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Roads News

Rea Vaya BRT system to be extended to Sandton

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2016 The City of Johannesburg aims to bring its Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system to Sandton central within the next two years. Rea Vaya started operations in 2009, and already runs between areas such as Parktown, Doornfontein and Soweto. 

RAL, Ledjadja partner to upgrade Waterberg roads

By: Natasha Odendaal     2nd August 2016 Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL) and Ledjadja Coal, an operating subsidiary responsible for the Boikarabelo mine on behalf of Resource Generation (Resgen), this week inked a deal to upgrade the road from the Lephalale commercial sector to Steenbokpan and all connector roads to the Boikarabelo site in... 

Rehabilitation of R101, R304 progressing well – WC transport dept

By: Creamer Media Reporter      2nd August 2016 Good progress is being made on the R59-million rehabilitation of the R101 and R304 between Old Paarl road and Bloekombos, in the Western Cape, which is scheduled for completion early in 2017, the provincial Department of Transport and Public Works said on Tuesday. Nearly a year-and-a-half after... 

Grayston Drive pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge inquiry to resume

By: African News Agency      1st August 2016 The inquiry into the 2015 Grayston Drive Pedestrian and cyclist structural bridge collapse in Johannesburg, which left two people dead and 19 others injured, will resume on Tuesday, the Department of Labour said. “The Department of Labour-appointed-M1/Grayston Drive Pedestrian and cyclist... 

Amid opposition, MyCiti bus service reports passenger record

By: Irma Venter     29th July 2016 Cape Town’s MyCiti bus service transported its highest ever number of passengers in May this year, says Cape Town Transport MMC Brett Heron. He says MiCiti saw 700 000 passenger journeys in May. The total number of passenger journeys since the service rolled out in 2010 now numbers more than... 

Belgium trade and investment agency signs Mou with DTI unit

By: David Oliveira     29th July 2016 Belgium-based Wallonia Export-Investment Agency (Awex) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI’s) investment promotion agency InvestSA initiative last month. InvestSA provides a number of services for investors, including facilitation of the... 

THE TRILOGIPORT The trimodal logistics facility, which has cargo transport access by water, rail and road, was officially inaugurated in November last year
THE TRILOGIPORT The trimodal logistics facility, which has cargo transport access by water, rail and road, was officially inaugurated in November last year

Transport costs undermining African farmers

By: Irma Venter     22nd July 2016 A study shows that agricultural fertiliser can land at the Kenyan Port of Mombasa at $350/t, and then sell for 300% to 400% more 1 000 km inland, says Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa CEO Argent Chuula. “The same is... 

Dedicated truck highway could improve logistics services

By: David Oliveira     22nd July 2016 A truck rapid transit (TRT) system, with dedicated road infrastructure similar to that provided for the bus rapid transport system being rolled out in many South African cities, could provide the impetus to improve the country’s anaemic economic growth. During petrochemicals group Shell’s Rimula... 

High-speed BRT lanes not silver bullet they appear to be – UP study

By: Irma Venter     21st July 2016 Bus rapid transit (BRT) systems in South Africa generally have lower passenger demand, poorer financial performance and higher subsidy requirements than initially forecast, says Professor Christo Venter of the University of Pretoria’s Centre of Transport Development. One cause of poor passenger... 

High-speed BRT lanes not silver bullet they appear to be – UP study

Daimler runs first self-driving BRT bus in Amsterdam

By: Irma Venter     18th July 2016 Daimler Buses on Monday announced that its Mercedes-Benz Future Bus with CityPilot had driven autonomously for the first time on a route of around 20 km in Amsterdam, on a section of the longest bus rapid transit (BRT) line in Europe, connecting Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport with the city of... 

The Future Bus
The Future Bus

Rea Vaya to reach Sandton central by 2018

By: Irma Venter     18th July 2016 The City of Johannesburg aims to bring its Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) system to Sandton central within the next two years. Rea Vaya started operations in 2009, and already runs between areas such as Parktown, Doornfontein and Soweto. 

Sandton Central Management District city improvement district manager Elaine Jack
Sandton Central Management District city improvement district manager Elaine Jack

Company strengthens ties with African country

15th July 2016 Global engineering, project management and construction company Bechtel has extended its partnership with Gabon, which it has been working with since 2010 to create and implement a $25-billion national infrastructure plan. 

INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT Construction of infrastructure across Gabon will continue under Bechtel supervision
INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT Construction of infrastructure across Gabon will continue under Bechtel supervision

Infrastructure firm secures new contract

15th July 2016 Global infrastructure firm AECOM, announced last month that it has been selected as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor for the electric utility company Alliant Energy’s Riverside Energy Center expansion project. 

ROAD MAINTENANCE 
Aecom has been contracted by Sanral to upgrade several roads across South Africa
Photo by Duane Daws
ROAD MAINTENANCE Aecom has been contracted by Sanral to upgrade several roads across South Africa

Material failure contributed to fatal Johannesburg bridge collapse, insists expert witness 

By: African News Agency      8th July 2016 For the second day running, the head of the University of Pretoria’s Materials Science and Metallurgical Engineering Department, Roelf Mostert, gave evidence in the Department of Labour inquiry into the Grayston bridge collapse last year that killed two people and injured 19 others. On Friday,... 

Material failure contributed to fatal Johannesburg bridge collapse, insists expert witness

Phase 1 of MyCiti done, ‘obsession’ with BRT ‘waning’ – Heron 

By: Irma Venter     7th July 2016 Cape Town’s MyCiti bus service transported its highest ever number of passengers in May this year, said Cape Town Transport MMC Brett Heron on Thursday. Addressing delegates at the Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria, he said MiCiti had seen 700 000 passenger journeys in May. The... 

Phase 1 of MyCiti done, ‘obsession’ with BRT ‘waning’ – Heron

Intra-African trade costs highest of all developing regions

By: Irma Venter     30th June 2016 A study shows that agricultural fertiliser can land at the Kenyan Port of Mombasa at $350/t, and then sell for 300% to 400% more 1 000 km inland, says Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Alliance for Commodity Trade in Eastern and Southern Africa CEO Argent Chuula. “The same is... 

Intra-African trade costs highest of all developing regions

Growthpoint introduces electric bikes, solar charging hubs to Sandton

By: Irma Venter     29th June 2016 Growthpoint Properties has introduced two electronic bike hubs to the Sandton business district, in a pilot project the company hopes will grow its footprint, says Growthpoint head of energy sustainability Werner van Antwerpen. The two hubs are opposite the Sandton Gautrain Station, at the... 

Growthpoint's e-bike charging hub
Photo by Duane Daws
Growthpoint's e-bike charging hub

Task team to tackle Sandton traffic signal outages 

By: Natasha Odendaal     13th June 2016 A new task team has been formed to improve traffic signals and traffic flow in and out of Sandton with the main aim of having all traffic signals “working and synchronised” optimally. The Sandton Central Traffic Signal Forum comprised the Sandton Central Management District (SCMD), State-owned... 

Task team to tackle Sandton traffic signal outages

Moloto Road upgrades get Zuma’s nod

By: African News Agency      10th June 2016 President Jacob Zuma on Friday reassured Mpumalanga residents that government would deliver to them necessary services and infrastructure to improve their livelihoods. He said the delivery of these services would begin with the upgrading of the deadly Moloto road and the building of water... 

Moloto Road upgrades get Zuma’s nod

Upscaled infrastructure and regional integration needed in Africa

10th June 2016 Africa is urbanising at a rapid pace, which means infrastructure such as bypasses, bridges, new highways and new technologies needs to be deployed in congested areas where traditional methods cannot work, notes Africa-focused consultancy Africa House director Duncan Bonnett. 

Vadi aiming for Gauteng Transport Authority deal ahead of August elections

By: Irma Venter     10th June 2016 The Gauteng government hopes to sign an in-principle agreement with Gauteng’s three major municipalities – Ekurhuleni, Tshwane and Johannesburg – on the formation of a Gauteng Transport Authority (GTA) before the local elections, to be held on August 3, says Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Dr... 

South African emergency response app receiving international attention

By: Schalk Burger     10th June 2016 The locally developed emergency response CrashDetech smartphone application (app) will compete against international social businesses and technologies as part of The Venture competition in New York, next month. CrashDetech is in talks to potentially deploy the solution in Zambia, the UK,... 

JACO GERRITS
Our aim has always been to make a large contribution to road safety and reduce roadside fatalities and injuries
JACO GERRITS Our aim has always been to make a large contribution to road safety and reduce roadside fatalities and injuries

African countries need greater collaboration on infrastructure development, empowering women

By: Ilan Solomons     9th June 2016 Infrastructure sharing can greatly assist in developing African countries and can also save billions of dollars in costs, African Union Commission (AUC) infrastructure and energy commissioner Dr Elham Mahmood Ahmed Ibrahim told delegates at the Infrastructure Africa conference, in Johannesburg,... 

Geraldine Joslyn Fraser-Moleketi, Tas Anvaripour and Dr Elham Mahmood Ahmed Ibrahim
Geraldine Joslyn Fraser-Moleketi, Tas Anvaripour and Dr Elham Mahmood Ahmed Ibrahim

Energy efficient solutions reduce carbon footprint, improve quality of life

By: Kimberley Smuts     3rd June 2016 Solar system specialist and engineering design company ZRW Mechanika has since 2012 supplied and installed up to 25 000 units of their solar direct current (DC) home power solution in low-cost housing units, called Siyakhanyisa. The renewable energy capacity of up to 500 kWp was installed in... 

GREENER GATES ZRW Mechanika was involved in the LED retrofitting of the roughly 50 000 m2 mainline toll gate facilities
Photo by Duane Daws
GREENER GATES ZRW Mechanika was involved in the LED retrofitting of the roughly 50 000 m2 mainline toll gate facilities

Fossils of new plant and invertebrate species discovered along N2 in the Eastern Cape 

1st June 2016 Controlled rock cutting explosions for the upgrading of a portion of a major national road in the Eastern Cape have led to the discovery of a treasure trove of fossils from an ancient river mouth ecosystem. “A number of new invertebrates, as well as excellently preserved plant fossils of the... 

Fossils of new plant and invertebrate species discovered along N2 in the Eastern Cape

JRA launches roads infrastructure protection unit to curb loss of assets

By: Donna Slater     19th May 2016 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) on Thursday launched a specialised crime prevention and detection unit, which is part of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), as a “pre-emptive” step to protect its traffic signals and road infrastructure from acts of vandalism and cable... 

JRA launches roads infrastructure protection unit to curb loss of assets

Outa slams 'dodgy' Sanral summonses 

By: News24Wire      17th May 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has slammed the South African National Roads Agency's (Sanral's) legal strategy to issue summonses to motorists who have failed to pay their e-tolls. The civil action organisation, known for its opposition to e-tolls, said Sanral employed attorneys with... 

Outa slams 'dodgy' Sanral summonses

Company assists with compliance of new VGM regulations

13th May 2016 New Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) container verified gross mass (VGM) regulations will be implemented in July. Global marine services company Strainstall, part of British provider of marine engineering services James Fisher and Sons, has launched a White Paper to chart a pathway to compliance and... 

TERMINAL OPERATORS SUPPORTED 
White Paper launched to assist in clarifying technical, commercial and cost-effective options to assist those affected by the new rules
Photo by Bloomberg
TERMINAL OPERATORS SUPPORTED White Paper launched to assist in clarifying technical, commercial and cost-effective options to assist those affected by the new rules

Is labour-intensive construction still an option for unemployment alleviation?

By: David Oliveira     13th May 2016 The Department of Public Works’ (DPW’s) Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) should be focused on delivering projects in rural areas using labour-intensive construction (LIC) methods if it is to meet its objective of providing poverty and income relief for six-million South Africans by 2019.... 

Is labour-intensive construction still an option for unemployment alleviation?

BMW advances hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle plans 

12th May 2016 Creamer Media's Chanel de Bruyn speaks to Engineering News Senior Deputy Editor Irma Venter about BMW's plans to develop hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicles. 

BMW advances hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle plans
BMW advances hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle plans

Sanral takes aim at collusion-accused construction companies 

By: Natasha Odendaal     10th May 2016 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has lodged civil damages claims with the Gauteng Local Division High Court against the construction firms the competition authorities had investigated for collusive conduct. Seven construction firms and joint ventures had been served papers... 

Sanral takes aim at collusion-accused construction companies

Etoll discount extension was ‘predictable’ – Outa

By: African News Agency      6th May 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Friday said the extension of the e-toll 60% discount offer was “predictable and expected”. On Thursday the Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters granted an additional 10 working days extension for road users to take advantage of the e-toll 60% discount on... 

Etoll discount extension was ‘predictable’ – Outa

Sanral needs R197bn for roads, says CEO 

By: News24Wire      5th May 2016 South African National Roads Agency Limited CEO Nazir Alli on Wednesday said the backlog of maintenance and road networks was sitting at R197-billion, up from R149-billion in 2010. Alli was addressing the business sector at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Umhlanga. He said nontoll roads, which made up... 

Sanral needs R197bn for roads, says CEO

E-tolling not coming to KwaZulu-Natal yet 

By: African News Agency      4th May 2016 KwaZulu-Natal is not set to get e-tolling in the near future, but this may change if the volumes of vehicles increases. South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) chief executive Nazir Alli, speaking on Wednesday at a business presentation, said that the open road e-tolling system... 

Sanral CEO Nazir Alli
Sanral CEO Nazir Alli

Teti Traffic gets interim interdict against protesting Satawu workers

By: African News Agency      4th May 2016 Striking South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) members returned to the allocated picketing points on Wednesday following a interim interdict being obtained by their employers Teti Traffic, this after workers had blocked traffic on the N1 highway in Johannesburg. Teti Traffic,... 

Teti Traffic gets interim interdict against protesting Satawu workers

Outa questions effectiveness of e-toll discount scheme 

By: African News Agency      4th May 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has said it doubts claims by road authorities that 300 000 people had taken up the etoll discount dispensation of 60%. Chairman of Outa, Wayne Duvenage, said: “Anything short of R2.5-billion collected or committed for collection, will still mean the... 

Outa questions effectiveness of e-toll discount scheme

Transnet implements stringent measures to meet commitments

By: African News Agency      2nd May 2016 Transnet announced on Monday the implementation of a series of governance, control and monitoring measures to ensure the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) meet the company’s stringent localisation obligations and supplier development commitments. Transnet Group CEO Siyabonga Gama said:... 

Transnet implements stringent measures to meet commitments
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