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Roads News

Johannesburg Roads Agency appoints new MD

By: Samantha Herbst     15th March 2016 Following a rigorous selection process from a long list of candidates, the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has appointed civil engineer Dr Sean Phillips as its new MD. Phillips, who boasted a Master’s degree in science and management, as well as a Doctorate in civil engineering, would assume his... 

Bakwena invests R160m in plaza upgrades

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th March 2016 Highway operator Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire is investing R160-million in upgrades at the Zambesi, Pumulani, Stormvoël, Doornpoort, Brits and Marikana plazas. The upgrades were being implemented as a consequence of increased traffic volumes along the corridor and would increase plaza... 

Bakwena invests R160m in plaza upgrades

New road safety strategy on the cards for S Africa 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     14th March 2016 The Department of Transport has invited all transport stakeholders to contribute to the formulation of a road safety strategy for 2016 to 2020. Transport Minister Dipuo Peters told attendees at a National Road Safety Strategy Engagement Summit at the weekend that the strategy would serve as a... 

New road safety strategy on the cards for S Africa

Moody's eyes SA municipalities, Sanral, City Power for downgrade 

By: News24Wire      14th March 2016 Moody's Investors Service has placed the ratings of 11 South African regional and local governments' (RLGs) and three government-related entities' (GRIs) under review on Sunday for possible downgrade. In addition, Moody's has changed to negative from stable the outlooks on the ratings of two... 

Moody's eyes SA municipalities, Sanral, City Power for downgrade

Toll contractor outlines enforcement plans

By: Irma Venter     11th March 2016 The first summons to collect outstanding Gauteng e-toll debt will be issued in March, says Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) COO Mark Ridgway. ETC collected toll fees on the Gauteng toll network on behalf of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). 

R210m rehab of three bridges on Joburg’s M1 freeway enters second phase

By: Irma Venter     4th March 2016 The Johannesburg Roads Agency’s (JRA’s) multimillion-rand project to rehabilitate three bridges on the M1 freeway has entered its second phase. This new phase is set to cause major traffic headaches, as construction now moves onto the freeway surface, leading to the closure of lanes at certain... 

Joburg to host breakbulk, cargo exhibition in April

By: Mia Breytenbach     4th March 2016 Logistics are key to Africa’s projects, existing and future, stated materials management and logistics consultancy Greiner, Mendi & Associates (GMA) MD Lars Greiner, speaking at a preview of the 2016 Breakbulk Africa project cargo, heavy-lift and logistics conference and exhibition in... 

EDUCATIONAL PLATFORM
Breakbulk Africa 2016 aims to highlight focus areas for project cargo and logistics and new and innovative logistics methods for the African market
Photo by Bloomberg
EDUCATIONAL PLATFORM Breakbulk Africa 2016 aims to highlight focus areas for project cargo and logistics and new and innovative logistics methods for the African market

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Work begins on Cape Town N1 freeway upgrade

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2016 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works has started work on Phase One of a R487-million upgrade to the N1 freeway around Cape Town. The main contractor is Martin & East. 

JPSA, Outa lashes out against ETC plans

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th February 2016 Nonprofit agency Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) and watchdog Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) have called Electronic Toll Collection’s (ETC’s) plans to implement Gauteng e-toll debt recovery “outrageous”. The first summons to collect outstanding Gauteng e-toll debt would be issued in... 

JPSA, Outa lashes out against ETC plans

Depressed dry-bulk, commodities markets take heavy toll on Grindrod

By: Irma Venter     25th February 2016 A gloomy dry-bulk shipping market and poor commodities environment had impacted heavily on shipping and freight services group Grindrod in the financial year ended December 31. The outlook for both these markets did not suggest much reprieve in the new financial year either. 

Alan Olivier
Photo by Duane Daws
Alan Olivier

Gordhan missed chance to kill e-tolls with fuel levy – Outa 

By: News24Wire      25th February 2016 How can the government increase the general fuel levy by 60c over two years, but can’t add another 9c to cover e-tolls, Organisation Uniting against Tax Abuse (Outa) chairperson Wayne Duvenage questioned on Wednesday. Reacting to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s budget speech in which he... 

Wayne Duvenage
Wayne Duvenage

Infrastructure still Budget priority with R870bn allocation

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2016 South Africa’s government plans to inject R865.4-billion into infrastructure projects such as housing, roads, rail, public transport, water and electricity, maintaining its public infrastructure investment commitments over the next three years. The 2016 Budget, tabled on Wednesday, showed... 

Infrastructure still Budget priority with R870bn allocation

Sanral to get R27bn from fiscus for nontoll-road network 

By: Natasha Odendaal     24th February 2016 The national fiscus would provide some R1.4-billion to the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) over the medium term to plug the gap of the lowered e-toll fees on some of Gauteng’s highways and ensure the parastatal serviced its debt commitment. Following the adjusted tariffs last... 

Sanral to get R27bn from fiscus for nontoll-road network

ETC to turn to courts to collect outstanding toll fees 

By: Irma Venter     24th February 2016 The first summons to collect outstanding Gauteng e-toll debt would be issued in the next two weeks, said Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) COO Mark Ridgway on Wednesday. ETC collected toll fees on the Gauteng toll network on behalf of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). 

ETC to turn to courts to collect outstanding toll fees

Outa produces ‘evidence’ to show e-tolls are overpriced by more than 300% 

By: African News Agency      23rd February 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) revealed on Monday that the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) was overpriced by a whopping 321% when compared to road construction pricing systems around the world. This finding comes as a result of Outa’s, formerly known as Opposition to Urban... 

Outa produces ‘evidence’ to show e-tolls are overpriced by more than 300%

E-tolls slayer warns Gordhan not to raise taxes

By: News24Wire      23rd February 2016 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has been urged not to hike taxes and instead focus on cutting down on the size and cost of government, and privatise state owned enterprises (SOEs). Wayne Duvenage, who started Outa as a body to fight road agency Sanral on the implementation of e-tolls in Gauteng,... 

Wayne Duvenage
Wayne Duvenage

Motorists not in civil defiance over e-tolls, says Premier Makhura 

By: African News Agency      22nd February 2016 Gauteng motorists were not paying their e-toll bills because they can not afford them – not because they are defying government, Premier David Makhura said on Monday during his state of the province address in Sebokeng, south of Johannesburg. “In the many meetings I have addressed since the... 

Motorists not in civil defiance over e-tolls, says Premier Makhura

Used-car market rises while new-car sales decline

19th February 2016 Sales data released by South African automotive industry information provider the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa), has noted that while new-vehicle sales have declined by 6.9% since January 2015, data from vehicle finance and insurance provider Wesbank... 

SIMPHIWE NGHONA
Cash-strapped and budget-conscious consumers atempt to address affordability
SIMPHIWE NGHONA Cash-strapped and budget-conscious consumers atempt to address affordability

Bumpy ride for South African motorists

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th February 2016 The expected rise in Brent crude oil prices, and geopolitical decisions by South Africa will influence the petrol price and vehicle prices in 2016, says the Automobile Association (AA) of South Africa.  According to audit, advisory and tax services firm KPMG automotive sector partner Gavin Maile,... 

PETROL PRICE HIKE
Motorists could pay about R20/ℓ for petrol this year
Photo by Duane Daws
PETROL PRICE HIKE Motorists could pay about R20/ℓ for petrol this year

Automotive industry highly unlikely to show growth in 2016 – KPMG

By: Simon Sonnekus     19th February 2016 The lacklustre economy, consumers’ desparate financial position and affordability of vehicles are three key areas that will stunt the growth of the South African automotive industry this year, says audit, advisory and tax services firm KPMG. According to KPMG automotive sector partner Gavin... 

GRIM YEAR AHEAD FOR MOTOR INDUSTRY 
The weakened economy has made the auto motive market less conducive for buying and even operating vehicles 
Photo by Duane Daws
GRIM YEAR AHEAD FOR MOTOR INDUSTRY The weakened economy has made the auto motive market less conducive for buying and even operating vehicles 

Much Asphalt completes SprayPave acquisition

By: Irma Venter     19th February 2016 Much Asphalt has completed the acquisition of SprayPave, following Competition Commission approval for the transaction, says Much Asphalt MD Bennie Greyling. Much Asphalt is South Africa’s largest manufacturer of asphalt products. 

Joburg kicks off painful Phase 2 M1 upgrade

By: Irma Venter     18th February 2016 The Johannesburg Roads Agency’s (JRA’s) multimillion-rand project to rehabilitate three bridges on the M1 freeway has entered its second phase. This new phase is set to cause major traffic headaches, as construction now moves to the freeway surface, leading to the closure of lanes at certain... 

E-tolls increase will inflict more pain on Gauteng residents – DA

By: African News Agency      18th February 2016 The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Thursday warned that the South African National Roads Agency Limited's (Sanral) decision to increase e-tolls at the end of February was the “last straw to break consumers’ backs”. The DA said predictions for the South African economy in 2016 were dire, and people... 

E-tolls increase will inflict more pain on Gauteng residents – DA

Outa – Toll roads have become cash cows

By: News24Wire      17th February 2016 Civil rights body the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has voiced what it terms its disgust at the mandatory tariff hikes announced by the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) in recent government gazette notices. The Automobile Association (AA) said in a separate statement that it... 

Outa – Toll roads have become cash cows

Aurecon appoints new Angola country manager

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th February 2016 Consulting company Aurecon has appointed Carlos Seara as its Angola country manager, effective March 1. Seara, who has over two decades of experience in the engineering industry, would succeed Tony Barreto dos Santos who would retire at the end of the year. 

Aurecon appoints new Angola country manager

R487m N1 upgrade kicks off in Cape Town 

By: Irma Venter     12th February 2016 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works has started work on Phase 1 of a R487-million upgrade to the N1 freeway around Cape Town. The main contractor is Martin & East. 

R487m N1 upgrade kicks off in Cape Town

Atterbury to develop R850m Ekurhuleni logistics hub

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th February 2016 Atterbury Property Developments is developing a R850-million, 103 000 m2 industrial and business park at the intersection of the N3 highway and Rand Airport road. Atterbury designed the park on a site it acquired in Gosforth Park, Germiston, to provide business space to blue-chip light industrial... 

Atterbury Property Developments director Coenie Bezuidenhout
Atterbury Property Developments director Coenie Bezuidenhout

Ale launches new flexible widening trailers in South Africa

By: Mia Breytenbach     12th February 2016 Lifting, transporting, installing and ballasting solutions provider Ale has expanded its global fleet of trailers and invested in the latest range of widening trailers that can be mechanically widened from 3 m to the desired width for any project. Ale ordered 48 axle lines of the trailer, which... 

WIDENING FLEXIBILITY
The trailers have a 3-m-wide (2-file) and 4.3-m-wide (2-file) configuration
WIDENING FLEXIBILITY The trailers have a 3-m-wide (2-file) and 4.3-m-wide (2-file) configuration

Sanral using private debt collectors for e-toll fees – Outa  

By: News24Wire      10th February 2016 The use of an SMS that directs Gauteng e-toll users to pay outstanding fees is illegal, said the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Wednesday. Outa, which changed its name from Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance recently, said it needed the public to “register their dissent” so that it... 

Sanral using private debt collectors for e-toll fees – Outa

Much Asphalt concludes SprayPave acquisition

By: Irma Venter     9th February 2016 Much Asphalt has completed the acquisition of SprayPave, following Competition Commission approval for the transaction, says Much Asphalt MD Bennie Greyling. Much Asphalt is South Africa’s largest manufacturer of asphalt products. The company’s acquisition of SprayPave from construction group... 

Much Asphalt concludes SprayPave acquisition

N2 Wild Coast Road not in breach of EIA – Sanral

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th February 2016 With “misinformation” over the Wild Coast Road project spreading among the local communities along the route, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has defended the project that it believes will bring substantial benefit to Eastern Cape region. The roads agency on Friday called... 

N2 Wild Coast Road not in breach of EIA – Sanral

IDZs and policy implementation key to energy-sector development

By: Nadine James     5th February 2016 The continuous progression of South Africa’s industrial development zones (IDZs) and special economic zones (SEZs) as well as the implementation of associated legislation are crucial for the sustainable growth of the energy sector, says supply-chain specialist Bidvest Panalpina Logistics (BPL)... 

DE AAR SOLAR FARM Bidvest Panalpina Logistics was instrumental in the Northern Cape solar power project
DE AAR SOLAR FARM Bidvest Panalpina Logistics was instrumental in the Northern Cape solar power project

Gauteng road-rail vehicle innovator outlines semi-autonomous vision

By: Terence Creamer     29th January 2016 South African road-rail vehicle (RRV) developer RailPro is pursuing a semi-autonomous-vehicle solution, which it believes could open up new market opportunities for its vehicles, which are currently employed primarily in maintenance and repair operations. The company has pioneered a solution that... 

Gauteng road-rail vehicle innovator outlines semi-autonomous vision

Sandton road users warned of ‘short-term pain’ as road upgrades set to continue into 2016 

By: Natalie Greve     29th January 2016 Road construction under way in the Sandton central business district (CBD) is set to continue for the majority of 2016, with the City of Johannesburg investing R180-million in sweeping improvements to roads and pavements in the country’s financial and commercial hub.   “It’s a welcome investment... 

Sandton road users warned of ‘short-term pain’ as road upgrades set to continue into 2016

Committee corrects Outa e-toll statement  

By: News24Wire      27th January 2016 The Portfolio Committee on Transport said on Wednesday that it erroneously stated that the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) is not opposed to e-tolling. "The committee acknowledges and regrets this error. Outa is not opposed to the user-pay-principle, but has issue with the method of... 

Committee corrects Outa e-toll statement

Outa slams statement that it does not oppose e-tolls

By: News24Wire      27th January 2016 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) said it is "astonished and incensed" by acting chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport Leonard Ramatlakane's assertion that the civil rights body is not opposed to Gauteng's e-tolls. Ramatlakane said in a statement on Tuesday... 

Outa slams statement that it does not oppose e-tolls
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