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Roads News

Tenders this year for Cape toll ring road

29th March 2002 Tender documents for the construction of a proposed toll ring road around the Cape metropolitan area could be prepared before the end of this year. 

Malawi airline privatisation advances

By: Marcel Chimwala     29th March 2002 MALAWI – Plans to privatise Malawi's sole airline, state-owned Air Malawi, are at an advanced stage. 

Exports of wheel rims, exhausts in prospect

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2002 Newly-formed Nissan Diesel South Africa will explore options to manufacture components locally, including wheel rims and exhaust systems, for its global Japanese parent, Nissan Diesel Motor Company (NDMC). 

Roads upheaval for Jo'burg ahead of world summit

By: Irma Venter     22nd March 2002 Residents of Johannesburg’s Northern suburb Sandton will grind their teeth in frustration over the next five months as several roads in the bustling suburb will be upgraded for the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). 

Road body still mulling E Cape toll extension

By: Deborah Spicer     22nd March 2002 With significant equipment-upgrading expenditure on tolling facilities out of the way, the Tsitsikamma toll-road, between Salt river and Elandsbos in the Eastern Cape, will continue to operate largely unchanged until an additional 25-km section is included as part of the toll-road in about two... 

Mossel Bay firm wins R14-m timber trailer contract

15th March 2002 Mossel Bay-based engineering and transportation solution company John Daniel Containers (JDC) has been awarded a R14-million contract for the supply of 35 trailers and the fitment of truck bodies, which will be used in the transportation of timber. 

Travelling the merry road to confusion

By: Kelvin Kemm     15th March 2002 Previously I griped about the changing of road names and I pointed out that the naming of anything should not be used as an exercise to honour anybody, but should be an exercise in enabling travellers, or the postman, to find their way about. 

R470m toll upgrade nears end

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     15th March 2002 The R470-million contract to upgrade the N3 highway from Johannesburg to Durban – being undertaken by Dabulantaba, a joint venture involving Grinaker-LTA, Murray & Roberts and Fikile Projects – is expected to be completed by mid-year. 

Overloaders beware, the contractors are coming

15th March 2002 While rail companies have to bankroll the development and maintenance of their own infrastructure, road-freight companies do not incur direct expenses for highway construction or maintenance. 

Consensus at last on SA rail restructuring

8th March 2002 Government and Spoornet labour representatives have reached an agreement regarding the recommendations of the task team that set out the final model for the restructuring of Spoornet. 

50 new buses roll out in Soweto

8th March 2002 Bus operator Putco has introduced 50 new buses into its Greater Soweto fleet, valued at R40-million. 

Toll-road projects worth R5bn are planned for about 2004

By: Irma Venter     8th March 2002 Three unsolicited road projects, valued at about R5-billion, will see the N1/N2 road into Cape Town, the Garden route, and the Wild Coast road between Durban and East London become toll-roads in about 2004 when construction is completed. 

Blue IQ – Gautrain Rapid Rail Link, Gauteng

6th March 2002 At the time of going to press the tendering process for the Gautrain Rapid Rail Link Project has begun with the request for pre-qualification (RFQ). 

Gov excited by public–private infrastructure opportunities

1st March 2002 Investment in infrastructure holds the potential to stimulate economic development, while at the same time representing a substantial investment in people as a result of job creation, the development of entrepreneurs and, training and skills transfer. 

Bullet train enviro study by August

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2002 Following a number of open days held to provide more information to the public and other partners, the next phase in laying tracks for the Shilowa express are focus group meetings which takes place from this month until July. 

New-generation weighbridge for SA

By: Deborah Spicer     1st March 2002 The South African launch of the Avery Berkel Bridgemont road weighbridge by South African Scale Company, of Johannesburg, later this month should allow those companies keen to comply with road-overloading legislation the opportunity to choose a weighbridge model billed as offering new levels of... 

Platinum Highway takes electronic tolling route

1st March 2002 Electronic toll collection (ETC) is finally coming to South Africa. 

East Rand truck maker shifting gear in export drive

22nd February 2002 CHINESE truck manufacturer FAW reports it has boosted exports into neighbouring African states substantially, chalking up R50-million-worth of export sales last year. 

Road congestion costs country R1bn/y

By: Irma Venter     22nd February 2002 Gauteng road users are in for a shake-up as the provincial Department of Public Transport and Public Works is implementing 18 projects in an attempt to ease road congestion. 

Transport inefficiencies need urgent attention

22nd February 2002 Inefficiency problems across South African transport networks have become a matter of urgency at a time when South African business should be ultra competitive in international markets, as a result of the considerable depreciation of the rand in 2000 and 2001. 

Road from Gauteng to KZN smoothed

8th February 2002 Travelling by road from Gauteng to Kwazulu-Natal on the N3 highway may now be R17 more expensive, but the infamous single carriageway between Heidelberg and Villiers does no longer exist. 

Taxi recap plan still in reverse?

4th February 2002 It seems to have disappeared in the bureaucratic void specially reserved for struggling government projects, to now only be quietly muttered about as such as a good idea at the time, but political suicide should it continue. 

Taxi recap plan still in reverse?

By: Irma Venter     1st February 2002 It seems to have disappeared in the bureaucratic void specially reserved for struggling government projects, to now only be quietly muttered about as such as a good idea at the time, but political suicide should it continue. 

Nine stations planned for Gauteng bullet

30th January 2002 The Gauteng provincial government has announced the location of the nine stations for the proposed speed-train link between Johannesburg and Pretoria, as well as Sandton and the Johannesburg International Airport. 

N1 N2 Protea Parkways Toll Road Project, Western Cape

23rd January 2002 Protea Parkways Consortium and the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) say that the consortium is to begin the final phase of scheme development on the proposed R3,5-billion N1 N2 Protea Parkways Toll Road Project in the Western Cape. 

Jo'burg to get 200 new buses by May

By: Irma Venter     18th January 2002 By May this year, 200 new buses will grace the streets of Johannesburg in a R270-million contract to refurbish the ageing Metrobus public transport fleet. 

Container giants leaving South Africa high and dry

By: Keith Campbell     18th January 2002 SA ports are quite unable to handle the new giant post Panamax container ships now in service – worldwide these ships are forcing harbour construction at established or new sites. 

Bids invited for East London–Umtata rail link

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     14th December 2001 The planned East London–Umtata railway line project, in the Eastern Cape, edged closer to implementation late last month, when the province’s Transport Department invited local and international firms to submit bids for preliminary designs, incremental detailed designs for priority... 

Guardrail installed

14th December 2001 The 300-km-odd length of tolled highway between Cedara in Kwazulu-Natal and Heidelberg in Gauteng is the scene of an interesting labour-intensive project, which will see a total of some linear 25 km of highway guardrail from Andrew Mentis being installed at various points over the distance. 

Corridor attracts foreign investors

14th December 2001 Mpumalanga Investment Initiative CE Gordon Griffiths believes Mpumalanga has laid solid foundations for growth in export-driven investment, manufacturing and trade. 

SA's toll rollout continues

14th December 2001 The National Roads Agency (NRA) is continuing the roll-out of its toll-road programme, designed to alleviate South Africa’s immense road infrastructure backlog. 

Local product grows firm's global sales

By: Deborah Spicer     14th December 2001 While Pretoria company Tollink’s world-class toll-road management software has secured the company a large portion of the local market, it has set its sights on becoming a global participant in the toll-road management-system market. 

Leading SA's toll-roads to wealth

By: Deborah Spicer     14th December 2001 With the roads sector leading the way in public–private partnerships, participants need to be assured of the financial viability of toll-road projects. 

Toll-roads free up much-needed cash

By: Deborah Spicer     14th December 2001 Some R8,8-billion that government would have had to have spent on roads is now available for spending on other needed infrastructure thanks to the private–public partnership (PPP) toll-road projects. 

New road awaits KZN tourists

By: Deborah Spicer     14th December 2001 Motorists driving from Gauteng to the Kwazulu-Natal coast will be able to do so on a four-lane highway for the entire route for the first time this holiday season. 

Toll-road financing evolves

14th December 2001 The evolution of toll-road financing in South Africa continues unabated. From the first privately-financed tollroad - the N1 Warmbaths to Pietersburg – through to the recently-closed Platinum toll-road, there has been a measured change in certain key parameters. 

R67-milion upgrade project under way

14th December 2001 Innovation has been the order of the day during the R67-million project to upgrade the N3-12 road between Geldenhuys and Leondale Roads in Gauteng, reports road paving specialist Tosas. 

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