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Roads News

Online tyre retailer launched in South Africa

By: Darren Parker     26th January 2022 Multinational online tyre retailer Blackcircles has launched its service in South Africa. Following a soft launch in December, the company kicked off full promotion in early January. The company was originally founded in 2001 by UK entrepreneur Michael Welch. It was later acquired by tyre... 

Pick n Pay rolls out licence renewal service to more stores, at lower cost

By: Darren Parker     25th January 2022 Retailer Pick n Pay launched its new vehicle licence disc renewal service nationally on January 25. Customers can now renew their vehicle licence discs in more than 500 Pick n Pay stores across South Africa for R250 – which excludes the added courier fee of R99.99 for delivery to customers. 

A photo of a red car and a licence disc
Licence renewals can now be done at Pick n Pay

Africa needs to beef up and integrate infrastructure for AfCFTA to have desired impact

By: Donna Slater     21st January 2022 African nations need to establish and/or reinforce their infrastructure to meet the looming implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), a panel of speakers participating in the UK-Africa Investment Conference, on January 20, have said. “For the African free trade area... 

South African tourism scuppered by extreme licensing delays

By: Darren Parker     21st January 2022 The South African Tourism Services Association (Satsa) has sent a letter of demand to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula calling for urgent action to resolve the “unlawful” delays in issuing National Public Transport Regulator (NPTR) licences, as it was hampering wheels businesses in the tourism... 

A photo of Satsa CEO David Frost
Satsa CEO David Frost

Busa asks Mbalula to review regulations preventing road transport of high-cube containers

By: Donna Slater     20th January 2022 Business Unity South Africa (Busa) is requesting Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula to urgently review applicable regulations that make it illegal to transport high-cube shipping containers on South African roads. High-cube containers are the same length (12.19 m) and width (2.44 m) as a standard... 

Mbalula hopes to launch digital driving licence renewal system in February

By: News24Wire      19th January 2022 The government says it intends to fix the controversial and unreliable driver's licence system by going digital. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has assured motorists that his department will soon launch a new digital licence renewal system. The department faces a huge backlog of drivers... 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Road rehabilitation between Kameeldrift, Ga-Rankuwa to start this week

By: Schalk Burger     17th January 2022 Road management company Bakwena N1/N4 Platinum Highway will undertake major rehabilitation of the base layers in the left-hand lane on portions of the N4 between Kameeldrift and Ga-Rankuwa Interchanges as part of its 2022 planned maintenance programme. The detailed design for this work was... 

RFA studying AARTO judgment, says amendments not focused on changing driver behaviour

By: Schalk Burger     14th January 2022 Industry association the Road Freight Association (RFA) says the North Gauteng High Court's judgment that the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Act (Act 4 of 2019) is unconstitutional is unsurprising because there had been many significant changes made to the... 

Court declares AARTO Amendment Act unconstitutional  

By: Irma Venter     13th January 2022 The High Court has declared the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Amendment Act, on which the planned demerit system for traffic offences is based, unconstitutional and invalid. The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) challenged the constitutional validity of AARTO... 

Image of Cape Town traffic

Law enforcement could be intensified against foreign truck drivers without PDPs - Mbalula

By: News24Wire      16th December 2021 The government is considering implementing laws prohibiting foreign nationals from driving trucks registered in the country without the relevant documents. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said the new law would see undocumented truck divers facing the wrath of the law. This after local truck... 

Opinion: A system to drive road safety

15th December 2021 In this opinion article, South African national Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) Engineering for Road Safety lead and project manager for Sanral's Eastern region, covering KwaZulu-Natal and Free State, Jason Lowe writes about the agency's Safe System model. 

Sanral's Jason Lowe

Sanral urges motorists to be patient in areas where roadworks will continue over December

By: Schalk Burger     13th December 2021 Most of the road construction industry will shut down operations on December 15 and resume on January 10, although some projects will continue during the holiday period. As the holidays are fast approaching, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) urges motorists to rest, ensure... 

Private sector will play key role in AfCFTA industrial development, economic diversification

By: Schalk Burger     10th December 2021 The private sector in Africa will play a critical role in speeding up industrial development and economic diversification, particularly in the context of the ongoing pandemic and other development challenges, as part of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), says logistics company... 

Sanral sets aside R3bn to benefit local SMMEs during N2 Wild Coast road construction

By: Schalk Burger     10th December 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has set aside more than R3-billion to benefit local small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs), in Mpondoland, in the Eastern Cape, as part of the construction of the N2 Wild Coast Road. About 8 000 direct jobs and up to 20 000... 

Road tech can improve road longevity, safety

By: Cameron Mackay     10th December 2021 Engineering consultancy WSP has incorporated technologies that compensate for the potential longer time span between maintenance interventions for the rehabilitation of a 27 km section of road in Gauteng, says WSP director Marshall Muthen. The project, set to begin in January, involves a section... 

N3 Van Reenen's blockade holds trucking industry hostage, RFA says

By: Schalk Burger     3rd December 2021 The transport and logistics industry is being held captive, as the vital N3 route between the Port of Durban and the interior has been blocked again, with violence and looting having occurred, according to some reports, industry organisation the Road Freight Association's (RFA's) CEO Gavin Kelly... 

Trucks driving on the N3

Minerals Council, SAAFF outline requirements to get Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border congestion resolved

By: Donna Slater     2nd December 2021 With delays at the Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border post on the Maputo corridor between South Africa and Mozambique having cost trucking companies R1.3-billion in lost revenue this year, the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF) and the Minerals Council South Africa have requested... 

An image of freight trucks lining up for several kilometres on the N4 towards Komatipoort in South Africa
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Freight trucks lining up for several kilometres on the N4 towards the Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border post in South Africa

Sanral has R1.8bn of road construction projects planned for Sundays River municipality

By: Schalk Burger     1st December 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has planned multiple road construction projects worth R1.8-billion in the Sundays River local municipality, in the Eastern Cape. “In the Eastern Cape, we manage 4 952 km of our 22 214 km national road network. Our operations on the stretch... 

Cabinet to make a final decision on e-tolls soon, says Mbalula

By: News24Wire      30th November 2021 A decision on the future of e-tolls will be announced by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana during the budget speech in February 2022, according to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula. The Department of Transport on Monday issued a statement refuting reports that Cabinet had already made a final... 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Sanral embarks on R1.2bn of road upgrades in Eastern Cape town

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th November 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has allocated R1.2-billion to be invested on road maintenance and construction projects in the town of Matatiele in the Eastern Cape. Speaking at a stakeholder engagement session on November 25, Sanral regional manager Mbulelo Peterson... 

Musina ring road on track for 2022 completion

By: Yvonne Silaule     23rd November 2021 Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele, together with the head of the Infrastructure Office in the Presidency Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa on November 22 held a working visit to the Musina local municipality to assess the progress being made with the construction of the Musina ring road. The... 

African nations mend and make do as China tightens Belt and Road

By: Reuters     22nd November 2021 Deep in Kenya's Great Rift Valley, members of the National Youth Service tirelessly swing machetes to clear dense shrubs obscuring railway tracks more than a century old. It's a distinctly low-tech phase for China's Belt and Road drive in Africa to create the trade highways of the future. 

Third-party rail access necessary structural reform to supplement Transnet capacity - Busa

By: Schalk Burger     19th November 2021 Business formation Business Unity South Africa (Busa) backs third-party rail freight access with the aim of supplementing State-owned Transnet’s capacity, as a necessary structural reform that will contribute to a strengthening of the logistics network, Busa CEO Cas Coovadia said on November 18.... 

Sanral meets with SMMEs to bolster Eastern Cape road maintenance capabilities

By: Donna Slater     5th November 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) met with small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in Indwe and Elliot, in the Eastern Cape, at the start of November to discuss the economic benefits and job opportunities its special maintenance project on the R56 national road... 

Sanral, N3TC lost almost R100m during July unrest

By: Irma Venter     5th November 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and its N3 toll concessionaire (N3TC) recorded almost R100-million in losses and damage during the July civil unrest in KwaZulu-Natal, and some other parts of the country, says outgoing Sanral CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma. He says Sanral suffered... 

Collaboration highlighted as key to enhance transport in Rosebank

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     29th October 2021 The Rosebank node, in Johannesburg, has experienced considerable growth over the past two decades and transport plays a key role within this space. There are, therefore, a number of issues that need to be rectified in this area and collaboration with all stakeholders is pivotal to achieving this,... 

A photo of the Rosebank taxi rank
Photo by Creamer Media's Tasneem Bulbulia
The Rosebank taxi rank

Advanced lighting management system for smart strategy

29th October 2021 Lighting manufacturer BEKA Schréder is proud to introduce you to the Schréder EXEDRA - the most advanced lighting management system on the market that paves the way for future applications in a smarter city. 

A image of the Schréder EXEDRA remote control platform
Schréder EXEDRA The new remote control platform for intelligent street lighting

Opinion: Breaking the stranglehold on growth and recovery

By: Creamer Media Reporter      25th October 2021 In this opinion article, South African National Roads Agency Limited N2 Wild Coast Road lead project manager Craig McLachlan writes about how investment in road infrastructure can support South Africa's post-Covid-19 economic recovery. 

A photo of Sanral N2 Wild Coast Road lead project manger Craig McLachlan

Sanral, N3TC lost almost R100m during July unrest – Macozoma 

By: Irma Venter     22nd October 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and its N3 toll concessionaire (N3TC) recorded almost R100-million in losses and damage during the July civil unrest in KwaZulu-Natal, and some other parts of the country, says outgoing Sanral CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma. He says Sanral suffered... 

Image of the N3 Wilge Toll Plaza

Limpopo govt opens new access road to benefit for Ga-Masemola communities

By: Yvonne Silaule     13th October 2021 Limpopo Premier Chupu Stanley Mathabatha this week officially launched the D4253 road in Ga-Masemola, in the Makhuduthamaga local municipality. Built by Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL), a State-owned entity under the municipal Department of Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure, the road is a 5.42 km... 

City launches app, WhatsApp chatbot to improve pothole reporting

By: Simone Liedtke     12th October 2021 The City of Johannesburg, together with Discovery Insure and Dialdirect Insurance, have launched a new ‘Pothole Patrol’ app and WhatsApp-bot to fast-track the ongoing war on potholes across the city. Launched on October 12, the smart mobility initiative is set to enable the speedy reporting of... 

Sanral starts mobilising for R430m upgrade of Breidbach, Belstone interchanges

By: Schalk Burger     11th October 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says the R430-million upgrade of the Breidbach and Belstone interchanges in King William’s Town will create an estimated 200 job opportunities for the local community, ease mobility between East London and King William’s Town and improve... 

JRA advises of partial lane closures on the M2

By: Marleny Arnoldi     6th October 2021 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has advised that it has implemented partial lane closures on the M2 motorway from the Maritzburg Interchange to the Crown Interchange for repair works. In keeping with the long-term rehabilitation of the M2, the agency has identified 30 “finger joints” to be... 

TRAC unveils new corporate identity

By: Irma Venter     4th October 2021 After 23 years as the concessionaire of the Maputo Corridor, Trans African Concessions (TRAC) has unveiled a new corporate identity. “This rebrand is closely aligned with the company’s current and future business strategy and spotlights its successes to date,” notes the company. 

An image of the TRAC logo
The new TRAC logo

Sanral joins Saice awards to support professional civil engineering industry for development

By: Schalk Burger     20th September 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is the main awards sponsor for industry organisation the South African Institution of Civil Engineering's (Saice's) 2021 industry excellence awards. Saice has long been aligned with Sanral in supporting a strong civil engineering sector in... 

Opinion: Could South Africa’s logistics crisis derail the citrus sector’s stellar growth trajectory?

15th September 2021 In this opinion article, Nedbank head of agriculture John Hudson writes about how logistics constraints are hampering the growth of South Africa's citrus sector. 

A photo of a box of oranges

Sanral board embarks on recruitment drive for a CEO

By: Creamer Media Reporter      7th September 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) will embark on a recruitment process for a new CEO. The roads agency intends to recommend a suitable candidate for appointment as CEO to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula before December 1. 

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