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Roads News

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

Covid-19 to have lasting impact on the transport sector

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic means it will never again be business as usual for the transport sector, says Transport Authority for Gauteng (TAG) CEO Jack van der Merwe. The disease has upended almost every aspect of the sector, with a number of changes threatening to be permanent. 

Covid-19 to have lasting impact on the transport sector

Modular panel bridge project makes headway

By: Darren Parker     14th August 2020 Machinery and tools supplier Bosch Specialised Equipment (BSE) has successfully delivered 11 new modular panel bridges to Dunnottar Military Base in Nigel, in Gauteng, which will, in turn, be delivered to various locations across KwaZulu-Natal, to be erected over the next 18 months. BSE director... 

Modular panel bridge project makes headway
OVER TROUBLED WATERS The bridges help to prevent incidents of drowning and attacks on pedestrians

Trac sees volumes improving after more than 70% drop in traffic  

By: Irma Venter     7th August 2020 Trans African Concessions (Trac) says traffic volumes are steadily increasing on the N4 between South Africa and Mozambique after South Africa moved from Alert Level 5 to Alert Level 4 and then on to Level 3 in its programme to battle the Covid-19 pandemic. Trac manages the N4 toll route starting... 

Sanral says it is ready to implement R30bn in projects 

By: Irma Venter     6th 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... 

Sanral says it is ready to implement R30bn in projects

Increasing infrastructure investment would boost South Africa’s potential growth, OECD survey asserts 

By: Terence Creamer     31st July 2020 Higher levels of infrastructure investment are needed to increase South Africa’s potential growth, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) latest survey of South Africa asserts. Released on July 31, the report warns that the South African economy could contract by as... 

Increasing infrastructure investment would boost South Africa’s potential growth, OECD survey asserts
OECD says tourism sector has big jobs potential, but will need support until the middle of 2021

Covid lockdown pushes back completion dates for N4 projects

By: Irma Venter     31st July 2020 The four major rehabilitation and expansion projects on the South African side of the N4 toll route are back on track, says toll road manager Trans African Concessions (Trac). All sites were officially opened in the second week of May and are fully operational. 

Efficient wagon handling lowers operational costs

31st July 2020 The safe and efficient offloading of materials from both rail wagons and road trucks improves efficiencies, lowers operating costs and protects product integrity during bulk handling, says materials handling company Specialised Container Agencies (SCA). “SCA focuses on the design of containerised... 

Efficient wagon handling lowers operational costs
ON TRACK TIPPER The use of containerised bulk materials handling solutions ensures safe and efficient offloading in road and rail hauling

Approvals for Gazetted list of infrastructure projects valued at R360bn to be fast-tracked 

By: Terence Creamer     27th July 2020 The Presidency’s Investment and Infrastructure Office head Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa  reported on Monday that the publication of an initial list of 50 Strategic Integrated Projects and 12 Special Projects in the Government Gazette is motivated by a desire to ensure that the approval processes... 

Approvals for Gazetted list of infrastructure projects valued at R360bn to be fast-tracked
Dr Kgosientso Ramokgopa

Taxi assistance approved in principle, says TAG’s Van der Merwe

By: Irma Venter     24th July 2020 Government has taken the policy decision to financially assist minibus taxis, but the mechanism to do this has not yet been determined, says Transport Authority of Gauteng (TAG) head Jack van der Merwe. “The short answer is that government has made a decision that taxis are a very important... 

UP, CSIR sign collaboration agreement on smart transport, cities 

By: Irma Venter     23rd July 2020 The University of Pretoria (UP) and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), have signed a memorandum of agreement to collaborate in the areas of smart transport, cities and environments. “The cooperation means that UP... 

UP, CSIR sign collaboration agreement on smart transport, cities 

Trac sees volumes improving after more than 70% drop in traffic   

By: Irma Venter     15th July 2020 Trans African Concessions (Trac) says traffic volumes are steadily increasing on the N4 between South Africa and Mozambique after South Africa moved from Alert Level 5 to Alert Level 4 and then on to Level 3 in its programme to battle the Covid-19 pandemic. Trac manages the N4 toll route starting... 

Trac sees volumes improving after more than 70% drop in traffic  

Sanral says it is obligated to protect the commercial rights of concessionaires

By: Simone Liedtke     10th July 2020 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says that while it agrees that “it ought to be transparent in its dealings with third parties”, it is also obliged to protect the rights of these parties.  This comes after the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) made a formal request for... 

Capacity development, training continues with virtual meetings

By: Schalk Burger     3rd July 2020 Professional development nonprofit organisation The South Africa Road Federation (SARF) is delivering ten accredited courses using Microsoft Teams during July and August, with planning for courses later in the year also under way, SARF operations director Basil Jonsson says. South Africa’s road... 

Road-freight platform Saloodo! launches in Mozambique

By: Irma Venter     26th June 2020 Digital road-freight platform Saloodo! has launched its digital logistics platform for shippers and transport providers in Mozambique in a move the company hopes will further expand its digital road-freight solution in Africa. Saloodo! is a subsidiary of DHL Global Forwarding, which is a provider... 

Icon Group developing a new filling station along M2 highway

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2020 Civil engineering and construction services provider Icon Group was awarded a contract to develop a new filling station along the M2 Johannesburg highway, in Kensington. Located between the Chilvers street and Cleveland road offramps, the new development will provide motorists with a refueling... 

Icon Group developing a new filling station along M2 highway
The construction site along the M2 Johannesburg highway, in Kensington

Intelligent transport system community severely impacted on by Covid-19 

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the local intelligent transport system (ITS) community, says Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. The ITTSA conducted a survey among its members on the new normal brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Collaborative effort to unblock chronic congestion at SA’s busiest port

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2020 New equipment, improved access roads, synchronised, longer operating hours and a truck booking system are all in the works for the heavily congested Port of Durban, says Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) Port of Durban GM Moshe Motlohi. The country’s busiest port has long been criticised... 

Collaborative effort to unblock chronic congestion at SA’s busiest port

Sanral seeks go-ahead to move to paperless tender process

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2020 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is awaiting permission to move to an online tender system, says Sanral Eastern Region regional manager Dumi Nkabinde. Seventy tenders are currently undergoing compliance checks at Sanral, while 132 are under evaluation. The number of... 

DoT unveils plans for new auto terminal at Durban, branch line concessioning

By: Irma Venter     12th June 2020 The Department of Transport (DoT) intends to take over the functioning of struggling integrated public transport networks (IPTNs) in five cities, with six cities currently operating these systems, says Department of Transport director-general Alec Moemi. IPTNs should, ideally, incorporate bus... 

Trucking regulations harmonisation, digitalisation to aid Covid-19 fight, says World Bank 

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2020 The World Bank Group advises ports to rapidly increase their digitalisation efforts over the short to medium term – one to six months – in an effort to reduce the frequency of people- and paper-based contact, says World Bank Group global lead for transport connectivity and regional integration,... 

Trucking regulations harmonisation, digitalisation to aid Covid-19 fight, says World Bank

Christiaan de Wet road reopened

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th June 2020 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has reopened the left lane of Christiaan de Wet road following repairs carried out last month. A section of road behind the Clearwater Shopping Mall, towards Ontdekkers road, was closed off to traffic in May following a collapse of the road, owing to damaged... 

Sanral warns public of tender scam

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     8th June 2020 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it has been made aware of a scam inviting members of the public to tender on its contracts and asserts that the invitation to tender is fraudulent and did not legitimately emanate from its officials. “The invitations to tender are made... 

Concrete solutions for rural roads

5th June 2020 With poor rural gravel roads causing horrific accidents, technical service provider The Concrete Institute (TCI) MD Bryan Perrie says there is substantial scope for more low-volume concrete roads to increase road safety in South Africa. 

Concrete solutions  for rural roads
A LONG ROAD AHEAD Concrete roads have a relatively maintenance-free life of up to, and beyond, 30 years

Aarto roll-out date delayed 

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd June 2020 The national roll-out date for the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act has been delayed owing to the Covid-19 outbreak. In August 2019, the Aarto Bill was signed into law and, although no date was officially promulgated, it was intended to take effect by mid-2020. 

DHL makes acquisition to grow e-commerce footprint in Africa

By: Irma Venter     29th May 2020 DHL Express has acquired a minority stake in Link Commerce, the UK-based e-commerce firm that helped the logistics company develop its DHL Africa eShop platform. The acquisition demonstrates the company’s commitment to growing e-commerce in Africa, says DHL Express sub-Saharan Africa CEO Hennie... 

DHL makes acquisition to grow e-commerce footprint in Africa

DPWI, partners complete bridge to connect communities in Eastern Cape

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th May 2020 The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) says a bridge has been delivered in a rural community in the Eastern Cape. The bridge was completed in recent weeks as a critical infrastructure project in the Bilatye community in the Chris Hani District municipality in the Eastern Cape. 

DPWI, partners complete bridge to connect communities in Eastern Cape
Bilatye bridge
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