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Roads News

Road Freight Association calls for ring-fencing of fuel levy to maintain roads

By: Schalk Burger     23rd June 2021 The Road Freight Association (RFA) has called for the national general fuel levy (GFL) to be ring-fenced and used to fund road infrastructure by allocating it to the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). "Roads should be funded by the GFL. If this levy had been applied solely to... 

Sanral undertaking road improvement activities

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     14th June 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is undertaking a number of road improvement activities in several provinces. It has noted in a series of media releases that it has recently awarded a contract for the resurfacing of National Road R33, Section 6, from Mkhondo to Amsterdam,... 

Frost & Sullivan expresses concern about poor state of South Africa’s roads

By: Simone Liedtke     9th June 2021 More than half (54%) of the country’s unpaved road network is in either poor, or very poor condition, while about a third (30%) of the paved network is in poor, or very poor condition, says consultancy Frost & Sullivan. The Eastern Cape, Free State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the North West, in... 

Frost & Sullivan expresses concern about poor state of South Africa’s roads

'RAF has recorded a R3.2bn surplus for first time in decades' – Mbalula

By: News24Wire      8th June 2021 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula is optimistic they are on the right path to turn the troubled Road Accident Fund (RAF) into a sustainable and equitable road accident scheme. For years, the RAF has struggled with financial woes, but during a media briefing on Monday, Mbalula said that the... 

Jumpers Informal Settlement in Cleveland raided

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th June 2021 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA), in partnership with the South African Police Services (Saps), departments and entities of the City of Joburg (CoJ) and private companies that are affected by illegal mining activities, embarked on a joint operation raiding the Jumpers Informal Settlement, in... 

Agency moves to add machine learning to road-safety arsenal

By: Schalk Burger     4th June 2021 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is exploring the use of machine learning to make more effective use of its data collected from field devices, such as vehicle-detection systems and cameras, and floating car data, which is a collection of anonymised road traffic data from... 

Agency moves to add machine learning to road-safety arsenal

Local service provider to supply machine for Beitbridge project

By: Halima Frost     4th June 2021 Bulk earthworks, demolitions and civil engineering service provider Icon Group has been awarded a contract to supply its three-sided impact roller to the expansion project at the Beitbridge border post, in Zimbabwe. The three-sided impact roller will be used to compact in-situ and construct bulk... 

TRIPLE POWER
The three-sided impact roller will be used to compact in-situ and construct bulk earthworks
TRIPLE POWER The three-sided impact roller will be used to compact in-situ and construct bulk earthworks

Port upgrade strengthens Horn of Africa trade

By: Halima Frost     4th June 2021 The Berbera port, operated and managed by multinational logistics company Dubai Ports (DP) World, is undergoing a multifaceted upgrade valued at $442-million. The upgrade will expand the port, as well as develop a logistical platform and a free zone to strengthen the port’s position as a key... 

SHIP SHAPE
The upgrades to the Berbera port in Somaliland will allow for more containers and larger ships to dock
SHIP SHAPE The upgrades to the Berbera port in Somaliland will allow for more containers and larger ships to dock

Zutari appointed to develop feeder roads plan for LHWP Phase II

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     2nd June 2021 The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has awarded Zutari Lesotho the professional services contract for the development of the master plan for feeder roads and bridges related to the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) Phase II. Work on the contract is valued at about M13-million... 

No decision made on e-tolls – Fikile Mbalula 

By: Sane Dhlamini     27th May 2021 The National Department of Transport said on Thursday no decision has been made regarding the future of e-tolls. This follows a tweet from SAFM which said that Gauteng Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo said in an interview with them that a decision has been taken to scrap e-tolls in the province.... 

No decision made on e-tolls – Fikile Mbalula

Molapo bridge to improve connectivity in Jabulani, Soweto

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th May 2021 Improved connectivity and mobility are imminent in the Jabulani Node in Soweto, upon the completion of the Molapo bridge, the City of Johannesburg says. Now 80% complete, the bridge will connect the community of Molapo to the Jabulani Node and the Jabulani central business district (CBD). 

Molapo bridge
Molapo bridge

Transnet aims to implement three private sector participation projects this year  

By: Terence Creamer     25th May 2021 Freight logistics group Transnet expects to proceed with three private sector participation (PSP) projects before the end of the year, with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan confirming that the State-owned group’s new strategy is to drive volume growth “by developing key strategic... 

Transnet aims to implement three private sector participation projects this year

Fugitive dust reduced on mine haulage roads

By: Theresa Bhowan     21st May 2021 Owing to the dust emissions generated on mine haulage roads and the growing health concerns associated with Covid-19, environmental management company I-CAT has developed the GreenBit dust-suppression solution. The water-soluble and easy-to-apply product improves tyre grip while reducing the need... 

LESS DUST
I-CAT manufacturing plant
LESS DUST I-CAT manufacturing plant

New bridge offers respite to one of Africa’s busiest borders

By: Bloomberg     11th May 2021 Botswana and Zambia opened the $260-million Kazungula bridge, which may help alleviate congestion at one of Africa’s busiest border crossings in neighbouring Zimbabwe. The 923 m road and rail bridge offers a faster and cheaper alternative to a route via Beitbridge on Zimbabwe’s border with South... 

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... 

 	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
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... 

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

UPLIFTING
The mini straddle carriers are capable of lifting containers two high for efficient stacking
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... 

MEC Jacob Mamabolo
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... 

Saceec CEO Eric Bruggeman
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,... 

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