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Roads News

Judgment reserved in City vs Sanral tolls case 

By: African News Agency      18th August 2015 he City of Cape Town has urged the Western Cape High Court to consider the “interests of justice” when it rules on its application to have Sanral’s decision to toll roads in the Cape Winelands reviewed and set aside. The City’s advocate Geoff Budlender SC urged Judge Ashley Binns-Ward to condone... 

City wants to avoid another Gauteng toll debacle 

By: News24Wire      18th August 2015 The City of Cape Town has expressed its concern that the SA National Roads Agency’s (Sanral) decision to toll roads in the Cape Winelands may follow the same contentious route as in Gauteng. The city has brought an application to have Sanral's decision to toll sections of the N1 and N2 highways... 

City wants to avoid another Gauteng toll debacle

Activist groups slam celebrity e-tolls campaign

By: News24Wire      17th August 2015 Activist groups on Monday lambasted Sanral's new advertising campaign in which the national roads agency uses celebrities to endorse the controversial e-tolls system. The Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) accused the Gauteng Provincial Government of wasting money on the campaign, while the... 

Activist groups slam celebrity e-tolls campaign

Judge in toll roads case says City has ‘not been strong on explanation’ for delay of its application 

By: African News Agency      17th August 2015 A Western Cape high court judge has questioned how the court should deal with “the issue of delay, as the City has not been strong on explanation” in this regard in its application to have a decision to toll portions of the N1 and N2 set aside. The Western Cape High Court has been hearing... 

Judge in toll roads case says City has ‘not been strong on explanation’ for delay of its application

Improved logistics make SA roads safer

14th August 2015 As the single largest group of drivers and road users are the long haul drivers, an improvement in the performance of this influential group will have a significant impact on road safety, states management consultancy the Confidant Group CEO Chantal Walley, “In any enterprise, hiring the right... 

PERFORMANCE BOOST
Long distance driving requires specific talent that can achieve clear, measureable performance standards
Photo by Duane Daws
PERFORMANCE BOOST Long distance driving requires specific talent that can achieve clear, measureable performance standards

Seat turnover seen as key to MyCiti’s future financial sustainability

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2015 Cape Town’s MyCiti bus service has improved its fare-revenue-to-cost ratio from 30% in 2013/2014 – where fares cover 30% of direct vehicle operating costs – to 40% in 2014/2015, says Gibb transportation south section unit manager Andrew Bulman. As a consulting engineering firm Gibb provides... 

Maluti-a-Phofung SEZ aims to bolster logistics efficiency along key trade routes

By: Schalk Burger     14th August 2015 The R4.8-billion, 1 000 ha Maluti-a-Phofung special economic zone (SEZ) being built near Harrismith at the foothills of the northern Drakensberg (also known as the Maluti) mountains will provide road and rail logistics and handling facilities for the Gauteng–Durban port corridor and link it to... 

Maluti-a-Phofung SEZ aims to bolster logistics efficiency along key trade routes

Transnet launches carbon calculator app 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th August 2015 State-owned Transnet has developed a new app that allows users to calculate their carbon emissions savings when they elect to move their freight on rail instead of by road. The carbon calculator app would also enable corporate reporting on transport carbon emissions. 

Transnet launches carbon calculator app

Court asked to terminate eNatis contract immediately 

By: RDM News Wire      13th August 2015 The Department of Transport has resorted to the High Court in Pretoria in a bid to enforce an order to terminate immediately a multibillion rand contract with the company that manages the country’s electronic national traffic information system (eNatis). The department on Wednesday asked Judge... 

Court asked to terminate eNatis contract immediately

Road resurfacing between Milnerton, Melkbosstrand on schedule

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th August 2015 The R71-million resurfacing of the R27 between Milnerton and Melkbosstrand is progressing well, the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works said on Wednesday. Edge-break repairs and the supplementation of gravel shoulders between the Melkbosstrand road and Tryall road intersections... 

Road resurfacing between Milnerton, Melkbosstrand on schedule

South Africa’s supply chains face a looming crisis, warns CIPS

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     12th August 2015 About 35% of South Africa’s supply chain managers have revealed that their employers failed to equip them with the new skills they need to fulfill the demands of their jobs and avert major crises, which could possibly lead to a supply chain crisis, education and qualification body, the Chartered... 

South Africa’s supply chains face a looming crisis, warns CIPS

Sanral's Cape toll plan discriminatory, City argues

By: News24Wire      12th August 2015 The SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) did not take into consideration that its decisions would unfairly discriminate against poor people, according to the City of Cape Town. "It's poor people that live alongside the N1 and N2. The wealthy live in the suburbs and the Atlantic Seaboard," senior... 

Sanral's Cape toll plan discriminatory, City argues

Stellenbosch roads project nears completion

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     11th August 2015 The R148-million road upgrade between Stellenbosch arterial road and Polkadraai road in Kuilsrivier is expected to be completed in September. Construction started in October 2013, following urgent repairs required on the main road between the Strand/Van Riebeeck road intersection and the... 

Stellenbosch roads project nears completion

City of Cape Town argues that Sanral board could not have made a decision through ‘osmosis’ 

By: African News Agency      11th August 2015 Sanral used an “irrational” procedure when it made the decision to go ahead with tolling the N1 and N2, the City of Cape Town has argued in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday. The court was hearing the City of Cape Town’s application to have the South African National Road Agency Limited’s... 

City of Cape Town argues that Sanral board could not have made a decision through ‘osmosis’

Tosas

7th August 2015 Established in 1972 as a joint venture between petrochemicals majors Sasol and Total, bituminous products manufacturer, supplier and applicator Tosas has been supplying high-quality bituminous products across Southern Africa for more than four decades. The company specialises in the modification... 

Tosas

JRA seeks to empower women in construction sector

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th August 2015 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) will, as part of Women’s Month, continue to focus on empowering women in the construction industry. Speaking at a media briefing on Thursday, JRA chairperson Jackie Manche said that, in recent years, the agency had provided training for women in construction... 

JRA seeks to empower women in construction sector

Rehabilitation work on M1 freeway to start in Sept

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     6th August 2015 Residents of Johannesburg are urged to make greater use of the city’s public transport systems, including Metrobus, Rea Vaya and the Gautrain, from September, when the Johannesburg Roads Agency embarks on a R365-million contract to upgrade the Soweto Freeway, as well as the M1 and M2 highways to... 

Rehabilitation work on M1 freeway to start in Sept

Sanral slams Wayne Duvenage over numbers 

By: News24Wire      6th August 2015 Angrily tampering with figures to make a point was not contributing to a rational approach on the question of e-tolls, the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) cautioned on Wednesday. Sanral said this is what Wayne Duvenage of the Opposition To Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) has done when... 

Sanral slams Wayne Duvenage over numbers

Sanral claims increase in revenues from e-tolling 

By: Natalie Greve     5th August 2015 The payment of e-tolls by Gauteng commuters was on the rise, despite accusations by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance to the latter, the South African Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Wednesday. Sanral CFO Inge Mulder said in a statement that, following the announcement of a panel... 

Sanral claims increase in revenues from e-tolling

Vacations drew tourists in 2014 but foreign arrivals down

By: Sashnee Moodley     4th August 2015 Vacationing was the main reason for tourists to visit South Africa in 2014, with a significant majority of 95.7% of tourists on holiday, while business travel and students made up less than 4% of tourists.  

Vacations drew tourists in 2014 but foreign arrivals down

E-toll testing kicks off in Durban

By: News24Wire      4th August 2015 An e-toll collection system (ETC) testing phase has commenced on the N3 Toll Route between Durban and Gauteng. N3 Toll Concession marketing manager, Andy Visser, told Fin24 that the testing phase will continue for two to three months. 

E-toll testing kicks off in Durban

Outa derides e-toll statistics

By: News24Wire      4th August 2015 The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) has derided Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters’ report on statistics showing an increase in e-toll collections. According to Outa, Peters' comparison of e-toll collections for May and June with the preceding seven months was misleading. 

Outa derides e-toll statistics

Sanral embarks on R2.2bn worth of projects in the Eastern Cape  

By: Sashnee Moodley     3rd August 2015 State-owned South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is undertaking 32 projects, totalling R2.2-billion, in the Eastern Cape, this year. 

Sanral CEO Nazir Alli
Sanral CEO Nazir Alli

Notorious Moloto Road now part of Sanral network

By: SANews, SA government news service     3rd August 2015 One of South Africa’s most dangerous roads, the Moloto Road which runs north of Pretoria and passes through three provinces, has been incorporated into the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) road network. The government gazette announcing the incorporation was published on 29 July. 

Notorious Moloto Road now part of Sanral network

As others embrace autonomous driving, SA faces dirty fuel, connectivity roadblocks  

By: Irma Venter     31st July 2015 Daimler truck test engineer Dirk Stranz pushes one button, and then retracts his hands from the steering wheel of the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025. “And now the truck is driving itself.” 

As others embrace autonomous driving, SA faces dirty fuel,  connectivity roadblocks
To watch a video in which Irma Venter takes a ride with Daimler truck test engineer Dirk Stranz in the Future Truck 2025, scan the barcode with your phone's QR reader, or go to Video Reports on www.engineeringnews.co.za. Video by Irma Venter.

E-tolls: Legal glitch halts licence discs being withheld 

By: News24Wire      29th July 2015 A glitch in a law that would halt the issuing of vehicle licence discs to drivers with unpaid e-toll bills means non-compliant Gauteng road users won’t have anything to fear – for now. The Department of Transport’s Gazette 38997, released on 17 July 2015, referenced an e-road regulation that had... 

E-tolls: Legal glitch halts licence discs being withheld

Competition Commission blocks Raubex’s OMV acquisition

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2015 The Competition Commission said on Tuesday that it had prohibited Raumix Aggregates, a subsidiary of the Raubex Group, from acquiring OMV Kimberley and OMV Kimberley Mining, collectively known as the OMV Group. Post-merger, Raumix, and ultimately Raubex, would have controlled the OMV Group.... 

Competition Commission blocks Raubex’s OMV acquisition

Bitumen shortage stalls Joburg road projects

By: Natalie Greve     24th July 2015 The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) has announced delays to several of its roadworks programmes across Johannesburg owing to a shortage of bitumen countrywide. The agency said on Friday that the resurfacing of roads and the patching of potholes in the city would be temporarily halted as a result... 

Bitumen shortage stalls Joburg road projects

R840m needed to complete 'missing link' on Sani Pass road

By: Shirley le Guern     23rd July 2015 Investment of R836.6-million is needed to connect the “missing” 19 km stretch of road between the Sani Pass Hotel at the South African border and the Lesotho border to open up a vital Durban–Pietermaritzburg–Lesotho trade corridor. KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport senior manager for policy... 

R840m needed to complete 'missing link' on Sani Pass road

OneLogix buys Vision Transport in R110m deal

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     22nd July 2015 JSE-listed transport solutions provider OneLogix has concluded a R110-million agreement to acquire 100% of the shares and claims in specialist logistics operator Vision Transport, through its subsidiary United Bulk. Vereeniging-based Vision Transport was active in the solvent and acid markets of... 

OneLogix buys Vision Transport in R110m deal

Chamber not happy with Sanral toll briefing

By: News24Wire      17th July 2015 The benefits of the proposed N1 and N2 Winelands toll road improvement project far outweigh the cost to road-users, Nazir Alli, CEO of the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) told members of the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry this week. Alli emphasised that, while the initial bid... 

Chamber not happy with Sanral toll briefing

Border Management Agency Bill aims to ease congestion, Peters says

By: Irma Venter     17th July 2015 Cabinet in June approved the establishment of a Border Management Agency, to be tasked with integrating the functions of all government departments and agencies that operate at South African ports of entry, said Transport Minister Dipuo Peters last week. Speaking at the Southern African Transport... 

Truck ban will hurt consumers – chamber 

By: News24Wire      16th July 2015 Consumers will bear the brunt if the Department of Transport passes a law banning heavy trucks from roads during certain hours, the Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) said on Monday. The new regulations state that goods vehicles exceeding 9 000kg cannot use public roads between... 

Truck ban will hurt consumers – chamber

R900m upgrade of N2 highway in E Cape begins

By: Natalie Greve     15th July 2015 Kicking off the initial leg of the three-phase, R900-million Southern Region construction project, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has started upgrading a 47 km stretch of the N2 highway between Grahamstown and the Fish River pass, in the Eastern Cape. The project, which... 

R900m upgrade of N2 highway in E Cape begins

Gauteng govt launches R295m N14 highway upgrade 

By: African News Agency      15th July 2015 Gauteng Premier David Makhura, and MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi launched a R295-million project to upgrade the N14 freeway from Krugersdorp to Pretoria on Wednesday. “The N14 is a high traffic volume freeway that is under severe stress. The road has degraded over the years and needs... 

Gauteng govt launches R295m N14 highway upgrade

Sanral ordered to remove misleading e-toll ad

By: News24Wire      14th July 2015 The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has been ordered to remove a misleading e-toll advert. According to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) Sanral omitted vital information which was likely to create a misleading expectation, “with listeners believing that they are already... 

Sanral ordered to remove misleading e-toll ad

Sanral seeks new CEO; Alli to retire 

By: Megan van Wyngaardt     13th July 2015 State-owned roads operator, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) will start the process to appoint a new CEO to succeed Nazir Alli, who will retire in August. Sanral chairperson Roshan Morar noted that Alli’s exact departure date would be determined by the Minister of... 

Sanral CEO Nazir Alli
Photo by Duane Daws
Sanral CEO Nazir Alli
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