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Roads News

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. 

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. 

N7 upgrade set to boost Swartland local economy – Sanral

By: Creamer Media Reporter      6th September 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says the R600-million upgrade of the N7 between Rooidraai and Moorreesburg, in the Western Cape, holds major economic benefits for the Swartland region. “The scope of work entails widening the cross section of the N7 Section 8 for about 25... 

A photo of the Hopefield interchange on the N7 in the Western Cape
The N7 Hopefield interchange

Sanral completes special maintenance project on the R75 in the Eastern Cape

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2021 The R93-million special maintenance project on the R75 from Wolwefontein to Jansenville in the Sarah Baartman district municipality, in the Eastern Cape, has been completed, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) confirmed on September 1. The R75 is one of the major national... 

Pic/Image of the R75 Jansenville to Wolwefontein
THE R75 Jansenville to Wolwefontein.

Gauteng launches #RequestaSlotGP campaign to address licence renewal backlog

By: Yvonne Silaule     1st September 2021 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has launched a #RequestASlotGP campaign to enable driver's licence card holders to request and be allocated a booking slot. The campaign is aimed to run concurrently with the already successful Smart Mobility Weekends Campaign. As past of the... 

Report encourages fit-for-purpose cross-border road transport interventions 

By: Simone Liedtke     1st September 2021 South Africa has seen a 6% fall in exports, from R253-billion in 2019 to R238-billion in 2020, which the Cross-Border Road Transport Agency (C-BRTA) largely attributed to the widespread impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic, it said, severely affected South Africa’s exports owing to the... 

Pic/Image of the Beitbridge Border Post.
The Beitbridge Border Post.

De Lille visits Clanwilliam dam in effort to address slow progress of project

By: Donna Slater     31st August 2021 As part of her oversight visits to various infrastructure projects, Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille visited the Clanwilliam dam and irrigation scheme upgrade project, in the Western Cape, on August 31, to gain insight into delays affecting the project. Work on the dam... 

Huguenot Tunnel upgrades under way, on schedule

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th August 2021 Upgrades to the Huguenot Tunnel are well under way, with no major spike in traffic volumes in the Du Toits Kloof Pass during the night-time closures, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) reports. The pass is currently closed from 22:00 to 06:00 on Mondays to Thursdays to allow... 

Sanral board's term extended beyond August 31

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th August 2021 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has extended the term of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) board beyond August 31, until a new board is appointed. The Department of Transport is recruiting a new board and says the process will be concluded soon. 

N3 upgrade projects to benefit KwaZulu-Natal economy and road users

By: Yvonne Silaule     19th August 2021 Public Works and Infrastructure Minister and Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission Secretariat chairperson Patricia de Lille on August 19 conducted an oversight visit to the N3, in KwaZulu-Natal, where important road upgrade projects are under way. The oversight visit formed part of... 

R573 Moloto road upgrade to create subcontracting opportunities for Elias Motsoaledi community

By: Schalk Burger     16th August 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited's (Sanral's) upgrade of the portion of the R573 Moloto road from Slovo to Siyabuswa in the Elias Motsoaledi local municipality, in Limpopo, will create subcontracting opportunities for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the... 

JRA says improved asphalt plant producing to capacity

By: Schalk Burger     16th August 2021 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) says its asphalt plant, which was refurbished and reopened in April, has since produced 3 947.55 t for all the JRA depots across the seven regions. The asphalt was used to repair more than 100 000 potholes city-wide through the Accelerated Service Delivery... 

R640m Musina ring road project set for 2022 completion

By: Irma Venter     13th August 2021 The R640-million Musina ring road project is set for completion in the second quarter of next year, says the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).  The road will alleviate traffic congestion in the Musina central business district (CBD) and reduce travel time for road users in and... 

Cable car fully operational at N2WCR’s Msikaba bridge site

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th August 2021 The temporary cable car installed at the Msikaba bridge site on the N2 Wild Coast Road (N2WCR) project is now fully operational. The cable car is said to drastically reduce the travelling time between the South and North sites of the Msikaba. 

Without functional roads, South Africa faces socioeconomic dangers – Bakwena

By: Donna Slater     10th August 2021 Roads infrastructure developer Bakwena reports that the civil unrest of mid-July, which placed “chokeholds” on the national roads of the N2, N3 and major roads around Durban, as well as destabilised supply chains in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, are reminders of the crucial role played by road... 

Work on freeway management system project to resume

By: Irma Venter     6th August 2021 Transport infrastructure management company Tolcon has been given the go-ahead to continue with two freeway management system contracts worth a combined R1.7-billion, awarded by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) in 2020, but delayed by court action from disgruntled... 

Sanral relaunches R61 upgrade project

By: Donna Slater     2nd August 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has relaunched its R61 upgrade project, aimed at upgrading the road from Bayiza to Mthatha Airport, in the Eastern Cape. The project came to a standstill in June 2018 when the previous contractor was placed under business rescue and... 

An image of Sanral's R61 upgrade from Bayiza to Mthatha Airport
Sanral's R61 upgrade from Bayiza to Mthatha Airport

M&R’s Clough receives preferred proponent status for Australia transport project

By: Donna Slater     30th July 2021 JSE-listed engineering and construction group Murray & Roberts (M&R) reports that its subsidiary Clough’s joint venture with Acciona has received preferred proponent status on a contract valued at about R2.4-billion for the transportation infrastructure upgrade on behalf of Main Roads in Perth,... 

Covid lockdown delays completion of N4 projects

By: Irma Venter     30th July 2021 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. 

N4 Kaapmuiden-to-Kaalrug project 75% complete

By: Irma Venter     30th 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. 

R640m Musina ring road project set for 2022 completion – Sanral  

By: Irma Venter     29th July 2021 The R640-million Musina ring road project is set for completion in the second quarter of next year, says the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).  The road will serve to alleviate traffic congestion in the Musina central business district (CBD), and reduce the travel time for... 

Image of the Nancefield interchange bridge on the Musina ring road
The Nancefield interchange bridge

Bakwena rolls out tap-and-go technology along N1/N4 route

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     28th July 2021 The Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire has rolled out tap and go technology at selected plazas along the N1/N4 toll route in an effort to increase safety, with the country currently experiencing the third wave of the Covid-19 infections. This technology was extensively tested and refined... 

An image showing the new tap and go technology for selected plazas along the N1/N4 toll route
Tap and go

KZN govt to support companies that want to rebuild businesses destroyed during unrest

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th July 2021 The KwaZulu-Natal government has committed itself to supporting businesses in rebuilding the premises that were destroyed during the civil unrest earlier this week. Premier Sihle Zikalala at the weekend addressed the media about the economic recovery efforts in the province. 

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... 

Netstart graphic about impact of July 2021 looting on SA truckers

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
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