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Roads News

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-Rajah     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.  

 Cosatu notes e-toll talks, warns of mass actions

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-Rajah     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-Rajah     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
Photo by Creamer Media's Nadine James
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
Photo by Creamer Media's Dylan Slater
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
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