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Roads News

Is the steel master plan delivering?  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      20th May 2022 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Editor Terence Creamer about whether the steel master plan is delivering; the lack of demand that is negatively impacting on the industry and how localisation could help to boost demand; and the electricity supply and rail and port... 

E-toll decision is imminent, says Mbalula  

By: News24Wire      19th May 2022 Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula said the final pronouncement on the funding model of e-tolls is imminent. Mbalula tabled his budget vote for the Department of Transport in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon. This comes amid uncertainty around South African National Roads Agency Limited... 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Decision on e-tolls ‘imminent’; scrap metal exports must be banned – Mbalula 

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2022 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has yet again promised that a decision on the future of e-tolls in Gauteng is imminent. Delivering his department’s budget vote on Wednesday, he noted that the matter was on Cabinet’s radar, and that a pronouncement would be made once the final decision had been... 

Fikile Mbalula
Fikile Mbalula

Sanral cancels R17.5bn in tenders, citing ‘material irregularities’ 

By: Irma Venter     18th May 2022 The board of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has cancelled tenders to the value of R17.47-billion, citing “material irregularities”. The tenders which the Sanral board did not approve are the Mtentu Bridge Wild Coast project, on the N2, valued at R3.4-billion; the... 

Image of the proposed Mtentu bridge on the N2 Wild Coast project
Image of the proposed Mtentu bridge on the N2 Wild Coast project

Pick n Pay, Takealot partner to sell groceries, liquor on Mr D app

By: Darren Parker     17th May 2022 Retail chain Pick n Pay and online store Takealot have signed a commercial services agreement which will enable customers across South Africa to buy Pick n Pay food, groceries and liquor on a new platform on the food delivery services application (app) Mr D.   In a statement issued on May 17, the... 

Pick n Pay delivery bikes parked in front of a store

Sinkhole on N3 disrupts traffic between Peacevale, Hammarsdale

By: Schalk Burger     12th May 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited on May 11 advised that only one lane was open on the N3 southbound after the Key Ridge interchange after a sinkhole formed, causing major traffic congestion from Peacevale to the Hammarsdale interchange, in KwaZulu-Natal. “Two lanes, including the... 

JRA commits over R12m to resurface the M2 motorway by end-June

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     11th May 2022 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has committed over R12-million towards the resurfacing of the M2 motorway. The three-pronged project, which entails the resurfacing of the M2 motorway Eastbound, 

Repairs to flood-hit N2 in KZN to take between six to eight months

By: Donna Slater     10th May 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) reports that work to fix Section 24 of the National Route 2 (N2) Northbound carriageway between Umzinto and Umgababa, in KwaZulu-Natal, which was closed as a result of severe flooding in April, is set to take between six to eight months.... 

Sanral begins immediate repairs on N12 in the North West

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     10th May 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it has deployed construction teams to start with immediate work on the N12 in Potchefstroom, Klerksdorp and Wolmaransstad in the North West province. In March, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula instructed the roads agency to act... 

An image showing repairs happening at the  N12 Klerksdorp
N12 Klerksdorp

KZN transport dept allocated R12.4bn for 2022/23

By: Yvonne Silaule     6th May 2022 The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport has been allocated R12.4-billion for 2022/23, with a large proportion of the funds to be spent on restoring infrastructure damaged in the recent floods. MEC Peggy Nkonyeni tabled the department’s 2022/23 budget at the Legislature August House on May 5... 

Pylon legs at N2 Msikaba Bridge project hydraulically jacked apart

By: Irma Venter     6th May 2022 The Msikaba Bridge project notched up an engineering milestone this month, when the south pylon legs were hydraulically jacked apart. The 580-m-long, stay cable bridge – which will span the 198-m-deep Msikaba Gorge – is located near Lusikisiki, in the Eastern Cape, and forms part of the South... 

Zikalala says infrastructure repairs progressing

By: Yvonne Silaule     4th May 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has started with the construction of a temporary detour route near the N2 in uMkhomazi and Umgababa in the north of Durban. This will allow flow of traffic from the south to the north of Durban, which has been blocked since the floods in... 

VWSA produces its one-millionth Polo for export

By: Darren Parker     3rd May 2022 Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) has produced its one-millionth Polo for export at its plant in Kariega in the Eastern Cape, the company announced on May 3. “Given the current climate, with the pandemic and the semi-conductor crisis, this milestone is an especially strong moment for VWSA,” said... 

Sanral to invest R155m in Eastern Cape roads maintenance project

By: Schalk Burger     26th April 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) will spend more than R150-million on a special road maintenance project between Cookhouse and Bedford in the Eastern Cape, which is expected to be completed after 18 months. The R63 national road project, valued at R155-million, will create... 

KZN needs R1.9bn to repair infrastructure damaged in floods

By: Yvonne Silaule     25th April 2022 The KwaZulu-Natal government will need more than R1.9-billion to complete work to refurbish what the recent floods have destroyed. Premier Sihle Zikalala made the announcement during an update on the response to the floods on April 24. 

Zikalala calls for waiver of toll fees on major routes in KwaZulu-Natal

By: Yvonne Silaule     22nd April 2022 KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has asked the national government to waive the toll fees on major transport routes in KwaZulu-Natal. Many roads in the province were damaged or washed away by the recent floods, leaving road users to pay toll fees to use the only alternative route – the N2 at... 

Public Works, Defence depts to build modular steel bridges in KZN

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2022 The departments of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) and Defence (DoD) have entered into an agreement to collaborate on the installation of modular steel bridges in the country. Nine of the 18 bridges planned to be built during the current financial year are in flood-affected areas of... 

Sugarcane farmers report extensive damage, AgriSA calls for road repairs as a priority

By: Schalk Burger     20th April 2022 Sugarcane farming industry body South African Cane Growers (SA Canegrowers) says preliminary results from a survey of KwaZulu-Natal cane growers reveal extensive damage from the recent flooding to cane fields, farm infrastructure and access routes to deliver cane to mills. By the afternoon of... 

A cane field in South Africa

JRA repairing sinkholes caused by illegal mining near Booysens road

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2022 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) says it is prioritising the repair of four sinkholes along John and Webber streets, near Booysens road, in Selby, Johannesburg, that developed as a result of illegal mining activities in the vicinity. Repairs to damaged stormwater infrastructure and road... 

Michelin Tyres South Africa achieves Level 1 BBBEE certification

By: Schalk Burger     19th April 2022 Tyre manufacturer and mobility company Michelin Tyre Company South Africa has attained Level 1 broad-based black economic empowerment (BBBEE) certification, which is the result of its four-year transformation journey started by executing a new people, profit and planet strategy in South Africa,... 

Michelin South Africa MD Marcus Baffoe-Bonnie and chief administrative officer Nokonwaba Ngxabazi
Michelin South Africa MD Marcus Baffoe-Bonnie and chief administrative officer Nokonwaba Ngxabazi

Mavuso calls on business, govt to urgently restore transport connections in KZN  

By: Darren Parker     19th April 2022 The flood damage in KwaZulu-Natal reflects a lack of application of existing regulations and poor maintenance of infrastructure, said Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso on April 19. In her weekly newsletter, she noted that infrastructure had failed because it had not been kept in... 

Mavuso calls on business, govt to urgently restore transport connections in KZN

Sanral earmarks R76m for N2 community contracts

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it will invest more than R76-million in seven new contracts to benefit local communities that live along the N2 Wild Coast Road Project, in the Eastern Cape. The seven new subcontracting tenders that will be awarded shortly include a... 

Rail White Paper lauded as Transnet inefficiency lops off at least 1% of GDP

By: Irma Venter     15th April 2022 The South African coal, chrome, iron-ore and manganese mining sectors lost between R39-billion and R50-billion in export earnings last year as Transnet struggled with capacity to rail bigger volumes of these commodities to ports, says economists.co.za chief economist Mike Schussler. “To put this... 

Transnet regains capacity at Port of Durban in wake of cyclone Issa

By: Donna Slater     14th April 2022 Following the destruction caused by cyclone Issa earlier this week, Transnet is building capacity at its various Durban terminals that were impacted by severe weather and flooding. The severe weather conditions impacted on Transnet’s ability to conduct operations, while many employees were... 

An image of a Transnet locomotive
Photo by Creamer Media's Donna Slater
Diesel locomotives shunt wagons at Transnet's Durban container terminal - seen here a week before the region was hit by cyclone Issa, causing widespread destruction, disruption and resulting in several hundred deaths.

Sanral invests over R2bn in King Sabata Dalindyebo municipality

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th April 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has invested more than R2-billion in several road infrastructure development projects in the King Sabata Dalindyebo local municipality, in the Eastern Cape. The agency says this investment will result in much-needed economic opportunities... 

Operations suspended at Port of Durban after heavy rains, Richards Bay operations curtailed

By: Donna Slater     12th April 2022 State-owned logistics group Transnet suspended operations across its Durban Terminals sites from 19.30 on April 11 following disruptive weather conditions in KwaZulu-Natal this week that damaged road infrastructure leading to the Port of Durban and impacting access to harbour terminals. Rail... 

GED Africa, DRC finalise 25-yr infrastructure development concession agreement

By: Schalk Burger     11th April 2022 Project management firm GED Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Ministry of Infrastructure and the Agence Congolaise des Grands Travaux (ACGT) have finalised the 25-year concession agreement outlining the infrastructure development requirements of the DRC segment of the GED Africa... 

Sanral prepares Amahlathi SMMEs for R63 road project

By: Schalk Burger     8th April 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) this week hosted an information session for small, medium-sized and microenterprises (SMMEs) in Amahlathi, in the Eastern Cape, about the road improvement project planned for the R63 national road from Bhisho to the N6 national road bridge... 

ST Energies signs MoU for filling station solar solution

By: Schalk Burger     8th April 2022 French fuel and energy multinational ST Energies has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Shell filling station in Worcerster, in the Western Cape, to implement a sustainable solar solution that will allow the station to achieve carbon-neutral status. The initiative is designed to... 

JRA, Gauteng province terminate traffic light maintenance, repair agreement

By: Schalk Burger     7th April 2022 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) and the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport (GPDRT) have agreed to end the working relationship that has seen the JRA design, install, repair and maintain traffic signals on behalf of the provincial department. The parties could not reach agreement to... 

Damaged roads compromise billions of rands of fresh produce every year, says AgriSA  

By: Marleny Arnoldi     5th April 2022 The poor state of roads in South Africa is adding to the many challenges faced by farmers and industry organisation Agri SA says deteriorating roads are costing the agricultural industry billions of rands every year. It also threatens the food security of communities and the country. 

Photo of a road in South Africa

Sanral to invest R76m in N2 community contracts; retendered Mtentu Bridge project awaiting announcement 

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it will invest more than R76-million in seven new contracts to benefit local communities that live around the N2 Wild Coast Road Project in the Eastern Cape. The seven new subcontracting tenders that will be awarded shortly include a... 

Image of south pylon construction on the Msikaba bridge project
South pylon construction on the Msikaba bridge project

Raubex anticipates more than 200% increase in earnings a share

By: Donna Slater     28th March 2022 JSE-listed construction materials supplier Raubex expects its earnings a share for the financial year ended February 28 to be at least 231% higher year-on-year, while its headline earnings a share are expected to be at least 250% higher year-on-year. The company had posted earnings a share and... 

Sanral dealing with ‘significant backlog’ in procurement

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it is dealing with a “significant backlog in procurement”. There are a number of reasons for this, including a process between the agency and the National Treasury to seek clarification on the 30% subcontracting clause, which took 18... 

FFS Refiners, Rubis Asphalt partner to ensure security of bitumen supply

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     23rd March 2022 Bitumen – commonly used in road construction and maintenance –  is now more widely available to the Western Cape market as a result of a partnership agreement between sustainable hydrocarbon solutions provider FFS Refiners and Rubis Asphalt South Africa. The agreement has already resulted in the... 

An image showing the first shipment of bitumen arriving at the Cape Town Harbour.
The first shipment of bitumen arrived on March 3 at the Cape Town Harbour.

Sanral dealing with ‘significant backlog’ in procurement  

By: Irma Venter     10th March 2022 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it is dealing with a “significant backlog in procurement”. There are a number of reasons for this, including a process between the agency and National Treasury to seek clarification on the 30% subcontracting clause, which took 18... 

The R75 between Jansenville and Wolwefontein

NBCRFLI threatens to shut down road freight industry in light of attacks

By: Darren Parker     9th March 2022 The National Bargaining Council for the Road Freight and Logistics Industry (NBCRFLI) said on March 9 that “it may be necessary for the parties to council to shut down the industry for a period of time” until ongoing “senseless attacks” by members of a truck driver’s forum were stopped. “The... 

NBCRFLI national secretary Musawenkhosi Ndlovu
NBCRFLI national secretary Musawenkhosi Ndlovu
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