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Roads News

Maintenance work on tunnel completed

13th December 2019 The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has indicated that the inspection and maintenance work on the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) tunnel – which was closed on October 1 and was scheduled to open November 30 – was completed as planned. The recharge of the tunnel started on November... 

Water project underway and making progress

13th December 2019 Last month, the official ground-breaking function for Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) took place and was attended by Kingdom of Lesotho Minister of Water Samonyane Ntsekele and South Africa Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. “Implementing Phase... 

DAM BIG PROJECT
The site of the 2.3-billion-cubic-metre Polihali dam
DAM BIG PROJECT The site of the 2.3-billion-cubic-metre Polihali dam

FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index finds ‘some life’ within construction sector

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th December 2019 First National Bank (FNB) and the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) says construction activity has continued to improve in the fourth quarter of the year. The higher activity lifted the FNB/BER Civil Confidence Index to 22, from 15 in the third quarter. 

South Africa to collaborate with Nigeria on road infrastructure

By: African News Agency      3rd December 2019 The South African government is to collaborate with Nigeria on developing road infrastructure in the West Africa country through the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) which is owned by Pretoria. This was confirmed by DBSA’s Hulisani Makhuvha on Monday as he addressed the media in the... 

Sanral: E-toll resistance gave us a bumpy ride  

By: News24Wire      28th November 2019 The South African National Roads Agency admitted to Parliament on Wednesday morning that it was partly to blame for the resistance to its electronic tolling system on Gauteng's freeways as consulting ahead of the toll introduction was flawed. Failure to collect adequate revenues from e-tolling,... 

 Sanral: E-toll resistance gave us a bumpy ride

Sanral’s Alex van Niekerk resigns 

By: Simone Liedtke     27th November 2019 Alex van Niekerk has resigned as the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) planning, transportation and toll manager to pursue another career opportunity. His last day will be February 28, at which point a successor or acting manager will be named. 

Value-added service to enhance in-vehicle video camera solution

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 Fleet and mobile asset management solutions group MiX Telematics has launched the gold MiX Vision Bureau Service, which further extends the value of the in-vehicle MiX Vision video camera solution. The service is managed by MiX Telematics’ team of professional video analysts and is offered as... 

GOING FOR GOLD
The gold programme includes an array of driver-coaching tools to ensure that risky driver behaviour can be addressed proactively
GOING FOR GOLD The gold programme includes an array of driver-coaching tools to ensure that risky driver behaviour can be addressed proactively

Road wear an ongoing concern

By: Darren Parker     22nd November 2019 There are multiple factors that contribute to deteriorating road conditions in South Africa, and the road freight industry cannot be held solely responsible, says Road Freight Association (RFA) CEO Gavin Kelly. The volume of cars, trucks and buses using the roads far exceeds the volumes of 30 to... 

South Africa’s transport future depends on how economy is stimulated 

By: Simone Liedtke     21st November 2019 Transport infrastructure is considered a critical part of the National Development Plan 2030, with State-owned Transnet capital projects acting project director Shraveen Ramdhar on Thursday saying South Africa’s transport future was dependent on how government intended to stimulate the economy.... 

(From left to right) Fana Marutla, Victor Radebe, Mesela Nhllapo, Shraveen Ramdhar
Transnet capital projects acting project director Shraveen Ramdhar speaks to Engineering News Online about South Africa’s transport future. (Video: Creamer Media’s Kutlwano Matlala. Editing: Creamer Media’s Nicholas Boyd)

Gauteng public transport MEC calls urgent meeting with Putco over string of bus accidents

By: News24Wire      21st November 2019 Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo has called an urgent meeting with bus service operator Putco over a series of accidents in the province. The meeting comes after three Putco buses were involved in separate accidents on Moloto Road on Wednesday. 

TRAC intervenes to alleviate truck backlog between Komatipoort, Lebombo border post

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th November 2019 Toll route manager Trans African Concessions (TRAC) has expressed concern about a truck backlog between the Komati Load Control Centre and the Lebombo Border Post over the past few weeks. The backlog is negatively impacting on the N4 toll route.  

Federation contributes to upskilling, calls for new funding model

By: Cameron Mackay     1st November 2019 The South African Roads Federation (SARF) plans to have conducted more than 50 training and capacity development programmes by the end of this year to help build the necessary capacity in terms of capital, human resources and skills in the roads sector. The programmes cover a range of topics and... 

THE ROAD AHEAD

A comprehensive plan, which would include the required funds and development of human capital, combined with a will to execute, could address the backlog of road maintenance
THE ROAD AHEAD A comprehensive plan, which would include the required funds and development of human capital, combined with a will to execute, could address the backlog of road maintenance

Maintenance at centre of Sanral’s R40bn medium-term project pipeline

By: Irma Venter     1st November 2019 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) will issue tenders for roughly R40-billion of new projects over the next three financial years. These projects will focus on maintaining the current road network, as well as the construction of a number of new projects. 

Maintenance at centre of Sanral’s R40bn medium-term project pipeline

Equipment supplier eyes road rehabilitation contracts

By: Cameron Mackay     1st November 2019 Construction equipment supplier Bobcat Equipment South Africa aims to become more involved in projects with smaller and emerging construction contractors particularly those linked to either N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) contracts or local municipalities on urban road rehabilitation. For example,... 

PATCHING UP ROADS

Bobcat aims to take advantage of significant road construction tenders in the next two to three years
PATCHING UP ROADS Bobcat aims to take advantage of significant road construction tenders in the next two to three years

Cabinet will be ready to make a decision on e-tolls in 2 weeks – Mbalula

By: News24Wire      31st October 2019 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said Cabinet has not yet taken a decision on e-tolls, this despite statements by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni that the user-pay principle must apply. The transport minister briefed media on Thursday afternoon to clarify any confusion created on the e-tolls,... 

M2 motorway to be reopened to motorists from next week  

By: Simone Liedtke     31st October 2019 The M2 motorway will be reopened to traffic from November 4, the Johannesburg Roads Agency says. The motorway between the Crown Interchange and Maritzburg street had been closed since February 28 for rehabilitation.  The closure, the JRA explained during a media event on Thursday was necessitated... 

M2 motorway to be reopened to motorists from next week
Outgoing City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba speaks to Engineering News Online about the reopening of the M2 motorway and what its rehabilitation entailed. Video & Editing: Creamer Media’s Darlene Creamer 31.10.2019

SOEs adding to govt spending pressure; e-tolls to remain 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     30th October 2019 South African Airways is one of a number of State-owned enterprises adding to spending pressures on government, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni reiterated on Wednesday. He pointed out that the airline was insolvent and, in its current configuration, unlikely to ever generate sufficient cash flow... 

Revised taxi recapitalisation programme making ‘significant progress’

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th October 2019 The Revised Taxi Recapitalisation Programme (RTRP), first announced in April this year by previous Minister of Transport Dr Blade Nzimande, is ongoing, and has already made “significant” progress, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula told Engineering News. The initial taxi recapitalisation programme... 

Revised taxi recapitalisation programme making ‘significant progress’

Leading bus company makes case for greater State support as urbanisation accelerates

By: Irma Venter     11th October 2019 It would probably be fair to say that Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) has seen the best and worst the South African transport industry has to offer. The company this year celebrates its 158th birthday, with its roots tracing back through an unbroken chain of acquisitions and mergers to the very... 

Leading bus company makes case for greater State support  as urbanisation accelerates

Gauteng can build an economy around transport, says MEC Mamabola 

By: Irma Venter     10th October 2019 With Johannesburg no longer the city of gold, Gauteng has to develop a new economic plan for the future, says Gauteng Transport and Roads MEC Jacob Mamabola. “Smart mobility can be one of the biggest next economies of Gauteng. I think we can reposition transport . . . build an economy around... 

Gauteng can build an economy around transport, says MEC Mamabola

Mbalula discusses e-tolls with Cosatu, others

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th October 2019 The National Economic Development and Labour Council Community Constituency has noted that the implementation of Phase 1 of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project was conducted without proper consultation and proposed the scrapping of e-tolls, saying the system was expensive. Similarly, the... 

Public transport requires greater integration

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th October 2019 Public transport in the country is not performing effectively, efficiently and to its full potential, owing to the various modes of public transport not being integrated. This was indicated by a representative from the Department of Transport during a Transport Forum discussion of bus-rapid... 

Association provides technical guidelines for bituminous material

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     4th October 2019 The Southern African Bitumen Association (Sabita) produces technical guidelines with regard to the use and application of bituminous material that are regularly updated with the most appropriate information available globally. “The association also engages with all players in the industry on road... 

BEST OF THE BEST CAPSA brings together the best technical know-how available on road construction and maintenance using bituminous material.
BEST OF THE BEST CAPSA brings together the best technical know-how available on road construction and maintenance using bituminous material.

Manufacturer looks forward to Capsa 2019

By: Khutso Maphatsoe     4th October 2019 Manufacturer of hot and cold asphalt Actop Asphalt regards the Conference on Asphalt Pavements for Southern Africa (Capsa) – of which the company is a sponsor – as an opportunity to show its capabilities as a high-quality asphalt producer. “Considering that Capsa only happens once every four... 

BUILDING RELATIONS 
Actop Asphalt hopes that meeting with delegates will enable it to gain more insight into the asphalt industry internationally
BUILDING RELATIONS Actop Asphalt hopes that meeting with delegates will enable it to gain more insight into the asphalt industry internationally

BRT operators highlight need for financial sustainability, skills

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     3rd October 2019 The roll-out of bus-rapid transit (BRT) systems in some of South Africa's largest cities will benefit future phases of existing BRT systems or new BRT systems, as lessons have been learnt about the challenges experienced in rolling out and operating such systems. At a Transport Forum event, held... 

BRT operators highlight need for financial sustainability, skills

Drones set to reshape cargo, transportation sector

By: Kim Cloete     2nd October 2019 The emergence of cargo drones is set to radically improve the cargo and transportation sector, as they are able to offer autonomous quality service 24 hours a day, the yearly World Congress of the International Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Association, has heard.  Massachusetts Institute of... 

South32's Fraser stresses importance of reliable, competitively priced electricity 

By: Simone Liedtke     2nd October 2019 An overarching challenge to businesses of all sizes in South Africa, is the lack of reliable and competitive power, says South32 COO Mike Fraser. The reliable and competitive supply of power, he adds, “is critical” to the country’s future industrial growth and the creation of jobs. 

South32 COO Mike Fraser
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
South32 COO Mike Fraser

City unveils S-bend mural on Louis Botha avenue

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     1st October 2019 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) on Tuesday unveiled the completed S-bend wall mural project along the Louis Botha Transit corridor, bringing colour and life through paintings to a stretch of road that previously bore the moniker of "death bend". The wall runs east-west along the corridor, cross... 

City unveils S-bend mural on Louis Botha avenue

Aarto Act will correct driver behaviour in SA, traffic agency registrar says

By: African News Agency      20th September 2019 The Road Traffic Infringment Agency (RTIA), which administers the highly contentious Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act, on Thursday said the new law will change behaviour of motorists in South Africa.  Addressing the National Press Club in Pretoria, the agency’s... 

New Development Bank approves R7-billion toll road loan to Sanral 

By: Irma Venter     16th September 2019 The New Development Bank (NDB) has approved a R7-billion loan, guaranteed by the South African government, to the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral). The NDB was established by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa to mobilise resources for infrastructure and sustainable... 

New Development Bank approves R7-billion toll road loan to Sanral

NDB approves R7bn Sanral loan

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th September 2019 New Development Bank (NDB) has approved a loan of R7-billion, guaranteed by government, for the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) for strengthening and improving national toll roads. “The project is designed to improve key national roads in South Africa, with the objective of... 

Govt looking to create 'certainty' in local steel, manufacturing industries 

By: Simone Liedtke     13th September 2019 Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Phumulo Masualle on Friday said the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) was looking to create “a sense of certainty” in the local steel and manufacturing industries by leveraging investments from State-owned entities (SOEs). This, he told delegates at the... 

Govt looking to create 'certainty' in local steel, manufacturing industries
Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Phumulo Masualle discusses measures being implemented by government to create more certainty for the domestic steel and manufacturing sectors. Video: Kutlwano Matlala; Editing: Nicholas Boyd.

Freight challenges create import-export difficulties

By: Theresa Bhowan     13th September 2019 South Africa is facing many challenges, but those in freight logistics are among the most serious, says industry association South African Association of Freight Forwarders national maritime consultant Dave Watts. 

Industry challenges cause companies to rethink strategies

By: Mc'Kyla Nortje     13th September 2019 Labour costs, the effect of the exchange rate on the price of vehicle parts and carbon tax are some of the biggest challenges affecting the freight and logistics industry, says logistics and supply chain management company Crossroads MD Arend du Preez. He notes that labour is a major cost for... 

Work on Sanral’s Polokwane ring road to resume this month

By: Simone Liedtke     6th September 2019 Work on South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) Polokwane ring road project will resume this month. The roads agency has appointed Edwin Construction to continue construction on the road, after the contract was originally awarded to Basil Read in 2015. 

Eskom in negotiations for dedicated coal mine for Kusile 

By: Simone Liedtke     5th September 2019 State-owned power utility Eskom is in negotiations with mining houses for the proposed development of a cost-plus coal mine, solely for supplying coal to the new Kusile power station, Eskom senior project manager Karabo Rakgolela said on Thursday. Speaking at the Mining Coal Symposium, in... 

Eskom senior project manager Karabo Rakgolela
Photo by Creamer Media's Simone Liedtke
Eskom senior project manager Karabo Rakgolela

Cosatu notes e-toll talks, warns of mass actions 

By: African News Agency      2nd September 2019 The Congress of South African Trade Unions in Gauteng on Monday, said it noted the meeting between Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse and the Automobile Association over the e-tolls.  

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