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AST declares maiden quartz resource, celebrates with inaugural blast

By: Nadine James     14th June 2019 AST Sand Mines’ Van Dykspruit quarry, on the border between Gauteng and Mpumalanga, on Friday declared its maiden quartzite-roadstone resource. AST management also oversaw the inaugral blast that would provide access to the underlying high-grade quartzite rock. 

Black-owned asphalt firm opens its doors in Limpopo

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2019 Limpopo’s newest hot-mix asphalt manufacturing company has opened its doors. The 100% black-owned Maloka Machaba Surfacing (MM Surfacing) also offers road surfacing and logistics services. MM Surfacing co-owner and technical director Kate Machaba says the dream of owning and running her own... 

Black-owned asphalt firm opens its doors in Limpopo
Kate Machaba and Matshela Maloka

ParkUpp start-up monetising inner city parking

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2019 Property technology firm ParkUpp is monetising idle parking spaces in inner cities by allowing private and commercial property owners to list available parking spaces on its website and persons looking for long-term parking to browse available options. There are many cars parked on the side of... 

The Concrete Institute highlights composite road benefits

By: Cameron Mackay     7th June 2019 The benefits of concrete for roads can be exploited by the South African roads industry, says South African concrete education and skills organisation The Concrete Institute MD Bryan Perrie. While concrete is generally more expensive in terms of initial costs, it does offer reduced life-cycle... 

The Concrete Institute highlights composite road benefits
BRYAN PERRIE South African roads are predominantly asphalt, and The Concrete Institute has been trying to make inroads for the use of concrete for roads

ANC region reminds new Transport Minister Mbalula about removal of e-tolls

By: African News Agency      31st May 2019 The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng's Ekurhuleni region has alerted new Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula to the contentious e-tolls matter that awaits his urgent attention as he takes office. The region held its executive council meeting this week and congratulated President Cyril... 

Kenya engages World Bank for $750m loan for budget support

By: Reuters     28th May 2019 Kenya is negotiating with the World Bank for a $750-million loan for budgetary support, documents on the proposed funding posted on the lender's website showed on Tuesday. The East African nation has multiple development funding programmes, worth billions of dollars, with the Washington-based... 

City of Cape Town replaces old swing bridge at V&A Waterfront

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th May 2019 Designer SMEC South Africa and construction contractor Stefanutti Stocks Coastal have progressed in its work to replace the old swing bridge at the V&A Waterfront that connects the Pierhead and the Clock Tower precincts. The massive structure that is 42 m long and 4 m wide will need to be... 

City of Cape Town replaces old swing bridge at V&A Waterfront
The swing bridge at V&A Waterfront

JRA says M2 bridge on track to reopen in October

By: Marleny Arnoldi     23rd May 2019 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) this week reminded road users that the M2 motorway between the Crown interchange and Maritzburg street remained closed for rehabilitation works on the bridge. The full closure will remain in force until the end of October.  

Egypt's Sisi opens huge suspension bridge over the Nile

By: Reuters     15th May 2019 Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday opened a suspension bridge over the Nile touted as the world's widest, one of a series of military-led, megaprojects designed to improve infrastructure and provide jobs. The bridge, which crosses the Nile just north of central Cairo, is a key... 

Work on Bosmansdam road around Century City continuing apace

By: African News Agency      15th May 2019 Work on the busy Bosmansdam road around the Century City precinct is continuing, with the City of Cape Town announcing on Tuesday that it will be contributing a further R20-million towards the rehabilitation of the existing road and extension of the cycle lane towards the N7 freeway. This... 

Massive decline of 48% in Easter road fatalities 

By: African News Agency      2nd May 2019 The number of Easter road fatalities has this year decreased by 48%, in comparison to 2018, Transport Minister Blade Nzimande said on Thursday. "I am pleased to announce that the number of fatalities decreased . . . from 309 in 2018 to 162 in 2019. This marks a decrease of 147 fatalities.... 

High Court turns down N2 Wild Coast Road appeal

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th April 2019 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Tuesday welcomed a ruling by the North Gauteng High Court to deny an appeal against a decision that confirmed the road agency’s decision to proceed with the construction of the N2 Wild Coast Road (N2WCR). In an earlier judgment, Judge... 

Kenya secures $666m from China for tech city, highway

By: Reuters     29th April 2019 Kenya has secured 67.5-billion shillings ($666-million) in funding from China to build a data centre in a tech city currently under construction and a highway in Nairobi, the president's office said on Friday. Kenya has turned to China over the past few years for funds, technology and equipment... 

N2 highway in Cape Town to be closed at Hospital Bend for urgent repairs

By: African News Agency      26th April 2019 The City of Cape Town announced on Friday that the N2 highway inbound at Hospital Bend would be closed for urgent repair work to a water main. The repair work from 19:00 on Friday evening will be carried out by the City of Cape Town’s Water and Waste Directorate and is likely to affect inbound... 

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... 

Vadi launches R114 road rehabilitation project

By: African News Agency      25th April 2019 Gauteng MEC for roads and transport Ismail Vadi has officially launched the R114 road rehabilitation project near Muldersdrift in the West Rand. The R157-million project is fully funded by the provincial roads and transport department and partly implemented under the auspices of the expanded... 

N1 highway project in Cape Town nearing completion

By: African News Agency      24th April 2019 The project to add a third lane to the N1 in both directions between Plattekloof Road and Old Oak Interchange in Cape Town is expected to be complete early next month. This is according to the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) which said the project would help ease... 

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

Pilot Crushtec partners with Sanral to help smaller contractors tender for projects  

18th April 2019 The South African National Roads Agency has signed a memorandum of understanding with rock crushing equipment supplier Pilot Crushtec to engender relationships with smaller contractors in the lower end of the construction industry, as part of the organisation’s transformation drive. Tasneem... 

Pilot Crushtec partners with Sanral to help smaller contractors tender for projects
Pilot Crushtec partners with Sanral to help smaller contractors tender for projects

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

Johannesburg Roads Agency suspends top management over tender irregularities

By: African News Agency      16th April 2019 Top managers at the troubled Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) including MD Goodwill Mbatha have been suspended for flouting tender regulations, the city's mayor Herman Mashaba said on Tuesday. The JRA's board on Monday adopted the findings of a series of forensic investigations which implicated... 

N1 highway pedestrian bridge to be ready for use soon

By: Simone Liedtke     15th April 2019 The new pedestrian bridge over the N1 at Erasmusrand will soon be ready for use by pedestrians and cyclists near Hoërskool Waterkloof, in Pretoria, says the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). The bridge, which was built in under 20 hours over this past weekend, only needs to... 

N1 highway pedestrian bridge to be ready for use soon
The new pedestrian bridge over the N1 at Erasmusrand will soon be ready for use by pedestrians and cyclists near Hoërskool Waterkloof, in Pretoria

Tribunal dismisses collusive tendering complaint against WBHO

By: Marleny Arnoldi     12th April 2019 The Competition Tribunal this week dismissed the Competition Commission’s complaint referral against construction company WBHO Construction in which it was alleged to have colluded on a South African National Roads Agency tender. The matter stemmed from the commission’s industry-wide... 

Tribunal dismisses commission’s application to amend West Cape referral

By: Marleny Arnoldi     10th April 2019 The Competition Tribunal on Tuesday dismissed an application made by the Competition Commission to amend and supplement a complaint referral relating to alleged collusion by construction companies on a tender for the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). The tribunal in August... 

Pilot Crushtec partners with Sanral to help smaller contractors tender for projects  

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th April 2019 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with rock crushing equipment supplier Pilot Crushtec to engender relationships with smaller contractors in the lower end of the construction industry. The MoU will facilitate access to... 

Pilot Crushtec partners with Sanral to help smaller contractors tender for projects
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
At the MoU singing at Pilot Crushtec on Monday

TPT CE stresses need for faster turnarounds of vessels, trains 

By: Shirley le Guern     5th April 2019 It would no longer be business as usual at the Port of Durban, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) CE Nozipho Sithole told the Transport Forum’s special interest group meeting, in Durban, on Thursday. Conceding that TPT was not yet where it wanted to be in terms of efficiency, consistency or... 

Polymers can improve load-bearing, structural elements of roads

By: Schalk Burger     5th April 2019 Local polymer road solution company Romix has developed products that improve the performance of load-bearing and wear layers of roads while reducing the costs of construction and the impact on the environment, says Romix Africa MD Vijian Naidoo. “Our soil-fix product is used in a liquid form... 

Lack of road maintenance could cost South Africa millions of rands – SARF president

By: Simone Liedtke     4th April 2019 Roads that are not properly and timeously maintained are costing South Africa millions of rands, as well as negatively affecting the economy and society, says South African Road Federation president Saied Solomons. Solomons is also the CEO of the Southern African Bitumen Association. 

EU funding Eritrean road project using 'forced labour' say activists

By: African News Agency      2nd April 2019 The Foundation Human Rights for Eritreans (FHRE) has warned the European Union (EU) that it will take the organisation to court for allegedly violating its own Charter of Fundamental Rights. The matter relates to what the FHRE says is the EU’s funding of a road-building project which allegedly... 

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
Photo by Dylan Slater
Ismail Vadi

Mboweni: Sanral must reverse 'very bad' decision on e-toll debt 

By: News24Wire      28th March 2019 Finance Minister Tito Mboweni says he is "very unhappy" with the South African National Road Agency (Sanral) board's decision to temporarily suspend summonses to recover e-toll debt and that it must be reversed "immediately". The minister was speaking at a briefing on Thursday where Treasury... 

 Mboweni: Sanral must reverse 'very bad' decision on e-toll debt
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

ASJV to continue to defend its position regarding the Mtentu project bonds

By: Simone Liedtke     28th March 2019 The Aveng Strabag Joint Venture (ASJV) on Thursday said it considers the dismissal, earlier this month, of its court application to prevent the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) from making a call on the bonds relating to the Mtentu bridge contract to be wrong. It also... 

Bad drivers beware! Joburg has a new WhatsApp-based hotline

By: News24Wire      28th March 2019 Reporting reckless and negligent driving in Joburg is easy thanks to the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) launch of the pilot Buya Mthetho hotline project on Wednesday. "This hotline allows residents to report reckless and inconsiderate road behaviour along [via WhatsApp] with... 

Sanral to suspend process of pursuing e-toll debt 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th March 2019 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) will, with immediate effect, suspend the process of pursuing e-toll debt. The Sanral board passed the urgent resolution on Tuesday, which resolved that given the initiative led by President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the e-tolls payment... 

JRA completes two Ivory Park road upgrades, more to follow

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th March 2019 City of Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba on Monday opened two newly built and rehabilitated roads in Ivory Park, Ward 78, near Midrand. The R6-million project, which was funded by the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA), included the installation of underground stormwater management systems and... 

Guinea risks 'conflict and confusion' with mining eviction policy

By: Reuters     22nd March 2019 Civil society groups rejected Guinea's first policy seeking to protect people displaced by mines and dams on Thursday, saying it would worsen poverty and conflict in the mineral-rich nation. Seven human rights and development organisations asked the government not to adopt the proposed national... 

Gauteng launches 2019 travel survey to assist with transport planning 

By: Irma Venter     20th March 2019 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport (DoRT) has launched a general household travel survey (GHTS) to assist it in determining travel needs and patterns within the province. The last survey was conducted in 2014. 

Gauteng launches 2019 travel survey to assist with transport planning
Photo by Dylan Slater
Dr Ismail Vadi
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