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Roads News

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

Backed-up infrastructure pipeline a concern

By: Darren Parker     2nd April 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic has had a worrying impact on the outlook for infrastructure projects, with the expected “backed-up pipeline” a growing concern, says engineering and infrastructure consultancy company SMEC South Africa structures functional GM John Anderson. “While there are obvious... 

Backed-up infrastructure pipeline a concern
GETTING OVER IT Over the past few months, there has been an uptick in the number of tenders put out by State-owned entities, particularly in the transportation sector

Construction starts on Rivonia road Rea Vaya BRT station

By: Donna Slater     30th March 2021 The Johannesburg Development Agency (JDA) says it will start implementation of the Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) station on Rivonia road, in Sandton, in the second quarter. The station’s construction is the final stretch of BRT infrastructure to be implemented in the area and, once completed,... 

Construction starts on Rivonia road Rea Vaya BRT station

Sanral reports progress on routine road maintenance projects in Gauteng

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th March 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has announced that progress has been made on routine road maintenance (RRM) projects across Gauteng’s three metropolitan areas of Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg and Tshwane. Sanral has appointed the Ndodana/Oarona joint venture as the consulting... 

Nigeria Minister pushes timeous project completion

26th March 2021 Nigeria Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi tasked the promoters of the Lekki Deep Sea Port project situated in Lekki, Nigeria, with timely completion to ensure commencement of commercial activity by 2022. Amaechi made this known during a monitoring visit to the Lekki Deep Sea Port site on... 

Nigeria Minister pushes timeous project completion
MINISTERIAL MOTIVATION The Minister of Transportation in Nigeria has pushed promoters for the on-time completion of the Lekki Deep Sea Port

New straddle carriers now available in Africa

26th March 2021 Earlier this year, South Africa-based equipment supplier BLT World announced the launch of its new Mobicon 2HL series mini straddle carriers in Africa. Mobicon container handlers – key machines in BLT World’s range of container handling equipment – are designed for lifting containers securely... 

New straddle carriers now available in Africa
UPLIFTING The mini straddle carriers are capable of lifting containers two high for efficient stacking

Gauteng launches its R23bn infrastructure project book, Transport Infrastructure House

By: Simone Liedtke     18th March 2021 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has published its priority projects, valued at R23-billion, for delivery in the next ten years as part of its contribution to an infrastructure-led economic recovery. Of the 67 projects, 13 are private developer contribution projects valued at... 

Gauteng launches its R23bn infrastructure project book, Transport Infrastructure House
MEC Jacob Mamabolo

De Lille unveils three bridges built as part of Strategic Integrated Project programme

By: Yvonne Silaule     11th March 2021 Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille and Kwazulu-Natal Transport MEC Kwazi Mshengu have unveiled three recently completed bridges in Ekhamanzi, Kwazulu-Natal. The bridges were built under the the Welisizwe Rural Bridges Programme, which is aimed at significantly improving... 

JRA working to improve asphalt plant's performance

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th March 2021 The Johannesburg Roads Agency’s (JRA) is taking steps to improve the performance of the asphalt plant it launched in 2018. The agency notes that the plant has been experiencing operational challenges in terms of human resources, supply of materials and challenges related to procurement to sustain... 

Gauteng govt calls for scrapping of e-tolls

By: News24Wire      4th March 2021 The Gauteng government believes it can resolve the e-tolls matter "once and for all". The topic, which arises every election cycle, has been raised by Gauteng Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo who on Wednesday restated the long-standing position of the province and its opposition over the operation of... 

Gauteng govt calls for scrapping of e-tolls

DRC, as a keystone in AfCFTA, can link regional value chains

By: Schalk Burger     3rd March 2021 Trade and development experts have detailed the key role the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) can play in providing mineral resources for industrial and manufacturing value chains, supporting agricultural and agroprocessing value chains and serving as an epicentre for intra-African trade to... 

DRC, as a keystone in AfCFTA, can link regional value chains
Saceec CEO Eric Bruggeman

Cabinet approves new National Transport Policy

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2021 Cabinet announced on Friday that it had approved the revised White Paper on National Transport Policy. The policy replaces the 1996 National Transport Policy. 

JRA welcomes arrest of suspects as efforts to curb road infrastructure theft continue

By: Marleny Arnoldi     25th February 2021 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA), in partnership with the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), has announced that their collaboration has resulted in the arrest of two suspects posing as technicians of the agency. The JRA has partnered with the JMPD to intensify law... 

Government commits to improving infrastructure spending 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th February 2021 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),... 

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