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Roads News

AfDB, Moz government ink deal to pave road crucial to trade

By: Donna Slater     1st April 2020 The government of Mozambique and development finance institution, the African Development Bank (AfDB). have signed a protocol agreement for a $34-million grant for the paving of the 35 km Nambungali-Roma road, in Mozambique, to facilitate trade and promote social inclusion of local communities.... 

Engen refinery temporarily shut amid low demand

By: Donna Slater     30th March 2020 The Durban-based petroleum refinery of fuels, lubricants and oil-based products distributor and marketer Engen has undergone a temporary controlled shut down, effective March 27, as a result of forecasted lower demand for petroleum products during the national lockdown which came into effect from... 

Insurers try to ease burden on policyholders amid Covid-19 pandemic

By: Donna Slater     30th March 2020 To help ease the financial burden potentially brought to some people by the slow-down in business during the coronavirus pandemic and national lockdown, Momentum Short-Term Insurance (MSTI) is giving clients early access to R26-million in future no-claims and safety bonuses. To provide immediate... 

Exports can support greater local automotive development

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 Local economic headwinds may potentially be offset by increasing exports under the African Continental Free Trade Area, says industry body National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) CEO Mike Mabasa. The South African automotive industry currently exports to 155... 

Exports can support greater local automotive development
Photo by Donna Slater
QUALITY WORK Ensuring that buyers gain sufficient value and quality of components and services from the value chain drive demand and local manufacturing

Export competitiveness will boost local component manufacturers

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 Replacing imports with locally manufactured components and materials can sustainably improve local supplier development. This is possible if quality standards remain within global benchmarks and if manufacturers can produce sufficient volumes to ensure their costs are competitive for the... 

Export competitiveness will boost local component manufacturers
ARTHUR MTOMBENI collaboration among stakeholders in the automotive value chains and original equipment manufacturers in countries will allow for the creation of a strategic supply base

African automotive industrialisation requires political will, ecosystem

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 Increasing the motorisation rate in Africa from about 42 vehicles per 1000 people to at least the world average of 180 vehicles per 1000 people provide an opportunity for industrialisation, economic growth, balance of payments and job creation in Africa, says industry body African Association of... 

African automotive industrialisation requires political will, ecosystem
DAVE COFFEY Regional cooperation is important to ensure sustainable automotive industrialisation that benefits of all participating countries

Automotive industry transformation focused on future of mobility

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 Automotive industry transformation initiatives, as captured in the Automotive Masterplan 2035, are aimed at radically transforming the industry to meet the future demands of human mobility, in addition to sustaining and growing the industry’s economic outputs and associated socioeconomic... 

Automotive industry transformation focused on future of mobility
MIKE MABASA There is significant scope for cooperation on skills development, value-chain transformation and supplier development to ensure the sustainability of the automotive industry

Tyre manufacturer building retail markets to secure growth

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 With export and original equipment demand in the automotive industry in Africa growing year on year, it is critical for companies to expand their reach into high-growth markets in Africa to secure long-term growth, says Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Sumitomo Dunlop) CEO and National Association... 

Tyre manufacturer building retail markets to secure growth
NEW TYRES The performance standards, wear characteristics and manufacturing requirements of tyres used on electric vehicles are different to those used on internal combustion engine vehicles

Policy certainty to support automotive manufacturing growth

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 The broad support for the Automotive Masterplan 2035 by companies across the value chain and the certainty that it creates supports local vehicle-manufacturing growth and, consequently, for the automotive components industry to increase supply, says Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Sumitomo Dunlop)... 

Policy certainty to support automotive manufacturing growth
PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY Sumitomo Dunlop has grown its local tyre production and capacity on the certainty created by original equipment manufacturers’ plans

SA automotive manufacturing long-term planning, growth supported by policy

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2020 The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM) has been part of the fabric of the South African automotive manufacturing landscape for over 40 years. In that time the sector has evolved from a highly protected, inward-focused production base that exclusively... 

Bakwena Corridor in R582m upgrade  

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2020 Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire (Bakwena) is adding 32 km of a second carriageway on the N4 between the M17 and R512 (Brits Interchange).  The project costs R58-million with a 36-month construction period, and is scheduled to be completed in June next year. 

Bakwena Corridor in R582m upgrade 

Trac’s N4 upgrades progressing well

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd March 2020 Toll route manager Trans African Concessions (Trac) says the upgrade of the N4 highway between Belfast and Machadodorp is progressing well and is 26% complete. It is expected that the main contractor WBHO Construction will complete the R400-million project in three years’ time.  

Lasting solution for e-tolls to be announced soon – Makhura 

By: News24Wire      25th February 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa will soon make an announcement on a lasting solution for Gauteng's e-toll system, Gauteng Premier David Makhura said on Tuesday. He said the executive council had made strong and persuasive arguments to national government on e-tolls. Last year, Makhura said the Gauteng... 

Lasting solution for e-tolls to be announced soon – Makhura
Gauteng Premier David Makhura

Mboweni moots referendum on rescuing State-owned companies on Twitter

By: African News Agency      17th February 2020 After a short hiatus from Twitter, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is once again posting prolifically, using the platform at the weekend to call for a public debate, possibly a referendum, on the use of taxpayers' money to bail out failing State-owned enterprises. "We must develop a democratic... 

Mboweni moots referendum on rescuing State-owned companies on Twitter
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni

Green transport set to overtake cars in world's major cities by 2030

By: Reuters     10th February 2020 From public transport to cycling, sustainable transport is on course to overtake driving in the world's biggest cities within a decade, according to a study released on Monday. Private car trips will drop by 10% on average by 2030 to make up less than half of all city journeys, while public... 

South Africa to fast-track continental infrastructure projects

By: Bloomberg     10th February 2020 South Africa will fast-track four continent-wide infrastructure projects in which it’s involved, including a $14-billion dam on the Congo river, President Cyril Ramaphosa said as the country assumed the chair of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa. The country will drive the Inga III power... 

JRA makes headway in its ‘war on potholes’

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th February 2020 The Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) and the City of Johannesburg (CoJ) have declared a war on potholes in the city and has already made considerable progress in its 60-day action campaign – the first step in its drive to accelerate service delivery and tackle road infrastructure issues. At a... 

JRA makes headway in its ‘war on potholes’
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Siyabonga Genu

Proposed inland port to change the Gauteng logistics landscape, says developer

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th January 2020 Investor and developer NT55 Investments believes the Distribution Junxion development – a proposed inland port and railway park in Gauteng – will transform the country’s rail and transport logistics landscape through its efficient supply chain performance and the considerable cost savings it will... 

Proposed inland port to change the Gauteng logistics landscape, says developer
Distribution Junxion Map

Road freight emissions can be cut by up to 46%, suggests new framework 

By: Irma Venter     24th January 2020 As the primary method for freight transportation in South Africa, road freight, excluding passenger freight, emits about 16.8-million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) a year, making it the second largest contributor to carbon emissions, after electricity. One way to reduce these carbon emissions is... 

 Road freight emissions can be cut by up to 46%, suggests new framework
Dr Lee-Anne Terblanche

JRA to resurface the Smit street offramp

By: Simone Liedtke     21st January 2020 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) will embark on a road resurfacing programme, which will focus on deep patching on the M1 North Smit street offramp, in Braamfontein. The closure will start on January 22 and end on January 28. 

Amid Kenya power struggle, IMF says investment programme in crisis

By: Reuters     17th January 2020 Hundreds of mismanaged infrastructure projects have stalled in Kenya and it will cost around $10-billion to revive them, the IMF said in a report whose findings point to a growing power struggle at the heart of government. Amid mounting public anger over ballooning state debt and a series of... 

AfDB extends $36.7m loan for road rehabilitation project

By: Marcel Chimwala     17th January 2020 Malawi has secured a $36.7-million concessional loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) for the rehabilitation of a 55 km road that connects the districts of Ntcheu and Machinga, in the central and Machinga and eastern regions of the country respectively. The initiative is part of the... 

BMW, ACSA launch EV charging stations at three airports 

8th January 2020 In an effort to push the boundaries of innovation through partnerships, and to improve the customer experience, Airports Company South Africa and BMW South Africa have launched BMW ChargeNow electric vehicle charging stations at OR Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport and... 

BMW, ACSA launch EV charging stations at three airports
BMW, ACSA launch EV charging stations at three airports

Cabinet will decide on e-tolls in new year

By: News24Wire      18th December 2019 The Cabinet has kicked the matter of e-tolls into touch - it will only be dealt with next year. "[The] Cabinet noted the report on the [Gauteng freeway improvement project] [e-tolls] of the task team led by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula. A final decision on the recommendations of the task... 

Renewable-energy projects well under way

By: Darren Parker     13th December 2019 Construction on several Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) fourth bid window projects are well under way. The REIPPPP fourth window bids include 12 wind farms, 12 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, a biomass project, a mini-hydro project and a concentrated... 

Renewable-energy projects well under way
BLADE RUNNING About half of the turbine components had been delivered to Kangnas and Perdekraal Wind Farms in October

Maintenance work on tunnel completed

13th December 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has indicated that the inspection and maintenance work on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel – which was closed on October 1 and was scheduled to open November 30 – was completed as planned. The recharge of the tunnel started on November... 

Maintenance work on tunnel completed
USEFUL BEAUTY The Katse dam not only supplies water to the South Africa but also hydro electricity and tourism to the Kingdom of Lesotho

Water project underway and making progress

13th December 2019 Last month, the official ground-breaking function for Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) took place and was attended by Kingdom of Lesotho Minister of Water Samonyane Ntsekele and South Africa Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. “Implementing Phase... 

Water project underway and making progress
DAM BIG PROJECT The site of the 2.3-billion-cubic-metre Polihali dam

FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index finds ‘some life’ within construction sector

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th December 2019 First National Bank (FNB) and the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) says construction activity has continued to improve in the fourth quarter of the year. The higher activity lifted the FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index to 22, from 15 in the third quarter. 

South Africa to collaborate with Nigeria on road infrastructure

By: African News Agency      3rd December 2019 The South African government is to collaborate with Nigeria on developing road infrastructure in the West Africa country through the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) which is owned by Pretoria. This was confirmed by DBSA’s Hulisani Makhuvha on Monday as he addressed the media in the... 

Sanral: E-toll resistance gave us a bumpy ride  

By: News24Wire      28th November 2019 The South African National Roads Agency admitted to Parliament on Wednesday morning that it was partly to blame for the resistance to its electronic tolling system on Gauteng's freeways as consulting ahead of the toll introduction was flawed. Failure to collect adequate revenues from e-tolling,... 

 Sanral: E-toll resistance gave us a bumpy ride

Sanral’s Alex van Niekerk resigns 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th November 2019 Alex van Niekerk has resigned as the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) planning, transportation and toll manager to pursue another career opportunity. His last day will be February 28, at which point a successor or acting manager will be named. 

Value-added service to enhance in-vehicle video camera solution

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 Fleet and mobile asset management solutions group MiX Telematics has launched the gold MiX Vision Bureau Service, which further extends the value of the in-vehicle MiX Vision video camera solution. The service is managed by MiX Telematics’ team of professional video analysts and is offered as... 

Value-added service to enhance in-vehicle video camera solution
GOING FOR GOLD The gold programme includes an array of driver-coaching tools to ensure that risky driver behaviour can be addressed proactively

Road wear an ongoing concern

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 There are multiple factors that contribute to deteriorating road conditions in South Africa, and the road freight industry cannot be held solely responsible, says Road Freight Association (RFA) CEO Gavin Kelly. The volume of cars, trucks and buses using the roads far exceeds the volumes of 30 to... 

South Africa’s transport future depends on how economy is stimulated 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2019 Transport infrastructure is considered a critical part of the National Development Plan 2030, with State-owned Transnet capital projects acting project director Shraveen Ramdhar on Thursday saying South Africa’s transport future was dependent on how government intended to stimulate the economy.... 

South Africa’s transport future depends on how economy is stimulated
Transnet capital projects acting project director Shraveen Ramdhar speaks to Engineering News Online about South Africa’s transport future. (Video: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd)

Gauteng public transport MEC calls urgent meeting with Putco over string of bus accidents

By: News24Wire      21st November 2019 Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo has called an urgent meeting with bus service operator Putco over a series of accidents in the province. The meeting comes after three Putco buses were involved in separate accidents on Moloto Road on Wednesday. 

TRAC intervenes to alleviate truck backlog between Komatipoort, Lebombo border post

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th November 2019 Toll route manager Trans African Concessions (TRAC) has expressed concern about a truck backlog between the Komati Load Control Centre and the Lebombo Border Post over the past few weeks. The backlog is negatively impacting on the N4 toll route.  

Federation contributes to upskilling, calls for new funding model

By: Cameron Mackay     1st November 2019 The South African Roads Federation (SARF) plans to have conducted more than 50 training and capacity development programmes by the end of this year to help build the necessary capacity in terms of capital, human resources and skills in the roads sector. The programmes cover a range of topics and... 

Federation contributes to upskilling, calls for new funding model
THE ROAD AHEAD A comprehensive plan, which would include the required funds and development of human capital, combined with a will to execute, could address the backlog of road maintenance
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