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Public Transport News

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Photo by Dylan Slater
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
Photo by UNTU
Rail infrastructure in Philippi in the Western Cape
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