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Roads News

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. 

R365m overhaul of SA traffic info system

By: Laura Franz     14th December 2001 Over the next five years, South Africa’s nine-year-old National Traffic Information System (NaTIS) will receive a much-needed overhauling to the tune of some R365-million. 

35 trailers for timber industry

7th December 2001 MOSSEL Bay 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 timber transport industry. 

Platinum toll-road speeds ahead

By: Laura Franz     7th December 2001 Three months into the project, and the rainy season notwithstanding, earthworks on the R2,3-billion Bakwena Platinum Highway are already ahead of schedule, reports Platinum Joint Venture (PJV) contracts manager (for sector 7) Frikkie du Plessis. 

R500m Springs–Ermelo road-rehab plan

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     23rd November 2001 The National Roads Agency (NRA) plans to rehabilitate and upgrade a 162-km stretch of the N17 highway between Springs, in Gauteng, and Ermelo, in Mpumalanga, at a cost of about R500-million. 

'40% of public investment should be in infrastructure'

23rd November 2001 In a developing economy at least 40% of public investment and 20% of the country’s total investment portfolio should be channelled into infrastructure. 

Overarching regional strategy embraced

By: Deborah Spicer     16th November 2001 Regional co-operation and integration was seen as one of the central pillars of Africa’s economic development when the concept of the African Renaissance started being fleshed out three years ago. 

Malawi embraces South African road technology

By: Marcel Chimwala     16th November 2001 Malawi – A Malawi contractor for South Africa's Con-Aid International, JV Homepride and Business Associate, has launched a South African road-maintenance product, Con-Aid chemical soil stabiliser in Malawi. 

Rolling-stock contract creates 100 jobs

9th November 2001 The Rolling Stock Division (RSD) of Dorbyl group has entered into a contract, valued at R25-million, with Bombardier Transportation SA for the upgrading of 88 Class 5M2A suburban coaches, made up of 22 motor coaches and 66 trailer coaches. 

Mountain roads to take Lesotho home

By: Laura Franz     9th November 2001 Almost eight months after the first excavations on the steep slopes of the Maluti Mountains, in northern Lesotho, the Mohale feeder roads are beginning to take shape, reports RB Project Management (RBPM) MD Rolf Beger. 

Plan to grow local bike market

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd November 2001 The Department of Transport is spearheading a nationwide project that should see bicycles, long-neglected by planners, becoming a significant feature of South Africa’s transport landscape within the next few years. 

BEE firms in Jhb airport upgrade

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     2nd November 2001 The concrete structure of the new domestic terminal being built at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) is on schedule for completion next month, and kitting it out will take another year. 

Southern Africa's Western trade Corridor is opening

By: Keith Campbell     2nd November 2001 The Walvis Bay Corridor is now coming into operation, so shortening the time Gauteng exports destined for the rich Atlantic region (the Americas, Europe, West Africa) will take to market. 

Transnet 'end state' document awaited

By: Keith Campbell     19th October 2001 IT is highly unlikely that any significant announcement on the restructuring of Transnet will be made before the end of the year. 

Flagship SDI gets State buy-in

15th October 2001 The Mpumalanga government has reaffirmed its support for the Maputo Development Corridor. 

. . . $6m Malawi roads project

By: Marcel Chimwala     12th October 2001 Malawi is preparing to carry out annual routine maintenance of its main roads and selected urban roads. 

Potential in SADC transport sector

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu     5th October 2001 Southern Africa’s restructuring transport sector presents immense opportunities for private investors, delegates to this year’s Southern African trade and investment summit were told. 

Taxi Recapitalisation Project, countrywide

3rd October 2001 Transport Minister Dullah Omar updated the minibus taxi process at a parliamentary media briefing on September 12. 

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