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Public Transport News

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
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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
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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
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Aurecon COO Dr Gustav Rohde

Task team to look at future of e-tolling, completion date set for August  

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2019 A governmental task team will produce a report on the future of electronic tolling in Gauteng by August. Speaking at a media conference at the Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria, on Monday, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said this report will be presented to President Cyril... 

Task team to look at future of e-tolling, completion date set for August
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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Ramaphosa raps knuckles of Ministers embroiled in twitter war

By: Bloomberg     7th July 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa criticised Ministers in his cabinet for “unbecoming” behaviour on social media after a spat unfolded over electronic road tolls in country’s richest province. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula and Gauteng Premier David Makhura exchanged... 

Gauteng transport boss urges minibus taxi industry to embrace innovation

By: African News Agency      5th July 2019 Gauteng member of the executive council for roads and transport Jacob Mamabolo has urged the provincial leadership of the South African National Taxi Council to take measures to modernise the industry, his department said on Friday. Mamabolo held a meeting with officials to discuss various... 

 Gauteng transport boss urges minibus taxi industry to embrace innovation

Infrastructure backlog provides growth opportunities for company

By: Cameron Mackay     5th July 2019 There is a backlog of sufficient planned new bulk water infrastructure projects in South Africa which could potentially provide increased opportunities for engineering consultants, such as AECOM, to become involved in more infrastructure development, says AECOM water business line director Werner... 

Infrastructure backlog provides growth opportunities for company
WERNER COMRIE Collaboration between the public and private sectors is long overdue. We have to use our collective knowledge to solve the challenges going forward

New railway app allows commuters to travel today, pay tomorrow

By: Irma Venter     2nd July 2019 International rail companies are implementing numerous new, innovative ways for commuters to fund their journeys. One such method is a smart phone app, called Lezzgo, that operates under the get-on, get-off, pay-later principle – no travel card or ticket required. 

 New railway app allows commuters to travel today, pay tomorrow

Gautrain looks at expanding non-fare revenue with Centurion pilot project 

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2019 While “doing okay” in terms of non-fare revenue from advertising, the “one big trick” the Gautrain system has missed out on has been to participate in the rise in property value around Gautrain stations, says Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) COO William Dachs. Since the establishment of the... 

 Gautrain looks at expanding non-fare revenue with Centurion pilot project
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Centurion station

Consulting engineering remains under pressure

By: Halima Frost     28th June 2019 Consulting engineering remains under the pump 

Consulting engineering remains under pressure
BRIDGING THE GAP Building bridges for the Gautrain are but a few projects in Nyeleti’s portfolio

Transport Minister dreams of bullets trains ... but commuters want Metrorail to work now

By: News24Wire      27th June 2019 To see first-hand what commuters face in the Western Cape, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula planned to take a train from Khayelitsha to Langa on Tuesday morning. The trip did not go as planned, reports GroundUp. After a long delay and with further delays expected because of two deaths on the... 

Theft, vandalism slow new train rollout at Metrorail 

By: Irma Venter     21st June 2019 While the Gibela factory in Gauteng has started to steadily produce new, made-in-South Africa trains for the Metrorail system in South Africa, it appears it may take some time before these trains all start carrying passengers. The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium is to deliver 600 new trains (3... 

Theft, vandalism slow new train rollout at Metrorail
A new train on the Metrorail system

Govt to spend R38bn on Metrorail, Mbalula to seek 'proper policing' on trains 

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2019 The South African government will spend about R38-billion over the next three years on the procurement of new trains for the Metrorail service, as well as on the modernisation of signalling systems, depots, perway and stations, says new Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula. “The expenditure will... 

Govt to spend R38bn on Metrorail, Mbalula to seek 'proper policing' on trains
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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Gauteng to vet minibus taxis before they can operate on reopened Soweto routes

By: African News Agency      18th June 2019 The Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) on Tuesday said it will vet minibus taxis before they can be allowed to operate on reopened Soweto routes. "The GPG will today, 18 June 2019, begin the process of vetting minibus taxis that will be operating on the now reopened Soweto ranks and routes that... 

Motorbike taxi firms rev up for race into West Africa

By: Reuters     12th June 2019 Motorcycle taxi companies are expanding in West Africa with backing from investors betting that the meteoric rise of two-wheeled taxi firms in Asia can be replicated in some of the fastest growing countries in the world. Four bike taxi firms are now battling it out on the streets of Nigeria's... 

Joburg minibus taxi truce paves way for Soweto routes to be reopened

By: News24Wire      12th June 2019 The Committee of Roads and Transport in the Gauteng provincial legislature has welcomed the reopening of several taxi routes and ranks in Soweto and the Johannesburg CBD that were shut down earlier this year because of ongoing conflict. In a statement, the chairperson of the roads and transport... 

Taxi boss killed amid violent flare-ups over Cape Town routes

By: News24Wire      12th June 2019 The Western Cape MEC of Transport and Public Works, Bonginkosi Madikizela, has strongly condemned the murder of Blackheath-Malibu Taxi Association chairperson, Patrick Cosani. Cosani was shot and killed outside his home in Heath Road, Austinville, on Tuesday morning at 06:04. No one else was... 

PRASA must move to Public Enterprises and return to Transnet, says union

By: Irma Venter     11th June 2019 The United National Transport Union (Untu) wants the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa to be moved from the Department of Transport to the Department of Public Enterprises, says Untu spokesperson Sonja Carstens. This will place the entity where it belongs – under the same management as other... 

PRASA must move to Public Enterprises and return to Transnet, says union
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Rail infrastructure in Philippi in the Western Cape

City of Cape Town working on refunds for MyCiTi commuters

By: News24Wire      5th June 2019 The City of Cape Town is working on plans to refund MyCiTi commuters left stranded after the expiry of its contract with the joint venture companies that provide the N2 Express route service, its transport MMC said on Tuesday. The service provides transport for mainly Khayelitsha and Mitchells... 

TIPS Forum discusses how 4IR is helping efficiency, environment

By: Marleny Arnoldi     31st May 2019 Industrialisation leads to socioeconomic growth, often at a cost to the environment in the form of emissions and pollution, and, therefore, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) presents a promising opportunity for sustainable development. Speaking at the Trade and Industry Policy Strategies... 

TIPS Forum discusses how 4IR is helping efficiency, environment
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TIPS researcher Bhavna Deonarain

Establishing the Gauteng Transport Authority board Van der Merwe’s first priority  

By: Irma Venter     28th May 2019 The first two tasks Jack van der Merwe has to tackle in establishing the Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA) is to secure the appointment of the GTA board, followed by updating the Gauteng transport model. Addressing the Intelligent Transport Society of South Africa in Midrand on Tuesday, he said... 

Establishing the Gauteng Transport Authority board Van der Merwe’s first priority
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Jack van der Merwe

Gautrain will not reissue rolling stock tender 

By: Irma Venter     21st May 2019 The tender for the procurement of new 12 new four-car trains for the Gautrain system will not be reissued, says Gautrain Management Agency communication and marketing senior executive manager Dr Barbara Jensen. An almost three-year tender process, initiated in February 2016, to secure additional... 

Gautrain will not reissue rolling stock tender

No injuries or fatalities reported in Germiston train fire

By: News24Wire      21st May 2019 No injuries or fatalities were reported after a train caught fire in Dinwiddie, Germiston, on Tuesday, according to Ekurhuleni Emergency Medical Services (EMS). "We received a call at 06:30, saying a train was on fire... next to the Scaw Metals company. 

Zimbabwe to subsidise public transport as inflation jumps

By: Bloomberg     21st May 2019 Zimbabwe will subsidise public transport and cut fuel duties by more than half as it tries to ease the impact of rampant inflation on its poorest citizens, according to Finance Secretary George Guvamatanga. The support will cost about $8-million a month, Guvamatanga said by phone on Monday. “A... 

Gautrain seeks to improve passenger convenience with new train schedule

By: Marleny Arnoldi     17th May 2019 Gautrain has introduced various changes to its train schedule from this month to provide a “more convenient and comfortable service” to passengers. The afternoon peak period has been extended northbound only, from Park station to Hatfield station, from Monday to Friday.  

Nzimande unveils Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme 

2nd May 2019 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Creamer Media Online Writer Tasneem Bulbulia about the introduction by the Department of Transport of a Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme and what Minister Blade Nzimande hopes the new programme will achieve. 

Nzimande unveils Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme
Nzimande unveils Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme

Nzimande announces Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th April 2019 Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande on Friday announced government interventions to transform the minibus taxi industry, through revising the Taxi Recapitalisation Programme. The Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme resumed in March with the appointment of a new service provider, Anthus... 

Nzimande announces Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme

Firm plans to deploy 400 natural-gas refuelling sites across SA

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2019 Natural-gas distributor Delta Natural Gas (DNG) Energy is rolling out 400 natural gas refuelling sites across South Africa for the taxi and freight industries, which will provide an immediate cost reduction of 25% for these industries and reduce their carbon emissions, says DNG Energy CEO... 

Van der Merwe to lead establishment of Gauteng Transport Authority 

By: Irma Venter     18th April 2019 Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO Jack van der Merwe will, in the short term, steer the establishment of the Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA), says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. ‘Short term’ refers to a period of six months. Van der Merwe will remain in his position as... 

Van der Merwe to lead establishment of Gauteng Transport Authority
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Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi and GMA CEO Jack van der Merwe

Nzimande requests George IPTN Phase 4B suspension

By: Nadine James     17th April 2019 Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande has requested the Western Cape provincial government to suspend plans to roll out Phase 4B of the George Integrated Public Transport Network (IPTN). This was in response to a letter sent by the Western Cape Transport MEC Donald Grant, informing Nzimande of the... 

Nzimande requests George IPTN Phase 4B suspension
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Transport Minister Dr Blade Nzimande

TMH Africa unveils rolling stock factory in Boksburg  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd April 2019 Railway engineering company TMH Africa on Tuesday unveiled its 45 000 square metre rolling stock manufacturing facility, in Boksburg, Gauteng.  

TMH Africa unveils rolling stock factory in Boksburg
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TMH dignitaries alongside Gauteng Premier David Makhura unveil rolling stock manufacturing facility, in Boksburg

Gauteng paves way for the Gauteng Transport Authority 

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2019 The Gauteng provincial government has adopted the Gauteng Transport Authority Bill. The Bill provides for the creation of a transport authority across the Gauteng city region, incorporating the provincial Department of Roads and Transport and various municipal transport administrations. 

Gauteng paves way for the Gauteng Transport Authority
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Ismail Vadi

Corporatisation the next step for minibus industry, suggests MEC Vadi 

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2019 The next step in the evolution of South Africa’s minibus taxi industry should be corporatisation, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr Ismail Vadi. “Making it a business is the next step and not just necessarily formalising the industry.” 

Corporatisation the next step for minibus industry, suggests MEC Vadi

Transport dept failed to protect commuters using illegally converted panel vans – Public Protector

By: News24Wire      29th March 2019 The Public Protector has found that the Department of Transport (DoT) failed to take effective and efficient measures to ensure commuters were safe while travelling in panel vans that were illegally converted into minibus taxis. Releasing the report at her offices in Pretoria on Monday, Public... 

PRASA's beefed up security in the Cape yields results

By: News24Wire      28th March 2019 A year after the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) in the Western Cape took on more security resources to stem the tide of criminality on trains, their data shows tangible progress is being made. In 365 days, security personnel responded to 258 incidents which resulted in 347 arrests. 

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