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Roads News

Three clients saw 30 000 deliveries cancelled, delayed due to looting – Netstar 

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2021 Data released by telematics company Netstar has revealed the massive impact the widespread protests and looting seen earlier this month have had on the trucking industry’s ability to deliver goods to market. Netstar says three of its major clients lost more than 613 000 km in delivery miles in... 

Osborn unifies under new Astec Industries brand

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     20th July 2021 Global manufacturer of specialised equipment for asphalt road building, aggregate processing and concrete production Osborn Engineered Products has unified under the new Astec industries brand. “We made the decision to unify to make it easier for our dealers and customers to do business with us.... 

Gauteng, freight industry associations partner to improve efficiencies in the sector 

By: Yvonne Silaule     19th July 2021 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport and freight industry associations have established a partnership to improve efficiencies in the logistics and freight sector. The partnership is championed by Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Road Infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo. 

Opinion: The smart road to prosperity

16th July 2021 In this opinion article, South African National Roads Agency head of engineering Louw Kannemeyer argues that smart transport, cities and infrastructure are intertwined in road construction. 

An image of a national road under management of the South African National Roads Agency

SA logistics sector bleeding R100m-plus a day, supply chains must be restored  

By: Irma Venter     16th July 2021 South Africa’s logistics sector will “undoubtedly” see the closure of some logistics businesses owing to the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng, says South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) chairperson and Savino Del Bene South Africa director Dr Juanita Maree. “Some... 

An image of the Durban container terminal
The Durban container terminal

Transnet operations gradually returning to normal following unrest

By: Yvonne Silaule     16th July 2021 There has been an incremental improvement in the operations of State-owned logistics company Transnet, following disruptions caused by days of unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. As a result of the unrest, port operator Transnet Port Terminals had issued force majeure notices with regard to the... 

An image of the Port of Durban

N4 Kaapmuiden to Kaalrug project almost complete, says TRAC  

By: Irma Venter     13th July 2021 Trans African Concessions (TRAC) expects to complete the major upgrade between Kaapmuiden and Kaalrug, in the Nkomazi region, on the N4 Toll Route, by October.  The toll road concessionaire says the 15.5 km road project is more than 75% complete. 

Road construction along the N4

South Africa has lost its status as gateway to Africa as trucks burn – RFA 

By: Irma Venter     12th July 2021 President Cyril Ramaphosa must ensure that the violent scenes currently playing out on South African highways end, says Road Freight Association (RFA) CEO Gavin Kelly. He urges Ramaphosa to see to it “that those that are responsible are held accountable, that the rule of law is shown to be firmly... 

Truck burnt by looters, protestors in unrest around the imprisonment of former SA president Jacob Zuma in July

Tolcon given green light to roll out new Gauteng, WCape freeway management systems  

By: Irma Venter     9th July 2021 Transport infrastructure management company Tolcon has been given the go-ahead to continue with two freeway management system contracts totalling R1.7-billion, awarded by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) in 2020, but delayed by court action from disgruntled competing... 

Tolcon given green light to roll out new Gauteng, WCape freeway management systems

Pilot alcohol evidence centre successfully curbs drunk driving, set for broader roll-out - SAB

By: Donna Slater     8th July 2021 Collective solutions are critical to putting an end to the scourge of drunk driving in South Africa, with public-private partnerships being posited as a solution, South African Breweries (SAB) director of communities Heidi Bartis said this week. She pointed out that such partnerships are already... 

Sanral to install cable car for staff at Msikaba

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th July 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) plans to install a temporary cableway between the north and south sites of the Msikaba bridge project on the N2 Wild Coast road. This will drastically reduce the travelling time for staff around the construction site, which currently... 

Temporary cableway installed at Msikaba bridge
Temporary cableway installed at Msikaba bridge

Sanral awards R237m Eastern Cape road upgrade contract

By: Schalk Burger     2nd July 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has awarded the R237-million contract to upgrade National Route R61, Section 7 from Baziya to Mthatha Airport to H & I Construction. The 27 km stretch of road is in the King Sabatha Dalindyebo local municipality, in the OR Tambo district,... 

Transport revolution on horizon for SA

By: Theresa Bhowan     25th June 2021 While the term sustainable transport system (STS) is often used generically and in a multifaceted sense, engineering and infrastructure consultancy company SMEC South Africa suggests that it should primarily refer to transport systems that have a low impact on the environment, are cost effective... 

SMOOTH SAILING 
All transport service providers are aiming to introduce a world-class STS to service their communities
SMOOTH SAILING All transport service providers are aiming to introduce a world-class STS to service their communities

Road Freight Association calls for ring-fencing of fuel levy to maintain roads

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2021 The Road Freight Association (RFA) has called for the national general fuel levy (GFL) to be ring-fenced and used to fund road infrastructure by allocating it to the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). "Roads should be funded by the GFL. If this levy had been applied solely to... 

Sanral undertaking road improvement activities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th June 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is undertaking a number of road improvement activities in several provinces. It has noted in a series of media releases that it has recently awarded a contract for the resurfacing of National Road R33, Section 6, from Mkhondo to Amsterdam,... 

Frost & Sullivan expresses concern about poor state of South Africa’s roads

By: Simone Liedtke     9th June 2021 More than half (54%) of the country’s unpaved road network is in either poor, or very poor condition, while about a third (30%) of the paved network is in poor, or very poor condition, says consultancy Frost & Sullivan. The Eastern Cape, Free State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the North West, in... 

Frost & Sullivan expresses concern about poor state of South Africa’s roads

'RAF has recorded a R3.2bn surplus for first time in decades' – Mbalula

By: News24Wire      8th June 2021 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula is optimistic they are on the right path to turn the troubled Road Accident Fund (RAF) into a sustainable and equitable road accident scheme. For years, the RAF has struggled with financial woes, but during a media briefing on Monday, Mbalula said that the... 

Jumpers Informal Settlement in Cleveland raided

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th June 2021 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA), in partnership with the South African Police Services (Saps), departments and entities of the City of Joburg (CoJ) and private companies that are affected by illegal mining activities, embarked on a joint operation raiding the Jumpers Informal Settlement, in... 

Agency moves to add machine learning to road-safety arsenal

By: Schalk Burger     4th June 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is exploring the use of machine learning to make more effective use of its data collected from field devices, such as vehicle-detection systems and cameras, and floating car data, which is a collection of anonymised road traffic data from... 

Agency moves to add machine learning to road-safety arsenal

Local service provider to supply machine for Beitbridge project

By: Halima Frost     4th June 2021 Bulk earthworks, demolitions and civil engineering service provider Icon Group has been awarded a contract to supply its three-sided impact roller to the expansion project at the Beitbridge border post, in Zimbabwe. The three-sided impact roller will be used to compact in-situ and construct bulk... 

TRIPLE POWER
The three-sided impact roller will be used to compact in-situ and construct bulk earthworks
TRIPLE POWER The three-sided impact roller will be used to compact in-situ and construct bulk earthworks

Port upgrade strengthens Horn of Africa trade

By: Halima Frost     4th June 2021 The Berbera port, operated and managed by multinational logistics company Dubai Ports (DP) World, is undergoing a multifaceted upgrade valued at $442-million. The upgrade will expand the port, as well as develop a logistical platform and a free zone to strengthen the port’s position as a key... 

SHIP SHAPE
The upgrades to the Berbera port in Somaliland will allow for more containers and larger ships to dock
SHIP SHAPE The upgrades to the Berbera port in Somaliland will allow for more containers and larger ships to dock

Zutari appointed to develop feeder roads plan for LHWP Phase II

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd June 2021 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has awarded Zutari Lesotho the professional services contract for the development of the master plan for feeder roads and bridges related to the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II. Work on the contract is valued at about M13-million... 

No decision made on e-tolls – Fikile Mbalula 

By: Sane Dhlamini     27th May 2021 The National Department of Transport said on Thursday no decision has been made regarding the future of e-tolls. This follows a tweet from SAFM which said that Gauteng Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo said in an interview with them that a decision has been taken to scrap e-tolls in the province.... 

No decision made on e-tolls – Fikile Mbalula

Molapo bridge to improve connectivity in Jabulani, Soweto

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th May 2021 Improved connectivity and mobility are imminent in the Jabulani Node in Soweto, upon the completion of the Molapo bridge, the City of Johannesburg says. Now 80% complete, the bridge will connect the community of Molapo to the Jabulani Node and the Jabulani central business district (CBD). 

Molapo bridge
Molapo bridge

Transnet aims to implement three private sector participation projects this year  

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2021 Freight logistics group Transnet expects to proceed with three private sector participation (PSP) projects before the end of the year, with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan confirming that the State-owned group’s new strategy is to drive volume growth “by developing key strategic... 

Transnet aims to implement three private sector participation projects this year

Fugitive dust reduced on mine haulage roads

By: Theresa Bhowan     21st May 2021 Owing to the dust emissions generated on mine haulage roads and the growing health concerns associated with Covid-19, environmental management company I-CAT has developed the GreenBit dust-suppression solution. The water-soluble and easy-to-apply product improves tyre grip while reducing the need... 

LESS DUST
I-CAT manufacturing plant
LESS DUST I-CAT manufacturing plant

New bridge offers respite to one of Africa’s busiest borders

By: Bloomberg     11th May 2021 Botswana and Zambia opened the $260-million Kazungula bridge, which may help alleviate congestion at one of Africa’s busiest border crossings in neighbouring Zimbabwe. The 923 m road and rail bridge offers a faster and cheaper alternative to a route via Beitbridge on Zimbabwe’s border with South... 

Makhubo says CoJ to focus on finances, good governance; proposes infrastructure drive 

By: Schalk Burger     4th May 2021 City of Johannesburg (CoJ) executive mayor Geoff Makhubo has said the administration was focusing on responding to the worrying state of Johannesburg’s finances, the collapse of good governance and the debilitating effects of Covid-19 on the economy. "We have re-committed ourselves to creating an... 

N2 Wild Coast Road project to support development along key trade corridor

By: Schalk Burger     29th April 2021 The N2 Wild Coast road project will contribute to economic growth and open a trade corridor along the south-eastern coast of South Africa that will promote trade and tourism in South Africa and neighbouring countries Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho, South African National Roads Agency Limited... 

N4 toll route to contribute to South Africa's economic recovery, says Mbalula 

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th April 2021 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on April 26 said the N4 toll route project, which is managed by Trans African Concessions (Trac), and which extends from the Solomon Mahlangu offramp in Tshwane, to Maputo, in Mozambique, would contribute to South Africa's economic recovery. “The N4 toll route is... 

Road construction demand to increase over next three years, says advisory firm

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2021 The South African road construction sector, which has declined in size in recent years owing to the absence of public sector spending, rising material costs and declining profit margins, is expected to see an increase in demand for contractors during the next two to three years. That increase... 

Karino Interchange project set to be completed in November  

By: Irma Venter     26th April 2021 The Karino Interchange in Mbombela, Mpumalanga, is well under way to be completed in November, says Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula. This interchange forms part of government’s road infrastructure projects which are delivered through the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).  

Karino Interchange project set to be completed in November 

AfriForum opposes use of facial recognition on roads owing to privacy violation and potential abuse

By: Schalk Burger     23rd April 2021 Lobby organisation AfriForum has sent a letter to the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), expressing its opposition to the use of facial recognition software that it says will violate citizens' constitutional right to privacy, and which may form part of the proposed broader use... 

Northern Cape govt intervenes to improve service delivery in Sol Plaatje

By: Yvonne Silaule     21st April 2021 The Northern Cape provincial government will invest R500-million in measures to help improve service delivery in the Sol Plaatje municipality. The municipality is said to be facing technical capacity challenges, resulting in the lack of service delivery. 

Sanral innovation hub exploring machine learning to improve road safety

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2021 The South Africa National Roads Agency Limited's (Sanral's) Technical Innovation Hub (TIH) is exploring the use of machine learning to improve road safety, reduce congestion and inform infrastructure development. Information provided by machine learning can be used to activate the appropriate... 

Sanral announces R1.2bn three-year Cradock and Middelburg road construction projects

By: Schalk Burger     8th April 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is investing about R1.2-billion in road construction projects in Cradock and Middelburg, in the Eastern Cape, over the next three years. The projects in the Inxuba Yethemba local municipality are at various stages, with some in tender stage... 

Vaccination success key to igniting SA’s infrastructure roll-out

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 Despite the strain that the roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations is placing on the fiscus, industry body Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) believes that it needs to be prioritised in concert with the fast-tracked implementation of infrastructure projects for the recovery of South Africa’s... 

Vaccination success key to igniting SA’s infrastructure roll-out
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