go George vehicle operating company buys its own buses
Handover. From left: Lionel Fortuin (director), Manon McDonald (George Municipality Fleet Manager), James Robb (GO GEORGE Manager), Hannes Wannenburg (George Link CFO), cllr Charlotte Clarke (Deputy Mayor), John Heathcote (director), Aliva George (director) and Richard von Wielligh (representing the Director of Protection Services, George Municipality)

Doctored qualifications: 'Dr' Daniel Mthimkhulu ordered to pay PRASA R5.7m

By: News24Wire      23rd September 2019 Daniel Mthimkhulu, a former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) executive who was fired for lying about his qualifications and who played a central role in the "too tall" trains tender scandal, has been ordered to pay PRASA back R5.7-million. The amount was paid to Mthimkhulu after he... 

City of Johannesburg won't turn on water at Sandton Gautrain station until owners pay R8m

By: News24Wire      23rd September 2019 The City of Johannesburg is not prepared to entertain the Sandton Gautrain station's landlord, Cedar Park Properties, even in a court of law, until it pays R8-million the City claims it owes, Mayor Herman Mashaba says. Mashaba told News24 on Monday: "Be guaranteed, for as long as we don't get our... 

City of Joburg launches investigation into sale of Sandton Gautrain land

By: News24Wire      20th September 2019 The City of Johannesburg has kicked off a full forensic investigation into an apparent dodgy sale of the land where the Sandton Gautrain Station is situated. In a statement released on Thursday, executive mayor, Herman Mashaba, said damning information came to light during a billing issue with... 

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
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