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E-toll gantries
Gauteng govt has yet to show how it will finance its portion of GFIP debt
21st February 2024 By: Darren Parker

The Gauteng provincial government has yet to show how it will fund its previously agreed 30% contribution of R12.9-billion of the total outstanding debt of R47-billion for phase 1 of the Gauteng... 


Aerial view of a GFIP highway and e-toll gantries
Lesufi confident e-tolls to end by March
20th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi, in his State of the Province Address (SoPA) on February 19, said the provincial government had met with the Finance and Transport Ministers on January 26, and that... 


Roads
Dispute over 5km road could highlight far bigger roadbuilding problem for Gauteng
20th February 2024 By: Terence Creamer

A legal dispute over the granting of an environmental authorisation for a 5-km new road, the K148, in southern Gauteng has the potential to highlight serious legal impediments to the development of... 


Image of Road Freight Association (RFA) CEO Gavin Kelly.
Fuel price hike will impact consumers and the road freight industry – RFA
16th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Fuel is rapidly crossing the 50% mark as a share of daily road transport operating costs, depending on the type of transport operation, with rising costs likely to be passed on to the consumer,... 


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S Africa’s infrastructure at a crossroads – council
16th February 2024 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

Industry body Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) has emphasised the significance of maintenance as a proactive measure against further decay of South Africa’s infrastructure. The council... 


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2024 could be ‘turning point’ for infrastructure sector
16th February 2024 By: Lumkile Nkomfe

Amid an evolving political landscape and the imminent challenges of an upcoming national election, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) underscores the critical need to expedite infrastructure... 


Critical infrastructure blackouts top business risk in SA – Allianz
16th February 2024

For the second consecutive year, international financial services provider Allianz’s Risk Barometer indicates that critical infrastructure blackouts, attributed to power outages and the failure of... 


A toll gantry on the N12
Up to 12% of Gauteng motorists still paying their e-toll bills, says Outa
15th February 2024 By: Darren Parker

Between 10% and 12% of road users in Gauteng are still paying for e-tolls, despite the October 2022 announcement by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana that e-tolls would be scrapped, Organisation... 


Image of Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and city manager Lungelo Mbandazayo 
Cape Town to invest R43bn in infrastructure in the next three years – mayor
14th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says the city will invest R43-billion in infrastructure over the next three years. The ten-year project pipeline is valued at R120-billion. 


Subdued growth expected in transport sector; more freight going to Maputo – Ctrack index
Subdued growth expected in transport sector; more freight going to Maputo – Ctrack index
14th February 2024 By: Irma Venter

The Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (Ctrack TFI) forecasts “another year of fairly subdued growth for the transport sector”. This is based on the assumption of mediocre economic growth in South... 


Anglo American's new head office in Oxford Road
Bambili close to finishing feasibility study on hydrogen fuel cell power system for Anglo’s head office
13th February 2024 By: Darren Parker

Diversified mining major Anglo American has selected hydrogen energy solutions company Bambili Energy to deploy a 2 MW hydrogen fuel cell power system lighthouse project to provide electricity at... 


An image of Sanral communications and marketing GM Vusi Mona
Toll tariffs to increase by 6.25%, Sanral announces
12th February 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has announced that its toll tariffs will increase by 6.25% from March 1. The tariffs are adjusted yearly in line with the Consumer Price... 


The Durban Container Terminal
Business stakeholders find ‘election-oriented’ SoNA wanting
9th February 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Business stakeholders agree that President Cyril Ramphosa was right to emphasise economic reforms in his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on February 8, as these are critical to turning around... 


Opec Fund extends $30m loan to Uganda to upgrade rural road
9th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) Fund for International Development is extending a $30-million loan to support the development of a key transportation link in Uganda.... 


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Loadshedding, logistics, water crises key themes of SoNA 2024
9th February 2024 By: Creamer Media Reporter

Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses some of the key themes that emerged during President Cyril Ramaphosa's final State of the Nation Address of the current administration and how... 


Good roads needed for economic growth – Chikunga
6th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga, on February 5, inspected the R1.1-billion upgrade of the R23 regional road in Standerton, Mpumalanga, as well as the implementation of the Vala Zonke campaign... 


President Cyril Ramaphosa
We are turning ports around, but it will take time – Ramaphosa
5th February 2024 By: Sashnee Moodley

While the recently launched African Continental Free Trade Area will provide advantages for South African companies, the efficiency and competitiveness of the country’s logistics architecture needs... 


Locomotives operating on Transnet Freight Rail's rail lines
Clear commitment to reform implementation needed in SoNA – Mavuso
5th February 2024 By: Schalk Burger

Business organisation Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to show a clear commitment to the hard work of reform implementation during his... 


Gauteng transport department ‘deeply concerned’ about traffic light vandalism
29th January 2024 By: Darren Parker

The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has expressed “deep concern” regarding a recent surge in vandalism and theft targeting traffic signals within the province. In a statement issued on... 


Road and rail
Government's new plan to shift cargo from roads back to rail
26th January 2024 By: News24Wire

Government is seeking to finalise a plan aimed at improving its rail network and move cargo away from its overburdened roads.  While the economy loses a billion rand per day to its logistics... 


A road fright truck on the N3 corridor
Dedicated freight lanes and restricted truck operating hours mooted in draft plan to shift cargo back to rail
25th January 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The Department of Transport (DoT) is canvasing as series of interventions aimed at attracting freight back to South Africa’s struggling rail system from road, which has emerged as the country’s... 


Partial Modderfontein road bridge closure to remain in place until July
23rd January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

City roads and stormwater agency the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) says the partial closure of the Modderfontein road bridge, between Pretoria road (West) and Wordsworth road, will remain in... 


BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso
South Africa must build renewable energy momentum, and then move on to other sectors – Mavuso
22nd January 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The rapid pace at which South Africa is building renewable energy projects, driven by private sector investment, is viewed as positive in the global context, including at the recently held World... 


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Eastern Cape megabridges making steady construction progress after initial setbacks
19th January 2024 By: Marleny Arnoldi

Following delays and setbacks in recent years, roads parastatal South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) restarted works last year on the Mtentu and Msikaba megabridges, in the Eastern... 


Sanral to issue 70 tenders in ‘the next couple of weeks’
Sanral to issue 70 tenders in ‘the next couple of weeks’
12th January 2024 By: Irma Venter

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it will issue at least 70 tenders “in the next couple of weeks”. In terms of the State-owned company’s interim preferential procurement... 


Construction begins on Lilian Ngoyi Street rehabilitation project
11th January 2024 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

A contractor has been appointed for the Lilian Ngoyi Street rehabilitation and construction has officially begun, following the gas explosion in Bree street on July 19, the City of Johannesburg... 


The Gebrüder Weiss Peak Evolution Team reached an altitude of 6 500 m in their solar and electric powered Aebi Schmidt truck
Solar-powered e-truck sets new altitude record
18th December 2023 By: Donna Slater

A team of explorers – the Gebrüder Weiss Peak Evolution Team – followed through on successfully setting a new world altitude record for electric vehicles after driving an electric truck to an... 


Six trucks set alight on N11 amid KZN protests, traffic affected by 'spillages'
11th December 2023 By: News24Wire

Trucks have been set alight by protesters along the N11, near Amajuba Pass in KwaZulu-Natal. Six trucks were set alight when protests erupted along the N11 near Amajuba Pass in Charlestown,... 


Sanral to resume road tenders under interim procurement policy
29th November 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) will on November 29 resume procurement for road construction projects, with 86 tenders to be advertised. CEO Reginald Demana has announced... 


An image showing Road Freight Association CEO Gavin Kelly
RFA, SAAFF, Hume reiterate concern about South Africa’s logistics performance
28th November 2023 By: Tasneem Bulbulia

Representative organisation the Road Freight Association (RFA) emphasises that the deterioration of South Africa’s ports and rail has been a slow, continued process over at least ten years, and... 


TRISTEN WINTERSHOVEN
Self-lubricating bushings have emerged as the preferred choice for the side-tipper industry
Self-lubricating bushings transforming side-tipper landscape
24th November 2023 By: Simone Liedtke

A prominent South African side-tipper truck manufacturer has substantially raised its monthly orders for South African bearings manufacturer Vesconite Bearings’ self-lubricating bushings, which... 


MUNRO SERIES-M
Munro Vehicles has completed the first pre-production model of its white Series-M utility all-electric 4x4
Electric 4 × 4 enters production
24th November 2023

Scotland-based automotive manufacturer Munro Vehicles announced the completion of the first pre-production model of its white Series-M utility all-electric 4x4 earlier this month. The vehicle is a... 


Solar-powered e-truck to conquer world’s highest volcano
24th November 2023

Transport company Gebrüder Weiss has dispatched a sophisticated solar-powered e-truck and expedition equipment to Chile, by sea freight, to help a team trying to reach the summit of the world’s... 


Picture of a truck painted on a road
South African export route to Mozambique shut as violence erupts
17th November 2023 By: Bloomberg

The road leading to South Africa’s main border with Mozambique, a key export route for coal and chrome, was closed on Friday after clashes between truck drivers and minibus taxi operators who’d... 


image of the port of Richards Bay
Richards Bay Port says it ‘may’ halt trucks carrying cargo to the port; RFA outraged
17th November 2023 By: Irma Venter

Richards Bay Transnet Port Terminals (RCB TPT) says it “may” suspend the processing of trucks bringing cargo into its terminals by road. Only trucks whose vessels have been already nominated shall... 


Trevor Manuel
Africa must do more to advance its own development – Manuel
10th November 2023 By: Schalk Burger

Africa's business sector and governments must push harder in addressing the challenges facing the continent, as the biggest threat to its development is complacency, said insurance and investment... 


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