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Roads News

RFA pleads for govt intervention amid 'war' on trucks

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th November 2020 The Road Freight Association (RFA) has expressed its dismay at government failing to act against attacks on truckers that started flaring up again earlier in November. Attacks on trucks first started becoming prevalent in March 2018, but, most recently, petrol bombs were thrown at five trucks... 

Covid-19 will not affect current capex, but future projects dependent on recovery, says Trac

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic will not affect the roll-out of the current R1.6-billion worth of capital projects along the N4, says Trans African Concessions (Trac) CEO Alex van Niekerk. Trac manages the N4 Toll Route between Tshwane, Gauteng, and the Maputo port, in Mozambique. 

Supreme Court of Appeals rules in favour of Sanral

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th November 2020 An appeal to prevent the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) from claiming guarantees from the joint venture (JV) that stopped work on the Mtentu bridge project in 2019 has been dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeals (SCA). The judgment in the matter between the JV of... 

Logistics index shows ‘strong growth’ in third quarter, following decline in prior three months

By: Irma Venter     13th November 2020 The South African logistics sector has just recorded its strongest ever quarter of growth, according to the newest Ctrack Freight & Transport Index (CFTI). In June, at the end of the second quarter, the CFTI showed that the domestic logistics sector recorded a decline of 17.6% compared with the... 

Road development integral to post-pandemic recovery, speakers say 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th November 2020 The road industry has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, but it has a considerable role to play in the economic recovery and sustainable development of the sector must be pursued to engender this. This was indicated by speakers during the International Road Federation's (IRF’s)... 

R292m road construction to unlock economic opportunities for KZN rural community

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th November 2020 As part of government’s Covid-19 economic recovery strategy, more than 2 300 jobs will be created through the newly launched  R292-million P714 road construction project, in KwaZulu-Natal. The construction of the road is expected to benefit the community of Ndwedwe, in the iLembe district... 

South Africa urged to take the lead in adopting TIR system

By: Irma Venter     6th November 2020 South Africa should take the lead in adopting the Transport Internationaux Routiers (TIR) system in sub-Saharan Africa, says the International Road Transport Union (IRU). TIR is a United Nations convention and enables goods to be shipped from a country of origin, through transit countries, to a... 

Sanral, Safcec sign MoU to prioritise small contractor development

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2020 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec), with the aim of prioritising the development of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the road construction... 

Bank to play pivotal role in recovery plan

By: Cameron Mackay     30th October 2020 State-owned development finance institution Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is looking to accelerate playing a meaningful role in the economic recovery of the country by assisting in financing and implementing vital infrastructure projects for the transport sector, particularly road... 

Bank to play pivotal role in recovery plan
THE ROAD TO RECOVERY The DBSA sees roads infrastructure and other transport sector infrastructure as key to stimulating economic growth and social inclusion

Ctrack Freight & Transport Index sees logistics sector making a comeback

By: Irma Venter     29th October 2020 The South African logistics sector has just recorded its strongest ever quarter of growth, this according to the newest Ctrack Freight & Transport Index (CFTI). In June, at the end of the second quarter, the CFTI showed that the domestic logistics sector recorded a decline of 17.6% compared with... 

Ctrack Freight & Transport Index sees logistics sector making a comeback

Smart mobility plan launched to improve Gauteng transport by 2030 

By: Donna Slater     27th October 2020 The Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo on October 27 launched the province’s Smart Mobility 2030 Plan, which is a roadmap aimed at addressing the province’s transport challenges. He pointed out that the two biggest challenges in the province are congestion... 

Sanral’s new N2 Wild Coast road to create up to 7 000 jobs

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th October 2020 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says up to 7 000 project-related jobs will be created during the construction of the new N2 Wild Coast road. A further 29 000 permanent direct and indirect jobs may also be created during the service period of the road once it is opened. 

Covid-19 will not affect current capex, but future projects are dependent on recovery, says Trac 

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic will not affect the rollout of the current R1.6-billion of capital projects along the N4, says Trans African Concessions (Trac) CEO Alex van Niekerk. TRAC manages the N4 Toll Route between Tshwane, Gauteng, and the Maputo port, in Mozambique. 

 Covid-19 will not affect current capex, but future projects are dependent on recovery, says Trac
Alex van Niekerk

JRA reopens the upgraded Spring road bridge

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2020 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has reopened the upgraded bridge on Spring road, in Weltevreden Park, to motorists and pedestrians. The bridge had been closed off to vehicle and pedestrian traffic since March 2017 after it was washed away by floods. Its initial design capacity was not... 

CSIR and asphalt industry construct test road using local fillers, recycled tyres

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2020 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and private company Much Asphalt have successfully constructed a section of road using locally available micro-fillers and recycled tyres. Following more than a year of combined laboratory development and evaluation efforts between CSIR... 

CSIR and asphalt industry construct test road using local fillers, recycled tyres
Construction of the road using the new materials

Sanral says RRM project creates opportunities for Koster SMMEs

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th October 2020 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) convened its flagship ‘Taking Sanral to the People’ stakeholder engagement session in Koster, North West, to foster dialogue with small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs), community members and civil society. Unpacking key projects... 

Sanral says RRM project creates opportunities for Koster SMMEs
Sanral's ‘Taking Sanral to the People’ stakeholder engagement session

Buses, trains shunned in favour of cars, taxis, reveals Gauteng travel survey 

By: Irma Venter     15th October 2020 Low capacity transport modes, such as minibus taxis and private cars, have become the backbone of the transport network in the Gauteng province, as opposed to high-capacity modes, such as rail and buses. This is one of the main findings of the 2019/20 Gauteng Household Transport Survey (GHTS),... 

Buses, trains shunned in favour of cars, taxis, reveals Gauteng travel survey

Mbalula comments on transport month, Madidi bridge launch

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th October 2020 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has completed its works on the Madidi Bridge, in Madibeng, North West. Transport Minister Fikile Mbabula attended the opening of the 50-m-long Madidi bridge, which was built over the Sand river to serve as a link between the Phasha and... 

Gauteng inland port developer takes legal steps to halt ‘irrational’ road realignments needed to unlock Tambo-Springs hub 

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2020 The developer of a private inland port in southern Gauteng, known as Distribution Junxion Port of Gauteng, has initiated legal action against the provincial administration in a bid to prevent it from implementing road infrastructure developments required to facilitate the construction of a... 

Gauteng inland port developer takes legal steps to halt ‘irrational’ road realignments needed to unlock Tambo-Springs hub
Map showing the location of Distribution Junxion Port of Gauteng and Tambo-Springs Logistics Gateway in relation to the road and rail networks in the region.

Sanral records R640m revenue shortfall as a result of lockdown 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th October 2020 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has recorded a revenue loss of R640-million to date for its 2020/21 financial year as a result of reduced traffic on toll roads during the lockdown. The State-owned roads agency also reported on October 7 that it was underspending about... 

Sanral records R640m revenue shortfall as a result of lockdown

JRA investigating cause of flooding on M1 double decker section

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th October 2020 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has apologised to road users for the inconvenience caused owing to the flooding that occurred on the M1 double decker section on October 5. The agency says it is investigating the causes of the flooding and adds that its operations team will ramp up planned and... 

Patel prioritising AfCFTA trading by start of 2021 as he takes on key African role 

By: Terence Creamer     5th October 2020 South Africa’s Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel, who has been elected to chair the African Ministers of Trade (AMOT), says he will prioritise the finalisation of the outstanding work and negotiations required to enable the start of trading under the African Continent Free... 

Patel prioritising AfCFTA trading by start of 2021 as he takes on key African role
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel

Proposed AARTO regulations pose ‘severe risk’ to business – Road Freight Association

By: Irma Venter     2nd October 2020 The Road Freight Association (RFA) says it is working with all relevant role-players to ensure that the proposed Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) is “considered properly” before implementation, and that AARTO will achieve its main purpose of ensuring road safety, says... 

One year later and still no clarity on e-tolls – Outa

By: Irma Venter     2nd October 2020 Cabinet’s failure to make a decision on a funding mechanism for Gauteng’s freeways is affecting long-term road planning and allows the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to avoid responsibility for an incoherent e-toll collection strategy, says the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse... 

Newest Ctrack Transport and Freight Index shows welcome increase

By: Irma Venter     29th September 2020 The newest Ctrack Transport and Freight Index has shown an 8% increase between the quarter to August and the quarter to May ­– the first time in 13 months that the index has been back into the black. “It is almost a certainty that the broader transport sector will contribute positively to gross... 

Newest Ctrack Transport and Freight Index shows welcome increase

Cape Town’s unfinished elevated freeway requires rethinking, says Amdec CEO

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     21st September 2020 Developer Amdec Group CEO James Wilson emphasises that it is imperative to reopen discussions around Cape Town’s unfinished elevated freeway. “Demolishing freeways in highly densified urban areas is a massive and costly undertaking.  It requires a clear vision, bold risk taking, and a re-ordering... 

Cape Town’s unfinished elevated freeway requires rethinking, says Amdec CEO
James Wilson

JRA fills, patches thousands of potholes

By: Donna Slater     17th September 2020 After receiving 32 000 pothole service requests, the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has successfully resolved just over 22 000 as at September 14. In addition, the agency reports that 1 600 of the 2 200 patches were resolved.  

Eskom advises of temporary N3 road closure for work on overhead power line

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th September 2020 State-owned Eskom has been granted permission from the South African National Roads Agency for the temporary road closure of the N3 north and southbound, just after the N3 De Hoek Toll Plaza, from 10:00 to 13:00 on September 17, to dismantle and remove a decommissioned high-voltage transmission... 

One year later and still no clarity on e-tolls, says Outa 

By: Irma Venter     11th September 2020 Cabinet’s failure to make a decision on a funding mechanism for Gauteng’s freeways is affecting long-term road planning and allows the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to avoid responsibility for an incoherent e-toll collection strategy, says the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse... 

One year later and still no clarity on e-tolls, says Outa

Truck booking systems paying off as congestion around Durban port eases

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th September 2020 A newly introduced truck booking system near the Port of Durban has helped to alleviate truck congestion in the Bayhead Precinct and surrounding roads. Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) explains in a statement that a private bulk terminal in the Island View Precinct introduced the... 

Truck booking systems paying off as congestion around Durban port eases
Truck booking system

Heavy equipment demobilised after project completion

4th September 2020 Heavy equipment lifting and transporting company Mammoet recently began demobilising equipment it had deployed at the Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Petrochemical complex in Lekki Free Zone, in Nigeria. The demobilising of the equipment began in July. 

Heavy equipment demobilised after project completion
BIG DELIVERIES The components for the refinery project consisted of multiple shipments delivered to the purpose-built Dangote Quay Lekki in Lagos

Covid-19-backlogged JRA restarts maintenance operations after materials shortage

By: Donna Slater     2nd September 2020 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA), impacted by Covid-19-related challenges, recently experienced a shortage in asphalt production, which has affected the company’s daily targets for maintenance work. The agency notes that the procurement process for raw materials is currently being accelerated... 

Covid-19-backlogged JRA restarts maintenance operations after materials shortage
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
The JRA's Ophirtin asphalt plant

Bulk infrastructure works start at the Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway  

By: Irma Venter     27th August 2020 Construction of bulk infrastructure at the Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway has started. This development, located on the southern border of the Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni metros, is connected by road and rail corridors between Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni, in Gauteng; Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal;... 

Bulk infrastructure works start at the Tambo Springs Logistics Gateway 

Government still scratching its head over Gauteng e-tolls system 

By: News24Wire      21st August 2020 Director General of Transport Alec Moemi has hinted at a gruelling tussle between the Department of Transport and National Treasury over the controversial Gauteng e-tolls system. This comes as the department re-prioritises billions to pay for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, also known as... 

Government still scratching its head over Gauteng e-tolls system

Sanral says it is ready to implement R30bn worth of projects

By: Irma Venter     21st August 2020 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it is ready to implement R30-billion worth of construction projects. Sanral engineering executive Louw Kannemeyer says the road agency has a portfolio of projects that will be implemented during the course of the 2020/21 financial year... 

Bayhead congestion eased, says TNPA

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th August 2020 Traffic was free flowing in the Bayhead, Island View and Maydon Wharf precincts of the Port of Durban on Wednesday, August 19, after severe truck congestion on Monday and Tuesday, the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) reports. TNPA confirms that the congestion was related to the operation... 

South Africa should take the lead in adopting TIR system, says IRU

By: Irma Venter     17th August 2020 South Africa should take the lead in adopting the Transport Internationaux Routiers (TIR) system in sub-Saharan Africa, says the International Road Transport Union (IRU). TIR is a United Nations convention and enables goods to be shipped from a country of origin, through transit countries, to a... 

South Africa should take the lead in adopting TIR system, says IRU
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