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Roads News

E-tolls must go, Outa tells Parliament  

By: News24Wire      26th January 2016 A single mother should not have to worry about having enough funds to pay for e-tolls at the end of the month, on top of everything else. This was one of the arguments that the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) – previously known as the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance – put to Parliament... 

Outa to brief parliamentary committee

By: News24Wire      26th January 2016 The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) will brief Parliament's portfolio committee on transport on Tuesday on alternative mechanisms for financing e-tolls. Outa was asked to brief the committee on potential consequences of the planned e-toll regulatory amendments, concerns around toll... 

Outa to brief parliamentary committee

Transport-focused Aerotropolis aims to catalyse economic growth in east Gauteng

By: Schalk Burger     22nd January 2016 The Aerotropolis development taking place along the eastern outskirts of Gauteng around the OR Tambo International Airport aims to leverage the airport and related road and rail transport links to spur economic development in the region. The project aims to grow a functional economy through the... 

Transport-focused Aerotropolis aims to catalyse economic growth in east Gauteng

Group Five given deadline to plead before competition authorities

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     18th January 2016 The Competition Tribunal has given Group Five 20 business days to plead to charges relating to a case where it entered a collusive tendering agreement with construction companies WBHO and Murray & Roberts (M&R) in a 2006 project for the South African National Roads Agency. This followed an... 

Group Five given deadline to plead before competition authorities

Outa mulls legality of Sanral SMSs to motorists

By: Natasha Odendaal     15th January 2016 The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) is investigating whether the latest messages sent by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to motorists with outstanding e-toll bills were unlawful in terms of the communications framework governing South Africa. Outa chairperson... 

Outa mulls legality of Sanral SMSs to motorists

SA festive season road deaths climb, 1 700 killed – Peters 

By: African News Agency      12th January 2016 Preliminary figures show more than 1 700 people died on South African roads over the festive season, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Tuesday. “In the period between December 1 (2015) and January 11 (2016) the 1 387 fatal crashes experienced on the roads represents 11% increase in the... 

SA festive season road deaths climb, 1 700 killed – Peters

OUTA warns against traffic law changes

By: African News Agency      7th January 2016 The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) on Thursday said government had received more than 117 000 submissions in response to proposed amendments to the Administrative Adjudication of Traffic Offences Act (Aarto Act), which compel offenders to pay fines and e-tolls. Outa chairperson Wayne... 

OUTA warns against traffic law changes

Sanral speaks out on proposed AARTO amendments

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th January 2016 South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Wednesday said the failure to pay toll fees had been an infringement under the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (AARTO) since 2008. This was in response to reports by the Opposition to Urban Tolling (Outa) that the... 

Sanral speaks out on proposed AARTO amendments

Outa gets more than 70 000 responses on proposed e-toll amendments

By: News24Wire      6th January 2016 The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said it has received more than 70 000 responses following a new proposal on e-tolls. The amendments were published in the Government Gazette by the Department of Transport in December. The main purpose of the changes was to accommodate the inclusion... 

Outa gets more than 70 000 responses on proposed e-toll amendments

US EPA sues VW, Audi and Porsche for alleged Clean Air Act violations

By: Henry Lazenby     5th January 2016 The US Department of Justice on Monday filed a federal court civil complaint in Detroit, Michigan on behalf of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) against German automotive manufacturers Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche, collectively referred to as Volkswagen. The complaint alleged that... 

US EPA sues VW, Audi and Porsche for alleged Clean Air Act violations

Happy new year as petrol price stays the same

By: News24Wire      31st December 2015 On the eve of the New Year, the Department of Energy had some good news for consumers, announcing that there will be no change in the retail price of 93 (ULP and LRP) petrol in January and that the retail price of 95 (ULP and LRP) petrol will be going down by 3 cents per litre on January 6,... 

Happy new year as petrol price stays the same

AA: SA petrol price hit by Nenegate rand meltdown

By: News24Wire      30th December 2015 The Automobile Association (AA) has warned that instability in institutions such as the National Treasury has negative implications on the economy which could lead to an increase in the price of petrol. "By now the government cannot be unaware of the economic implications of removing stability... 

AA: SA petrol price hit by Nenegate rand meltdown

SA tourism should use opportunities in US market - expert

By: News24Wire      29th December 2015 South Africa can benefit from the American travel industry by looking online to reach this internet-savvy market, according to Mariette du Toit-Helmbold, owner of Destinate, a destination marketing agency. "Americans have little to no annual leave. An annual survey by Expedia in 2014 showed that... 

SA tourism should use opportunities in US market - expert

Beitbridge border between South Africa and Zimbabwe remains busy

By: African News Agency      23rd December 2015 Zimbabweans and South Africans crossing the border at the Beitbridge border post might be filled with a little festive cheer on hearing that that things are running smoothly and efficiently this week despite an additional 17 000 travellers being processed there daily. A statement released by the... 

Beitbridge border between South Africa and Zimbabwe remains busy

Cape Town invests R750m to fix traffic congestion

By: News24Wire      11th December 2015 The City of Cape Town’s Council endorsed a Congestion Management Programme on Thursday that will aim to address traffic congestion problems in the city. The Congestion Management Programme sets out the expenditure, infrastructure projects and other interventions to improve the traffic situation. 

Cape Town invests R750m to fix traffic congestion

Gauteng Premier welcomes launch of Mamelodi transport hub

By: Nadine James     11th December 2015 Gauteng premier David Makhura and Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa launched the first phase of the R850-million Denneboom Station Public Transport Interchange (DSPTI) project in Mamelodi last month, calling on residents to support the project. The project forms part of the Solomon Mahlangu... 

TSHWANE REGIONAL MALL
An artist's impression of what the Mamelodi mall will look like when it opens in April 2017
TSHWANE REGIONAL MALL An artist's impression of what the Mamelodi mall will look like when it opens in April 2017

Bakwena records 25% decrease in fatalities in 2015

By: Zandile Mavuso     11th December 2015 Fatalities on the N1/N4 route have decreased by 25% over 2015 as compared to 2014, reports toll concession company Bakwena. 

M1 highway gets R210m facelift

11th December 2015 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) will spend a total of R210-million to upgrade the M1 highway bridges and associated stormwater drainage systems, says the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA). The project, which started on November 16, forms part of the CoJ’s R365-million programme to upgrade the M1 and... 

M1 HIGHWAY The M1 and M2 upgrades form part of the City of Johannesburg's 2040 Growth and Development Strategy
Photo by Duane Daws
M1 HIGHWAY The M1 and M2 upgrades form part of the City of Johannesburg's 2040 Growth and Development Strategy

Award-winning KZN interchange eases congestion on N2

11th December 2015 State-owned entity the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) reports that upgrading the Umgeni road interchange, located at the N2 and M19 intersection in KwaZulu-Natal’s eThekwini municipality, has eased the flow of traffic for about 14 000 to 16 000 vehicles travelling through... 

FOUR YEARS WELL SPENT The interchange upgrade, which started in 2011, has reduced congestion and journey times, while increasing road safety
FOUR YEARS WELL SPENT The interchange upgrade, which started in 2011, has reduced congestion and journey times, while increasing road safety

Gautrain expansion feasibility study to be completed by March 

By: Schalk Burger     11th December 2015 The feasibility of expanding the commuter rail Gautrain from Lanseria through Honeydew to Sandton, build an additional line from Mamelodi, north-east of Pretoria, to Naledi, west of Johannesburg, and extend the service from OR Tambo International Airport to Boksburg will be completed by March... 

Sanral turns on automatic payment options along selected toll routes 

By: Natasha Odendaal     7th December 2015 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has switched on automated payment options at several existing toll roads and plazas. Road users with electronic tags no longer have to stop to pay tolls manually with cash or credit cards along the N1 from Pretoria to Musina; the N1 between... 

Vusi Mona debunks Outa numbers 

By: News24Wire      3rd December 2015 South African Roads Agency (Sanral) general manager: communications Vusi Mona launched a stinging attack on the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) on the second anniversary of the controversial e-toll system. Outa listed five reasons why Gauteng's e-toll system has, in its opinion, been... 

Vusi Mona debunks Outa numbers

Cargo Carriers to dispose of BHL shares

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     2nd December 2015 JSE-listed logistics company Cargo Carriers will sell its 55% shareholding in BHL Zambia and its 51% shareholding in BHL Namibia to Beefco for $1.94-million. BHL Zambia specialised in the transport of various commodities including copper concentrates, lime and sulphuric acid and provided... 

Cargo Carriers to dispose of BHL shares

Cape toll saga not over yet 

By: News24Wire      27th November 2015 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) applied for leave to appeal on Friday against the Western Cape High Court judgment that set aside the approvals that would enable it to toll sections of the N1 and N2 freeways in Cape Town. This prompted the City of Cape Town to apply for... 

Cape toll saga not over yet

Unpaid e-toll bills are not debt, says Outa

By: News24Wire      27th November 2015 In its opinion outstanding e-toll bills are related to an unjust and irrational law which makes it unnecessary for businesses to be concerned about the amount they owe or to disclose it as a debt to shareholders, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said in a statement on Friday. The... 

Unpaid e-toll bills are not debt, says Outa

SA public transport projects gaining traction – services firm

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th November 2015 Despite the current project affordability constraints, South Africa has made exponential improvements in progressing its public transport projects, says professional services firm KPMG. “There is increased awareness of the absolute need for better public transport,” stresses KPMG infrastructure... 

DEFINED STRATEGY
Defining a strategy for public transport services prompted the public and private sectors to initiate several public transport infrastructure projects in recent years
DEFINED STRATEGY Defining a strategy for public transport services prompted the public and private sectors to initiate several public transport infrastructure projects in recent years

Effectiveness of logistics consulting hinges on in-depth knowledge

By: Schalk Burger     27th November 2015 Effective logistics, import/export and manufacturing consulting services require detailed industry knowledge and experience, but can add significant value to these industries by providing expert advice on various technical elements in their value chains, says automotive and logistics consultancy... 

BRIAN VERWEY
Effective management, review and administration of non-core elements can improve business operations and increase revenue and decrease unforeseen risks
BRIAN VERWEY Effective management, review and administration of non-core elements can improve business operations and increase revenue and decrease unforeseen risks

Solution helps decongest Sandton CBD traffic

By: David Oliveira     27th November 2015 Property management company Sandton Central Management District (SCMD) announced last month its sponsorship of uninterrupted power supply (UPS) units, which have been installed to ensure power is maintained at six key intersections in the Sandton central business district (CBD).  SCMD city... 

TRAFFIC LIGHT UPS Six traffic intersections in Sandton’s CBD have been installed with uninterrupted power supplies to ensure traffic flow
TRAFFIC LIGHT UPS Six traffic intersections in Sandton’s CBD have been installed with uninterrupted power supplies to ensure traffic flow

Future planning key to public transit systems

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th November 2015 The implementation of new public transportation systems requires the consideration of the existing system and infrastructure requirements, while having the foresight to anticipate future system needs, says engineering, project and construction management services supplier Hatch Goba. The company... 

TRANSPORT TRANSFORMATION
The GO!Durban transit system will comprise metro rail transit, rapid bus transit, road-based feeder services and complementary rail and bus services
TRANSPORT TRANSFORMATION The GO!Durban transit system will comprise metro rail transit, rapid bus transit, road-based feeder services and complementary rail and bus services

Johannesburg municipality to continue public transport initiatives  

By: Mia Breytenbach     27th November 2015 The City of Johannesburg municipality plans to continue its focus on the implementation of an integrated transport system through its transport legacy projects following the EcoMobility World Festival 2015, in the Sandton central business district (CBD). “[The festival] proved . . . that there is... 

EXPANDED INITIATIVE A public transport loop introduced during the EcoMobility festival will be permanently established along a route including West street, in Sandton
Johannesburg executive mayor Parks Tau discusses the impact of the EcoMobility month and the way forward

Labat concludes R560m RTG takeover deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     26th November 2015 JSE-listed investment holding company Labat Africa has concluded a R560-million subscription and buy-back agreement for the acquisition of a 100% interest in Reinhardt Transport Group (RTG) and its Chrome Carriers subsidiary. The acquisition, which would see empowered firm Labat acquire all RTG’s... 

Labat concludes R560m RTG takeover deal

Innovation to change consumer mindset on EVs – Nissan 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     25th November 2015 Nissan South Africa (NSA) has, since the introduction of the LEAF electric vehicle (EV) on the local market, in 2013, sold only 80 units. Compared with the 450 296 cars sold in 2013 and the 439 264 cars sold in 2014, this was an indication that the local market remained reluctant to adopt the new... 

Innovation to change consumer mindset on EVs – Nissan

Industry body prioritises clean fuels legislation

By: Mia Breytenbach     20th November 2015 Driving the introduction of clean fuels legislation, which will facilitate the use of extra-heavy and heavy commercial vehicles emitting low-carbon emissions, and the localisation of some truck parts and components, are key areas being pursued by the Heavy Commercial Vehicle Division of the... 

PROGRESS IMPEDIMENT
The current lack of clean fuels legislation and clean fuel availability influences the introduction of new, lower carbon emission truck models and technologies
Photo by Duane Daws
PROGRESS IMPEDIMENT The current lack of clean fuels legislation and clean fuel availability influences the introduction of new, lower carbon emission truck models and technologies

Did Gauteng violate Sanral Act with e-tolls payment?

By: News24Wire      18th November 2015 Gauteng’s allocation of R123-million to help fund the gap needed for the new e-tolls dispensation could be in direct contravention with the Sanral Act, the anti-toll group said on Tuesday. The act states that there could be no cross subsidisation between tolled and non-tolled funding and... 

Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage
Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage

Gauteng allocates R123m for e-tolls in 2015 

By: News24Wire      17th November 2015 Gauteng will spend R123-million in 2015 to subsidise an e-toll fees gap which occurred as a result of the reduced user charge dispensation, it announced on Tuesday. Finance and e-Government MEC Barbara Creecy announced this during her mini budget speech for Gauteng. 

Gauteng allocates R123m for e-tolls in 2015

Raubex lifts H1 earnings, revenue

By: Anine Kilian     9th November 2015 Infrastructure development group Raubex achieved a consistent performance in the six months to August 31, despite challenging industry conditions and the impacts of unplanned refinery shutdowns on the company’s asphalt operations, CEO  Rudolph Fourie said. The company increased its earnings a... 

Raubex lifts H1 earnings, revenue

Outa says no to further tax hikes

By: Anine Kilian     6th November 2015 Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) chairperson Wayne Duvenage has said the organisation would oppose the proposed tax increases that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene had indicated are on the cards for 2016. “Not on our watch. Until government tackles the squandering, maladministration and... 

Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage
Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage
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