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Roads News

Northern Province prepares to outsource road building

By: System Author     24th November 2000 The Northern Province’s Department of Public Works will outsource its road construction to private contractors in a bid to achieve greater efficiency in this area. 

R29m SMME spin-off from Lubombo road

By: System Author     24th November 2000 The fourth phase of the Lubombo coastal tourism road from Hluhluwe, in northern Kwazulu-Natal, to Maputo has generated more than R29-million in contracts for local small, medium and micro enterprises. 

R400m on Cape Town station 

By: System Author     17th November 2000 The biggest modal interchange in the Western Cape is about to undergo a much-needed face-lift, the first phase of which is estimated at R400-million. 

Shortcomings of SDI exposed

By: System Author     17th November 2000 A study into South Africa’s flagship spatial development initiative, the Maputo Development Corridor, has uncovered serious shortcomings in the country’s approach to public–private partnerships. 

SA becomes hub for US truck firm

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 The South African arm of US company International Truck and Engine has assumed full responsibility for the company’s Australian and New Zealand operations. 

South Africa–Canada coach-refurbish deal

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Potential long-term savings to the South African economy – projected at about R25-billion – could flow from the signing of a co-operation agreement between local manufacturing company Nustart Enterprises and Canadian engineering company Baultar. 

Roads: good investment for business – Alli

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Roads are proving to be a viable long-term investment for the financial sector as more local and international financial institutions scramble to diversify their portfolio holdings to include South Africa’s top toll-road projects. 

Engineers’ showcase in North West

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 At an engineering exhibition hosted by Bolt & Engineering Distributors in the North West Province, Premier Popo Molefe reported that construction on the Trans-Kalahari highway, which will link the bay in Maputo with Walvis Bay, Namibia, is due to begin in January. 

Road construction, Namibia

By: System Author     3rd November 2000 Contractors are invited to pre-qualify for the construction of climbing lanes and other improvements between Windhoek and Aris. 

‘Departures will not hamper taxi plan’

By: System Author     27th October 2000 Assurances have been given that the controversial and delayed taxi-recapitalisation programme remains on track, despite a series of high-level departures from the Department of Transport. 

Railway commuter carriages upgrade, Western Cape

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Potential long-term savings to the South African economy – projected at about R25-billion – could flow from the signing of a co-operation agreement between local manufacturing company Nustart and Canadian engineering company Baultar, flooring specialists in the overhaul and... 

Plans under way for no-stop toll-roads

By: System Author     20th October 2000 An electronic toll-collection system is set to be launched in South Africa by the South African National Roads Agency in the third quarter of next year. 

Road rehabilitation, Lesotho

By: System Author     20th October 2000 Tenders are invited for the rehabilitation of the Butha Buthe – Oxbow road. 

Super tag used in transport spin-off

By: System Author     13th October 2000 Local technology company Inala is proposing a new system of traffic control based on ‘electronic number plates’ to improve traffic enforcement and increase safety on South Africa’s roads. 

Cost-saving techno for roads

By: System Author     13th October 2000 A unique South African technology known as the heavy-vehicle simulator, developed by CSIR Transportek during the 1970s, has saved the local road-building industry more than R100-million a year since the early 1980s. 

R1-billion roads-upkeep plan

By: System Author     13th October 2000 The South African National Roads Agencyis proposing the establishment of a national transport fund which, if implemented, will see R1-billion a year being ploughed into the upkeep of South Africa’s roads infrastructure. 

First motorcycle with hybrid engine

By: System Author     6th October 2000 Developments to Watch 

Tenders for Moz road upgrade

By: System Author     6th October 2000 The government of Mozambique has called for tenders from 11 preselected contractors for the rehabilitation of the road between Vanduzi and Changara. 

R48m Cape road project on track

By: System Author     22nd September 2000 The Cape construction arm of Grinaker is going ahead full-steam on the Klapmuts contract awarded by the Provincial Administration of the Western Cape in March. 

Taxi, bus terminals for airport next year

By: System Author     8th September 2000 Public transport facilities and systems at Africa’s busiest airport, Johannesburg International Airport, are being redesigned to make a world-class transportation system available to arriving users. 

New road pavements forum

By: System Author     1st September 2000 Members of South Africa’s bituminous and cementitious materials road pavements industry have joined forces to form a single platform 

Tippers make loading easier

By: System Author     11th August 2000 Transportation logistics company John Daniel Containers, of Mossel Bay, Western Cape, has entered into a manufacturing agreement with Australian company Trufab to manufacture a new roller-tipper. 

Jhb–Pta superhighway study begins

By: System Author     11th August 2000 One of South Africa’s most ambitious road infrastructure projects, the National Road Agency’s (NRA’s) Johannesburg-to-Pretoria corridor scheme, has reached initial development status. 

19 new toll-road projects studied

By: System Author     28th July 2000 South African road-users could be paying thousands of rands in toll fees in the next few years if the government’s toll-road development programme gets the final go-ahead. 

Measuring car cuts surveying time

By: System Author     14th July 2000 The first infrastructure-measuring car that can measure track and overhead line parameters simultaneously, was launched by Plasserail last month. 

All aboard the Shilowa express

By: System Author     7th July 2000 By 2005, commuters travelling between Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Johannesburg International Airport may be persuaded to leave the convenience of their motorcars for the time-savings and comfort of a higher-speed train. 

Rail cargo traceable on the Internet

By: System Author     7th July 2000 Southern Africa is one step closer to an integrated regional railway system, with the last railway due to be connected to the region’s rolling stock information system by December. 

John Ross tolling proposed

By: System Author     6th July 2000 An unsolicited proposal to upgrade and toll the John Ross highway linking Empangeni and Richards Bay in Kwazulu-Natal at a cost of R220-million to R250-million, has been submitted to the National Roads Agency. 

SA rail efficiency is not on track – Omar

By: System Author     30th June 2000 While South Africa can boast some of the most advanced transport infrastructure in the world, efficiency in terms of its rail network is still not on track. 

Will taxpayers subsidise taxi recapitalisation?

By: System Author     30th June 2000 The taxi recapitalisation project has invited laudatory and cautionary comment since its announcement last year. 

SA must be transport-smart

By: System Author     16th June 2000 The implementation of intelligent transport systems in South Africa will play a significant role with respect to the South African government’s five-year transport focus. 

Toll system to be used the first time

By: System Author     16th June 2000 Southern Africa: projects & trade 

Infrastructure backlog a concern

By: System Author     2nd June 2000 Concrete 

Road freight industry slump – worst in 3 years

By: System Author     19th May 2000 Further aggravating South Africa’s logistics problem, the local road-freight industry is in its worst slump for three years, with dire possible consequences for product transport and productivity in the country. 

Twelve weigh-stations to beat overloaders on new N3 toll-road

By: System Author     28th April 2000 Overloaded trucks are adding R600-million a year to the backlog bill of maintenance and repairs of South African roads, which stands at R37-billion, but public–private partnerships could help solve the problem. 

Do-or-die time to avoid SA commuter-rail train smash

By: System Author     14th April 2000 Decision time is looming for South Africa if it has any hope of salvaging its commuter rail service which operates in the main urban centres of Gauteng, the Western and Eastern Cape and Kwazulu-Natal. 

On the ROAD to a national CRISIS

By: System Author     7th April 2000 South Africa’s road infrastructure can be categorised into maintainable, repairable and rebuildable, with many of its road seals at the limit of their useful life, requiring urgent rejuvenating or resealing. 

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