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Roads News

Government commits to improving infrastructure spending 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     Updated 4 hours ago The 2021 Budget, presented by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on February 24, outlines that R93.1-billion has been earmarked for economic regulation and infrastructure, from consolidated government expenditure of R2.02-trillion each year over the medium term. To boost infrastructure spending,... 

National road toll tariffs to increase March 1

By: Donna Slater     22nd February 2021 The Department of Transport has announced new toll tariffs for South Africa’s national roads following Minister Fikile Mbalula’s approval and recommendation by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). The adjustments are done yearly, in line with the consumer price index (CPI)... 

Sanral to invest R500m in Buffalo City road project

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is investing an estimated R500-million in a road infrastructure project in the Buffalo City metropolitan municipality, in the Eastern Cape. The contract will involve the improvement of the N2 national road from Green River to Buffalo River... 

Transnet pilots reefer trains to ease road congestion in Cape town

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th February 2021 To bring about much-needed relief on roads and move goods more efficiently to the ports, Transnet’s Cape Town Container Terminal has piloted an inland operation that will see the haulage of reefer containers from Belcon Inland Terminal, in Bellville, to the port. The collaboration between... 

AfriSam notes readiness to bring more capacity on stream for roadworks

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     5th February 2021 With some important road contracts already secured for this year, building materials company AfriSam notes that it is well placed to bring more capacity on stream as and when there is an upswing in South Africa’s roadbuilding sector. “The construction materials market is now only about a third of... 

AfriSam notes readiness to bring more capacity on stream for roadworks
Avi Bhoora

Sanral to invest R500m in Buffalo City road project

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is investing an estimated R500-million in a road infrastructure project in the Buffalo City metropolitan municipality, in the Eastern Cape. The contract will involve the improvement of the N2 national road from Green River to Buffalo River... 

Sanral to invest R500m in Buffalo City road project

Company facilitates workshops, audits for road compliance

By: Cameron Mackay     22nd January 2021 Local auditing company JC Auditors has played an integral supporting role in the efforts of the Road Transport Management System’s (RTMS’) National Steering Committee by conducting audits and hosting RTMS workshops, having hosted the first RTMS workshop in 2003.   RTMS is an industry-led and... 

Company facilitates workshops, audits  for road compliance
VITAL FIRST INSPECTIONS JC Auditors were able to conduct on site truck inspections with the onset of Covid-19 Level 3 restrictions last year

Association pleads with Free State transport department for road repairs

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th January 2021 Agricultural association Free State Agriculture (FSA) has directed a letter to the Free State Department of Police, Roads and Transport requesting urgent actions to repair roads for critical access in the province. This comes as recent flooding in the province has caused severe damage to roads... 

Transport dept partners with Distell on road safety campaign

By: Yvonne Silaule     14th December 2020 The Department of Transport has partnered with South African alcoholic beverages manufacturer Distell on a 365 days Arrive Alive road safety campaign. Distell has also committed to supporting the road safety interventions of the department through heightening public awareness and intensify the... 

Gauteng clearing drivers licence renewal backlog, says Mamabolo

By: African News Agency      8th December 2020 More than 51 000 people managed to renew their driver’s licences across South Africa’s Gauteng province in November, after a major intervention led by member of the executive council for public transport and roads infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo following an outcry on a massive backlog. Mamabolo... 

Sanral shares details on Eastern Cape road upgrades 

By: Donna Slater     4th December 2020 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) is planning major road upgrade projects for the King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) local municipality, including upgrading and widening of the R61, and upgrading of the N2 from Viedgesville to Mthatha into a dual carriageway. Sanral southern region... 

Rail link planned for small-scale cane growers

By: Darren Parker     4th December 2020 Sugar producer Tongaat Hulett is partnering with the South African Farmers Development Association, and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development to establish a sugar cane rail transport system, in KwaZulu-Natal, between Makhathini cane growers in northern Zululand and... 

Rail link planned for small-scale cane growers
LOWERED HAULAGE COSTS The project will result in a 50% reduction in transportation costs for growers

UP opens new engineering research facility

By: Schalk Burger     2nd December 2020 The University of Pretoria (UP) has opened its new Engineering 4.0 facility, which focuses on research on smart transport, cities and infrastructure. The facility, on the Hillcrest campus, is part of the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT), the university... 

UP opens new engineering research facility

Ctrack Freight Transport Index growth slows

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2020 The October Ctrack Freight Transport Index (CFTI) shows that the index will not boast the same growth in the fourth quarter as the record-breaking third quarter, but that some improvement is still expected. The index measures the health of South Africa’s logistics sector. 

Ctrack Freight Transport Index growth slows

Buses, trains shunned in favour of cars and taxis, Gauteng travel survey reveals

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 Low-capacity transport modes, such as minibus taxis and private cars, have become the backbone of the transport network in Gauteng province, as opposed to high-capacity modes, such as rail and buses. This is one of the main findings of the 2019/20 Gauteng Household Transport Survey (GHTS),... 

CSIR and asphalt industry construct test road using local fillers, recycled tyres

By: Irma Venter     27th November 2020 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and private company Much Asphalt have successfully constructed a section of road using locally available micro-fillers and recycled tyres. Following more than a year of combined laboratory development and evaluation efforts by CSIR Smart... 

RFA pleads for govt intervention amid 'war' on trucks

By: Marleny Arnoldi     24th November 2020 The Road Freight Association (RFA) has expressed its dismay at government failing to act against attacks on truckers that started flaring up again earlier in November. Attacks on trucks first started becoming prevalent in March 2018, but, most recently, petrol bombs were thrown at five trucks... 

Covid-19 will not affect current capex, but future projects dependent on recovery, says Trac

By: Irma Venter     20th November 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic will not affect the roll-out of the current R1.6-billion worth of capital projects along the N4, says Trans African Concessions (Trac) CEO Alex van Niekerk. Trac manages the N4 Toll Route between Tshwane, Gauteng, and the Maputo port, in Mozambique. 

Supreme Court of Appeals rules in favour of Sanral

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     18th November 2020 An appeal to prevent the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) from claiming guarantees from the joint venture (JV) that stopped work on the Mtentu bridge project in 2019 has been dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeals (SCA). The judgment in the matter between the JV of... 

Logistics index shows ‘strong growth’ in third quarter, following decline in prior three months

By: Irma Venter     13th November 2020 The South African logistics sector has just recorded its strongest ever quarter of growth, according to the newest Ctrack Freight & Transport Index (CFTI). In June, at the end of the second quarter, the CFTI showed that the domestic logistics sector recorded a decline of 17.6% compared with the... 

Road development integral to post-pandemic recovery, speakers say 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th November 2020 The road industry has been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, but it has a considerable role to play in the economic recovery and sustainable development of the sector must be pursued to engender this. This was indicated by speakers during the International Road Federation's (IRF’s)... 

R292m road construction to unlock economic opportunities for KZN rural community

By: Yvonne Silaule     9th November 2020 As part of government’s Covid-19 economic recovery strategy, more than 2 300 jobs will be created through the newly launched  R292-million P714 road construction project, in KwaZulu-Natal. The construction of the road is expected to benefit the community of Ndwedwe, in the iLembe district... 

South Africa urged to take the lead in adopting TIR system

By: Irma Venter     6th November 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... 

Sanral, Safcec sign MoU to prioritise small contractor development

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2020 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (Safcec), with the aim of prioritising the development of small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in the road construction... 

Bank to play pivotal role in recovery plan

By: Cameron Mackay     30th October 2020 State-owned development finance institution Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is looking to accelerate playing a meaningful role in the economic recovery of the country by assisting in financing and implementing vital infrastructure projects for the transport sector, particularly road... 

Bank to play pivotal role in recovery plan
THE ROAD TO RECOVERY The DBSA sees roads infrastructure and other transport sector infrastructure as key to stimulating economic growth and social inclusion

Ctrack Freight & Transport Index sees logistics sector making a comeback

By: Irma Venter     29th October 2020 The South African logistics sector has just recorded its strongest ever quarter of growth, this according to the newest Ctrack Freight & Transport Index (CFTI). In June, at the end of the second quarter, the CFTI showed that the domestic logistics sector recorded a decline of 17.6% compared with... 

Ctrack Freight & Transport Index sees logistics sector making a comeback

Smart mobility plan launched to improve Gauteng transport by 2030 

By: Donna Slater     27th October 2020 The Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo on October 27 launched the province’s Smart Mobility 2030 Plan, which is a roadmap aimed at addressing the province’s transport challenges. He pointed out that the two biggest challenges in the province are congestion... 

Sanral’s new N2 Wild Coast road to create up to 7 000 jobs

By: Yvonne Silaule     26th October 2020 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says up to 7 000 project-related jobs will be created during the construction of the new N2 Wild Coast road. A further 29 000 permanent direct and indirect jobs may also be created during the service period of the road once it is opened. 

Covid-19 will not affect current capex, but future projects are dependent on recovery, says Trac 

By: Irma Venter     23rd October 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic will not affect the rollout of the current R1.6-billion of capital projects along the N4, says Trans African Concessions (Trac) CEO Alex van Niekerk. TRAC manages the N4 Toll Route between Tshwane, Gauteng, and the Maputo port, in Mozambique. 

 Covid-19 will not affect current capex, but future projects are dependent on recovery, says Trac
Alex van Niekerk

JRA reopens the upgraded Spring road bridge

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th October 2020 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has reopened the upgraded bridge on Spring road, in Weltevreden Park, to motorists and pedestrians. The bridge had been closed off to vehicle and pedestrian traffic since March 2017 after it was washed away by floods. Its initial design capacity was not... 

CSIR and asphalt industry construct test road using local fillers, recycled tyres

By: Irma Venter     16th October 2020 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and private company Much Asphalt have successfully constructed a section of road using locally available micro-fillers and recycled tyres. Following more than a year of combined laboratory development and evaluation efforts between CSIR... 

CSIR and asphalt industry construct test road using local fillers, recycled tyres
Construction of the road using the new materials

Sanral says RRM project creates opportunities for Koster SMMEs

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     15th October 2020 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) convened its flagship ‘Taking Sanral to the People’ stakeholder engagement session in Koster, North West, to foster dialogue with small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs), community members and civil society. Unpacking key projects... 

Sanral says RRM project creates opportunities for Koster SMMEs
Sanral's ‘Taking Sanral to the People’ stakeholder engagement session

Buses, trains shunned in favour of cars, taxis, reveals Gauteng travel survey 

By: Irma Venter     15th October 2020 Low capacity transport modes, such as minibus taxis and private cars, have become the backbone of the transport network in the Gauteng province, as opposed to high-capacity modes, such as rail and buses. This is one of the main findings of the 2019/20 Gauteng Household Transport Survey (GHTS),... 

Buses, trains shunned in favour of cars, taxis, reveals Gauteng travel survey

Mbalula comments on transport month, Madidi bridge launch

By: Marleny Arnoldi     14th October 2020 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has completed its works on the Madidi Bridge, in Madibeng, North West. Transport Minister Fikile Mbabula attended the opening of the 50-m-long Madidi bridge, which was built over the Sand river to serve as a link between the Phasha and... 

Gauteng inland port developer takes legal steps to halt ‘irrational’ road realignments needed to unlock Tambo-Springs hub 

By: Terence Creamer     12th October 2020 The developer of a private inland port in southern Gauteng, known as Distribution Junxion Port of Gauteng, has initiated legal action against the provincial administration in a bid to prevent it from implementing road infrastructure developments required to facilitate the construction of a... 

Gauteng inland port developer takes legal steps to halt ‘irrational’ road realignments needed to unlock Tambo-Springs hub
Map showing the location of Distribution Junxion Port of Gauteng and Tambo-Springs Logistics Gateway in relation to the road and rail networks in the region.

Sanral records R640m revenue shortfall as a result of lockdown 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     7th October 2020 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has recorded a revenue loss of R640-million to date for its 2020/21 financial year as a result of reduced traffic on toll roads during the lockdown. The State-owned roads agency also reported on October 7 that it was underspending about... 

Sanral records R640m revenue shortfall as a result of lockdown

JRA investigating cause of flooding on M1 double decker section

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     6th October 2020 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has apologised to road users for the inconvenience caused owing to the flooding that occurred on the M1 double decker section on October 5. The agency says it is investigating the causes of the flooding and adds that its operations team will ramp up planned and... 

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