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Roads News

Etolls decision must benefit Sanral and South Africans, says Zwane

By: African News Agency      2nd September 2019 Weighing in on the etoll saga in Gauteng, chairperson of the portfolio committee on Transport Mosebenzi Zwane said on Friday in a statement that they hoped the ministerial intervention would resolve the current impasse "and not fuel further tensions between road users and Sanral". "The pending... 

EVs present economic and sustainability opportunities for SA

By: Schalk Burger     30th August 2019 Electric vehicles present economic and sustainability benefits for South Africa by offsetting fossil fuel imports and improving air quality, while providing potential storage and grid balancing benefits as the use of renewable energy grows, says electric vehicle and smart mobility company... 

Ctrack Logistics Barometer shows encouraging upward momentum 

By: Irma Venter     29th August 2019 Vehicle tracking and telematics provider, Ctrack, has joined forces with economists.co.za to create the Ctrack Logistics Barometer. The Ctrack Logistics Barometer aims to be an accurate co-incident indicator of the state of the South African economy, particularly in terms of the goods economy,... 

Mike Schüssler
Mike Schüssler

Major upgrades on Solomon Mahlangu Drive resume in Mamelodi

By: African News Agency      29th August 2019 Major upgrades on Solomon Mahlangu Drive have resumed in Mamelodi the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport said on Thursday. The upgrades resumed with the multi-million rand rehabilitation and upgrading project of Road K69 (Solomon Mahlangu drive - Phase 1) the department said. 

Mbalula considers scrapping e-tolls

By: News24Wire      29th August 2019 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has committed himself to consider the scrapping of Gauteng's controversial e-toll system.  Mbalula met with the Automobile Association (AA) and the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) in Pretoria on Wednesday. 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Alternative methods for emissions control created

By: Theresa Bhowan     23rd August 2019 Owing to stringent emission regulations regarding the quality of fuel supplied in South Africa, diesel and alternative fuel engines supplier Cummins South Africa offers engine after-treatment in conjunction with Euro 5 emission engines used in trucks and buses. 

INNOVATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY
Cummins has been using Euro 5 technology since 2010 and Euro 6 technology since 2014
INNOVATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY Cummins has been using Euro 5 technology since 2010 and Euro 6 technology since 2014

Saboa event discusses national industry, creates brand awareness

By: Theresa Bhowan     23rd August 2019 Industry association the Southern African Bus Operators Association (Saboa) hosted its annual conference and exhibition on July 31 and August 1, during which exhibitors promoted new innovations and technologies, and networked with fleet operators and end-users. 

SHOWCASING EVENT
Iveco’s focus on safety was highlighted with the launch of its after-market rollover kit
SHOWCASING EVENT Iveco’s focus on safety was highlighted with the launch of its after-market rollover kit

AA to Mbalula: E-tolls collapsing, can't be saved

By: News24Wire      22nd August 2019 The Automobile Association (AA) has told Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula in an open letter that its research into road funding found "the current model for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project has failed, and will continue to fail" if it is pursued further. The association says it... 

 AA to Mbalula: E-tolls collapsing, can't be saved

Concern over opposition to Aarto

By: African News Agency      21st August 2019 The Chairperson of Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Transport on Tuesday expressed concern over continued opposition to the Administrative and Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act, saying such opposition was "misinformed". Committee chair Mosebenzi Zwane said in a statement he had... 

Outa to challenge the Aarto Amendment Act

By: African News Agency      16th August 2019 The Organization Undoing Tax Abuse said it plans to mount a legal challenge against the amendment of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act. The Act sets up a demerit system for drivers, who lose points for traffic offences, which may result in the loss of a driving licence.... 

Outa to challenge the Aarto Amendment Act

Salt River site rezoned for 216 low cost housing units: Plato

By: African News Agency      14th August 2019 After much political mud-slinging, the Cape Town council on Tuesday approved the rezoning of land at the Salt River Market for mixed use development that will include 216 low-cost housing units, mayor Dan Plato said. "The approved rezoning application for the Salt River Market site will provide... 

Raubex subsidiary paves Africa’s first part-plastic road

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th August 2019 Road construction company Raubex Group subsidiary Shisalanga Construction has managed to pave a road using recycled plastic. Shisalanga last week completed a recycled plastic road paving trial in Cliffdale, KwaZulu-Natal. It used a binding agent with unique properties to blend recycled plastic... 

Diepsloot pedestrian bridge makes crossing over Juksei river safer

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th August 2019 City of Johannesburg executive mayor Herman Mashaba and Transport MMC Nonhlanhla Makhuba on Wednesday officially opened the newly built Diepsloot pedestrian bridge. Construction started in May 2018 and final completion is anticipated for mid-August.  

AfDB approves $98m financing for Ethiopia-Djibouti road project

By: Reuters     7th August 2019 The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved a $98-million financial package for Ethiopia for a road transport corridor project to neighbouring Djibouti, it said late on Tuesday. The project's total cost is $255-million, comprising an AfDB grant of $98-million to Ethiopia's government and an... 

Public transport subsidy policy to go to Cabinet at end of 2020 

By: Irma Venter     5th August 2019 Future of Transport (FOT) Consulting expects the new policy on South Africa’s public transport subsidy regime to be finalised and presented to Cabinet for approval by the end of 2020. FOT Consulting strategic planning and transformation specialist Rehana Moosajee says a draft policy document... 

Public transport subsidy policy to go to Cabinet at end of 2020

Sanral to issue tenders worth R40bn over next three years 

By: Simone Liedtke     1st August 2019 Road construction tenders to the value of more than R40-billion will come to the market over the next two to three years, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) announced on Thursday. Engineering executive Louw Kannemeyer said that there would be a surge in road construction... 

Sanral to issue tenders worth R40bn over next three years

CSIR senior engineer hopeful that study paves way for better roads, safer vehicles

By: Simone Liedtke     26th July 2019 The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has combined its tyre testing and stress-in-motion system (SIMS) technologies, CSIR smart mobility senior engineer Robert Berman told delegates attending the Southern African Transport Conference. The CSIR tyre testers were developed in... 

Mashaba opens Klipspruit bridge; JRA provides update on M2 repairs

By: Nadine James     25th July 2019 Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba and Transport MMC Nonhlanhla Makhuba on Thursday officially opened the newly built Klipspruit bridge, as well as the 300 m stretch of road adjacent to it. Situated in Soweto Wards 11 and 17, the bridge replaced a culvert bridge which flooded yearly during the... 

M2 Bridge Repair
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M2 Bridge Repair

Tribunal dismisses collusion case against asphalt producers

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th July 2019 The Competition Tribunal has dismissed a complaint referral against two asphalt producers whom the Competition Commission alleged had entered into an agreement to divide markets, in contravention of the Competition Act. In its complaint referral, the commission had alleged that Roadspan Surfaces... 

New transport DG to prioritise PRASA security 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     24th July 2019 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Wednesday announced Alec Moemi as the new director-general of the Department of Transport, effective August 1. Moemi was the former Department of Sports and Recreation director-general. 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Mbalula names new transport director general who will tackle e-tolls, Prasa  

By: News24Wire      24th July 2019 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has named Alec Moemi as Director General of the Transport Department. The Department of Transport has been without a DG since May 2016, after the suspension and passing of former DG Godfrey Selepe. Moemi will also focus on addressing challenges at the Passenger... 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Transport society wants Mbalula to draft planning progamme to 2050 

By: Irma Venter     24th July 2019 A large number of people believed South Africa would never be able to host the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, yet the country organised this global event to international acclaim, says Intelligent Transport Society South Africa (ITSSA) CEO Dr Paul Vorster. How did this happen? 

Transport society wants Mbalula to draft planning progamme to 2050

Govt to see a 19% drop in road-generated revenue by 2030, study predicts 

By: Irma Venter     18th July 2019 By 2030, government will see a 19.45% loss in its total road-generated revenue, owing to technological and societal trends, forecasts Johann van Rensburg, a PhD candidate conducting research on transport finance. Van Rensburg delivered a paper entitled ‘Disruptive Transport Technologies:... 

 Govt to see a 19% drop in road-generated revenue by 2030, study predicts

Aveng disposes of Rand Roads business unit

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th July 2019 Aveng has entered into a fully funded binding sale of business agreement with Ultra Asphalt for the sale of its Rand Roads business unit, subject to certain conditions. This followed a strategic review concluded last year wherein the business was identified as noncore. 

Researcher says roads still enable social segregation

By: Marleny Arnoldi     11th July 2019 Department of Transport (DoT) researcher Oscar Thobela says South Africa’s road network remains an enabler for social segregation, despite the end of the Apartheid more than 25 years ago. Speaking at the Southern African Transport Conference this week, he stated that transport was more... 

'E-tolls cannot be resurrected' – Outa

By: African News Agency      9th July 2019 The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse says it is willing to help government resolve the e-tolls impasse following a social media spat between Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and Gauteng Premier David Makhura over the province's decision to reject e-tolls. Outa said government could have used the fuel... 

'E-tolls cannot be resurrected' – Outa

UCT researchers say road maintenance backlog exceeds R400bn 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th July 2019 The cost of South Africa’s road maintenance backlog is nearing R417-billion, research undertaken by the University of Cape Town’s School of Economics academics Don Ross and Matthew Townshend have found. This is more than double the amount set out in the South African National Roads Agency’s... 

UCT researcher Matthew Townshend
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UCT researcher Matthew Townshend

Aurecon highlights potential of tech to transform the transport industry

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th July 2019 Many stakeholders believe the transport industry is on the cusp of disruptive transformation, as big as with the advent of the motorcar in the early 1900s. The only way for the South African transport industry to compete would be to embrace innovation and adapt to the disruption accordingly,... 

Aurecon COO Dr Gustav Rohde
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Aurecon COO Dr Gustav Rohde

Task team to look at future of e-tolling, completion date set for August  

By: Irma Venter     8th July 2019 A governmental task team will produce a report on the future of electronic tolling in Gauteng by August. Speaking at a media conference at the Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria, on Monday, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said this report will be presented to President Cyril... 

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

Ramaphosa raps knuckles of Ministers embroiled in twitter war

By: Bloomberg     7th July 2019 President Cyril Ramaphosa criticised Ministers in his cabinet for “unbecoming” behaviour on social media after a spat unfolded over electronic road tolls in country’s richest province. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula and Gauteng Premier David Makhura exchanged... 

Western Cape transport department building N2 pedestrian bridge

By: Marleny Arnoldi     4th July 2019 The Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works has started building a pedestrian bridge on the N2 at Garden Village, in Somerset West, just before the intersection with De Beers avenue. The department expects the R22-million project to be completed by the end of 2020.  

Transport conference to feature latest research, expert speakers

By: Marleny Arnoldi     3rd July 2019 The Southern African Transport Conference (SATC) will for the thirty-eighth time host internationally-lauded plenary speakers and welcome around 700 transport professionals, academics, students and engineers. The premier transport conference will be held at the Council for Scientific and... 

'Gauteng government prepared to help settle e-toll debt' – Makhura 

By: African News Agency      1st July 2019 The Gauteng provincial government will do anything to have e-tolls scrapped, including footing the bill to pay billions of rands in debt owed by the South African National Roads Agency to lenders. Gauteng Premier David Makhura said his provincial government will not change its stance on e-tolls.... 

'Gauteng government prepared to help settle e-toll debt' – Makhura

Sanral extends olive branch to smaller contractors, communities

By: Shirley le Guern     28th June 2019 The massive turnout at the South African National Roads Agency Limited's (Sanral's) N2/N3 information corridor roadshow across KwaZulu-Natal this week saw the roads agency extend an olive branch to local contractors and communities, as well as controversial business forums that had disrupted... 

At least five N2, N3 tenders to open by financial year-end, says Sanral 

By: Shirley le Guern     28th June 2019 At least five tenders for the upgrade of the N3 and N2 highways in KwaZulu-Natal will go out before the end of South African National Road Agency Limited's (Sanral’s) current financial year, Sanral Eastern Region design, planning and construction manager Ravi Ronny told a business briefing... 

Sanral Eastern Region design, planning and construction manager Ravi Ronny
Sanral Eastern Region design, planning and construction manager Ravi Ronny

WSP remains proactive in slow market

By: Halima Frost     28th June 2019 Amid the pressures in the built environment, professional services provider WSP is proactively looking for opportunities to diversify and alternative ways of conducting its business to improve efficiencies that will benefit clients. “. . . the need for infrastructure investment and development... 

GRID GANG
The WSP team working on improving the power grid in Zimbabwe
GRID GANG The WSP team working on improving the power grid in Zimbabwe

Sierra Leone President opens bids for 7 km airport bridge

By: Reuters     20th June 2019 Sierra Leone's President opened a tender process on Wednesday for building a 7 km bridge at a cost of up to $2-billion to link Freetown to the country's only international airport. Freetown International Airport at Lungi is currently accessible only by boat or helicopter, separated from the... 

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