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Roads News

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... 

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
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Dr Ismail Vadi

R5.7bn transfer made to prevent Sanral default, Nzimande says

By: Terence Creamer     11th March 2019 Transport Minister Blade Nzimande says the decision to transfer R5.7-billion from the non-toll network to the South African National Roads Agency’s (Sanral’s) toll network was made in order to ensure that the roads agency did not default on its payments to investors. “Even though the non-payment... 

R5.7bn transfer made to prevent Sanral default, Nzimande says

South Africa lacks comprehensive road funding policy, fuel levy unsustainable – federation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     27th February 2019 South African Road Federation (SARF) president Saied Solomons says Finance Minister Tito Mboweni overlooked South Africa’s 750 000 km road network when he announced his 2019 Budget last week. Solomon adds that the road network, which is the tenth-longest in the world and is worth about... 

Multipronged approach needed for traffic congestion – City of Cape Town

By: News24Wire      27th February 2019 Population growth and a deteriorating train service were among the reasons Capetonians gave for the lengthy periods of time they were stuck in traffic in 2018, the City of Cape Town said. According to the INRIX 2018 Global Traffic Scorecard, motorists in South Africa's oldest city lost 162 hours... 

Nzimande outlines Sanral projects that will benefit from R3.5bn stimulus package

By: Nadine James     26th February 2019 Transport Minster Blade Nzimande on Tuesday revealed that the R3.5-billion set aside for transport under the Economic Stimulus and Recovery Plan would be used to supplement funding in three key focus areas, namely the N2 Wild Coast road (N2WCR) upgrades, in the Eastern Cape, the N3 upgrades, in... 

Mtentu bridge will be built, assures Sanral’s Kannemeyer  

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2019 The Mtentu bridge will be built, but when this will happen is not yet certain, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) engineering executive Louw Kannemeyer. The Aveng Strabag joint venture (ASJV) in early February terminated the R1.6-billion bridge contract, in the Eastern Cape. 

Mtentu bridge will be built, assures Sanral’s Kannemeyer
The proposed Mtentu bridge

President Ramaphosa 'urgently' looking into e-tolls, says Makhura 

By: African News Agency      18th February 2019 Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Monday again assured residents in the province that the unwanted e-tolling system was receiving attention from national government. "While the user-pay principle is not in question, there is clear recognition that urban tolling increases the cost of living and is... 

 President Ramaphosa 'urgently' looking into e-tolls, says Makhura

M2 motorway to be closed until Oct to allow for bridge rehabilitation

By: Simone Liedtke     18th February 2019 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) will be closing the M2 motorway between the Crown interchange and Martizburg street to allow for bridge rehabilitation to resume. The road closure will be in effect from 06:00 on February 28 until the end of October. Work on both carriageways is expected to be... 

M2 motorway to be closed until Oct to allow for bridge rehabilitation
Photo by Simone Liedtke
Damages to the underside of the Selby section of the M2 bridge

Transport projects in Africa provide fillip for infrastructure development

By: Schalk Burger     15th February 2019 Transport infrastructure projects comprise 40% of the 482 infrastructure development projects surveyed in Africa, and represent a critical element for supporting further infrastructure development, says Deloitte Infrastructure and Capital Projects East and West leader J-P Labuschagne. The... 

Transport projects in Africa provide fillip for  infrastructure development
J-P LABUSCHAGNE The magnitude of African infrastructure development plans necessitates significant capital management skills

Concrete paver launched at Las Vegas Expo

15th February 2019 At the World of Concrete 2019 Expo held in Las Vegas last month construction solutions provider Wirtgen Group introduced the new AutoPilot 2.0 – a pour in place concrete paver – showcased three Wirtgen slipform pavers and a texture curing machine, as well as displayed an aftermarket specialist... 

Concrete paver launched at Las Vegas Expo
PAVING THE WAY The mobile paver has a 3D integrated control system for varying offset applications

The future of e-tolls is a political decision, says Sanral’s Kannemeyer 

By: Irma Venter     14th February 2019 The decision on the future of electronic toll (e-toll) in Gauteng is a political one, says South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) engineering executive Louw Kannemeyer. Speaking at the Transport Forum, held in Johannesburg on Thursday, he told Engineering News Online that opposing... 

South Africa a step closer to new driver's licence demerit system

By: News24Wire      13th February 2019 Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Transport approved amendments to the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Bill, bringing the country a step closer to a point demerit system for traffic infringements by drivers. While DA MPs are keen to see the demerit system... 

ASJV denies it terminated Mtentu project owing to alleged ‘financial inability’

By: Simone Liedtke     7th February 2019 Aveng and Strabag International on Thursday reasserted that the Aveng-Strabag Joint Venture (ASJV) had terminated the Mtentu river bridge contract as a result of force majeure, adding in a statement that the termination “had nothing to do with either of the ASJV members’ financial ability to... 

Aveng Strabag JV terminates Mtentu contract, citing protests; Sanral unconvinced  

By: Irma Venter     5th February 2019 The Aveng Strabag joint venture (ASJV) has decided to terminate the Mtentu bridge contract, in the Eastern Cape. The 1.1 km, R1.6-billion bridge forms part of the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) N2 Wild Coast road project. 

Aveng Strabag JV terminates Mtentu contract, citing protests; Sanral unconvinced
An artist's impression of the proposed Mtentu bridge

Contract to expand William Nicol Drive cancelled – Vadi

By: African News Agency      4th February 2019 The contract for the company that was supposed to do some work on William Nicol drive has been cancelled, the Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi announced on Monday. Lubbe Construction had been contracted by the provincial department to construct the stalled K46 (William Nicol Drive)... 

Contract to expand William Nicol Drive cancelled – Vadi
Gauteng MEC for Roads & Transport Ismail Vadi

Aveng Strabag JV halts work at Mtentu bridge site, declares force majeure 

By: Irma Venter     29th January 2019 The Aveng Strabag joint venture (JV), responsible for building the R1.6-billion Mtentu bridge, in the Eastern Cape, has not returned to site following a three-month break as a result of violent community protests against the project. The bridge forms part of the South African National Roads... 

Aveng Strabag JV halts work at Mtentu bridge site, declares force majeure
An artist's impression of the Mtentu bridge

DTPW provides update on Great Brak River roadworks

By: Simone Liedtke     23rd January 2019 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works (DTPW) on Wednesday said its R182-million project to upgrade the R102 between Hartenbos and the Great Brak River, as well as the DR1578 between Tergniet and Wolwedans, would be completed by mid-2020. A number of construction activities are... 

DTPW provides update on Great Brak River roadworks
A number of stop/go controls will be implemented along the R102, between Hartenbos and the Great Brak River, to manage the flow of traffic where necessary

Western Cape govt starts Holgaten trunk road improvement project

By: Marleny Arnoldi     22nd January 2019 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works has started a project to improve and reseal 16.5 km of trunk road between Holgaten and Oudtshoorn, and reseal another 6.7 km section of trunk road between Holgaten and Uniondale. The first section is a major north-south link between... 

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