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Roads News

UN Global Campaign for Road Safety launched in South Africa

By: Sabrina Jardim     15th May 2024 In support of national and local authorities’ road safety initiatives, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety Jean Todt, in partnership with outdoor advertising company JCDecaux, on May 15, launched the UN Global Campaign for Road Safety under the hashtag #MakeASafetyStatement.... 

Air freight leads recovery in logistics sector in March – Ctrack index 

By: Irma Venter     10th May 2024 After a notable decline in the first two months of the year, the Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (Ctrack TFI) in March increased to an index level of 119.7. This is an increase of 1.1% compared with February, and just marginally up on a year ago. 

Air freight leads recovery in logistics sector in March – Ctrack index

Outa demands information on Sanral, Ceta tenders

By: Darren Parker     24th April 2024 Nonprofit watchdog the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has accused the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and the Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) of keeping contracts with questionable companies secret, which it says is in line with a government... 

Sanral road (hopefield interchange)

Ctrack transport, freight index shows deterioration in all but one of six sectors tracked

By: Irma Venter     29th March 2024 After increasing somewhat in December, the Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (TFI) declined notably in January to a level of 119.3 – a drop of 2.1%, compared with December’s 121.9. The extent of the weakness is almost similar to the pressure the sector experienced during the KwaZulu-Natal... 

Glasfit, Arrive Alive form partnership to boost road safety awareness

By: Schalk Burger     27th March 2024 Automotive glass fitting and repair services company Glasfit and road safety initiative Arrive Alive have announced a partnership to enhance road safety. The collaboration is part of the partners' commitment to making South African roads safer for everyone, especially ahead of the busy Easter... 

Thirty-one countries to start trading under AfCFTA Agreement this year

By: Sabrina Jardim     18th March 2024 Amid the increasing importance of intra-African trade, 31 countries are expected to start trading under the African Continental FreeTrade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement by the end of the year, South Africa’s Department of Trade, Industry and Competition Trade Branch Africa bilateral economic relations... 

Broad-based weakness evident in the logistics sector – Ctrack index 

By: Irma Venter     12th March 2024 After increasing somewhat in December, the Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (TFI) declined notably in January to a level of 119.3 – a drop of 2.1% compared with December’s 121.9. The extent of the weakness is almost similar to the pressure the sector experienced during the KwaZulu-Natal looting... 

Broad-based weakness evident in the logistics sector – Ctrack index

TNPA invests in road rehabilitation project at Port of Durban

By: Sabrina Jardim     11th March 2024 The intensified pressure posed by an influx of trucks on the Port of Durban’s road infrastructure has prompted State-owned utility Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) to invest R233-million on the rehabilitation of roads in key container handling port precincts – the Container and Maydon... 

GDP figures cap decade of negative GDP per capita growth – BLSA

By: Schalk Burger     11th March 2024 While the gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the fourth quarter of 2023 was 0.1%, growth was negative in terms of GDP per capita, given that population growth is outpacing it. "We have been trending lower since 2013, and have now crowned a decade of negative per capita growth. South Africans... 

Locomotives used by Transnet Freight Rail

Mgojo says collaborative efforts will enable Transnet to report higher volumes than initially forecast 

By: Terence Creamer     8th March 2024 Business Unity South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo reports that the collaboration between business and government to turn around the performance of Transnet could result in the struggling State-owned freight logistics group moving significantly more volumes in the year to March than was guided... 

Business Unity South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo
Business Unity South Africa president Mxolisi Mgojo

Ctrack index points to another year of ‘fairly subdued’ transport-sector growth

By: Irma Venter     8th March 2024 The Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (Ctrack TFI) forecasts “another year of fairly subdued growth for the transport sector”. This is based on the assumption of mediocre economic growth in South Africa this year, forecast at 1.3%, up from 2023’s estimated 0.6%. 

Gauteng reiterates exit of GFIP tolling by end March

By: Natasha Odendaal     5th March 2024 The Gauteng provincial government (GPG) has approached financial institutions to raise money required to honour its contractual obligations ahead of the March 31, 2024, target date to scrap the tolling of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). Gauteng Finance MEC Jacob Mamabolo on... 

Toll gantries on a Gauteng highway

Mathe Group expands capacity to produce more rubber crumb for roads

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     4th March 2024 The use of large amounts of recycled rubber crumb for the manufacture of road surfaces and related products is propelling South Africa towards a circular economy where waste products are used to address key infrastructure needs, Hammarsdale-based radial truck tyre recycler Mathe Group CEO Dr... 

An image showing a factory worker with a tyre at the Mathe Group factory
Mathe Group factory where truck tyres are processed into rubber crumb

PPP reforms could avert need for prescribed-assets policy to increase private infrastructure investment – Pieterse   

By: Terence Creamer     1st March 2024 National Treasury director-general Dr Duncan Pieterse says the reforms being proposed to facilitate greater private sector investment into infrastructure could obviate the need to introduce a policy of ‘prescribed assets’, whereby pension funds would be required to direct a specified level of... 

National Treasury director-general Dr Duncan Pieterse
National Treasury director-general Dr Duncan Pieterse responds to a question posed on prescribed assets by facilitator Alishia Seckam during a PSG Big Think Series event. Edited: Shadwyn Dickinson 1.3.2024

Business welcomes appointment of new Transnet leadership  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      1st March 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses the business community's reaction to the appointment of permanent executive leadership at Transnet; signs that the turnaround and reforms at Transnet are starting to show some results; and when these developments are likely to start having a... 

Business welcomes appointment of new Transnet leadership
Business welcomes appointment of new Transnet leadership

Gauteng govt has yet to show how it will finance its portion of GFIP debt

By: Darren Parker     21st February 2024 The Gauteng provincial government has yet to show how it will fund its previously agreed 30% contribution of R12.9-billion of the total outstanding debt of R47-billion for phase 1 of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). This follows the announcement made by Finance Minister Enoch... 

E-toll gantries

Lesufi confident e-tolls to end by March

By: Schalk Burger     20th February 2024 Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi, in his State of the Province Address (SoPA) on February 19, said the provincial government had met with the Finance and Transport Ministers on January 26, and that he remains confident Gauteng should be able to end e-tolls by March. According to Lesufi, the... 

Aerial view of a GFIP highway and e-toll gantries

Dispute over 5km road could highlight far bigger roadbuilding problem for Gauteng  

By: Terence Creamer     20th February 2024 A legal dispute over the granting of an environmental authorisation for a 5-km new road, the K148, in southern Gauteng has the potential to highlight serious legal impediments to the development of any new road in the increasingly traffic-congested province. This, owing to an alleged misalignment... 

Roads

Fuel price hike will impact consumers and the road freight industry – RFA

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2024 Fuel is rapidly crossing the 50% mark as a share of daily road transport operating costs, depending on the type of transport operation, with rising costs likely to be passed on to the consumer, says Road Freight Association (RFA) CEO Gavin Kelly. He says there are “dire forecasts” of large fuel... 

Image of Road Freight Association (RFA) CEO Gavin Kelly.
Gavin Kelly

S Africa’s infrastructure at a crossroads – council

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      16th February 2024 Industry body Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) has emphasised the significance of maintenance as a proactive measure against further decay of South Africa’s infrastructure. The council acknowledges the existing challenges facing the country but is optimistic about addressing them to... 

An image of Dr Bridget Ssamula
BRIDGET SSAMULA Many countries rely on the private sector to kickstart projects because these companies have done the research and built the prototypes, whereas with government, you have to wait for a more economic design solution that can be implemented at mass scale to push the developmental agenda

2024 could be ‘turning point’ for infrastructure sector

By: Lumkile Nkomfe      16th February 2024 Amid an evolving political landscape and the imminent challenges of an upcoming national election, Consulting Engineers South Africa (Cesa) underscores the critical need to expedite infrastructure development and for continuity in South Africa, emphasizing the importance of proactive planning and... 

An image of Cesa CEO Chris Campbell
CHRIS CAMPBELL The private sector is an integral part of this country and this is why South Africa needs to break down barriers and build relationships

Critical infrastructure blackouts top business risk in SA – Allianz

16th February 2024 For the second consecutive year, international financial services provider Allianz’s Risk Barometer indicates that critical infrastructure blackouts, attributed to power outages and the failure of ports, railways and roads, pose the greatest risk for businesses operating in South Africa. The... 

Up to 12% of Gauteng motorists still paying their e-toll bills, says Outa 

By: Darren Parker     15th February 2024 Between 10% and 12% of road users in Gauteng are still paying for e-tolls, despite the October 2022 announcement by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana that e-tolls would be scrapped, Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) CEO Wayne Duvenhage has said. Speaking at the South African Real Estate... 

A toll gantry on the N12

Cape Town to invest R43bn in infrastructure in the next three years – mayor 

By: Irma Venter     14th February 2024 Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis says the city will invest R43-billion in infrastructure over the next three years. The ten-year project pipeline is valued at R120-billion. 

Image of Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and city manager Lungelo Mbandazayo 
Cape Town mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis and city manager Lungelo Mbandazayo 

Subdued growth expected in transport sector; more freight going to Maputo – Ctrack index

By: Irma Venter     14th February 2024 The Ctrack Transport and Freight Index (Ctrack TFI) forecasts “another year of fairly subdued growth for the transport sector”. This is based on the assumption of mediocre economic growth in South Africa this year, forecast at 1.3%, up from 2023’s estimated 0.6%. 

Subdued growth expected in transport sector; more freight going to Maputo – Ctrack index

Bambili close to finishing feasibility study on hydrogen fuel cell power system for Anglo’s head office

By: Darren Parker     13th February 2024 Diversified mining major Anglo American has selected hydrogen energy solutions company Bambili Energy to deploy a 2 MW hydrogen fuel cell power system lighthouse project to provide electricity at its headquarters in Rosebank, Johannesburg, South Africa. Bambili Energy CEO Zanele Mavuso Mbatha... 

Anglo American's new head office in Oxford Road

Toll tariffs to increase by 6.25%, Sanral announces

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     12th February 2024 The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has announced that its toll tariffs will increase by 6.25% from March 1. The tariffs are adjusted yearly in line with the Consumer Price Index as obtained from Statistics South Africa. 

An image of Sanral communications and marketing GM Vusi Mona
Sanral communications and marketing GM Vusi Mona

Business stakeholders find ‘election-oriented’ SoNA wanting

By: Marleny Arnoldi     9th February 2024 Business stakeholders agree that President Cyril Ramphosa was right to emphasise economic reforms in his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on February 8, as these are critical to turning around the country’s dire economic performance and unemployment. Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), for... 

The Durban Container Terminal
South Africa's electricity and logistics crises remain a concern for business

Opec Fund extends $30m loan to Uganda to upgrade rural road

By: Schalk Burger     9th February 2024 The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) Fund for International Development is extending a $30-million loan to support the development of a key transportation link in Uganda. The project is co-financed by the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the government of Uganda. 

Loadshedding, logistics, water crises key themes of SoNA 2024  

By: Creamer Media Reporter      9th February 2024 Engineering News editor Terence Creamer discusses some of the key themes that emerged during President Cyril Ramaphosa's final State of the Nation Address of the current administration and how these affect the economy and business.   

Photo of Terence Creamer
Loadshedding, logistics, water crises key themes of SoNA 2024

Good roads needed for economic growth – Chikunga

By: Schalk Burger     6th February 2024 Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga, on February 5, inspected the R1.1-billion upgrade of the R23 regional road in Standerton, Mpumalanga, as well as the implementation of the Vala Zonke campaign to repair potholes. “As government, we recognise that good roads help to grow the economy and that... 

We are turning ports around, but it will take time – Ramaphosa   

By: Sashnee Moodley     5th February 2024 While the recently launched African Continental Free Trade Area will provide advantages for South African companies, the efficiency and competitiveness of the country’s logistics architecture needs to improve, which President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured will happen. In his weekly letter to the... 

President Cyril Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Clear commitment to reform implementation needed in SoNA – Mavuso

By: Schalk Burger     5th February 2024 Business organisation Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busi Mavuso has urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to show a clear commitment to the hard work of reform implementation during his State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Thursday evening. South Africa's electricity crisis remains a... 

Locomotives operating on Transnet Freight Rail's rail lines

Gauteng transport department ‘deeply concerned’ about traffic light vandalism

By: Darren Parker     29th January 2024 The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has expressed “deep concern” regarding a recent surge in vandalism and theft targeting traffic signals within the province. In a statement issued on January 29, the department said it was faced with an “enormous battle” of maintaining and protecting... 

Government's new plan to shift cargo from roads back to rail  

By: News24Wire      26th January 2024 Government is seeking to finalise a plan aimed at improving its rail network and move cargo away from its overburdened roads.  While the economy loses a billion rand per day to its logistics crises, government has said an urgent turnaround is needed to improve its 31 000km locomotive network as... 

Road and rail

Dedicated freight lanes and restricted truck operating hours mooted in draft plan to shift cargo back to rail  

By: Terence Creamer     25th January 2024 The Department of Transport (DoT) is canvasing as series of interventions aimed at attracting freight back to South Africa’s struggling rail system from road, which has emerged as the country’s freight backbone following Transnet Freight Rail’s (TFR’s) precipitous decline in recent years.... 

A road fright truck on the N3 corridor

Partial Modderfontein road bridge closure to remain in place until July

By: Schalk Burger     23rd January 2024 City roads and stormwater agency the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) says the partial closure of the Modderfontein road bridge, between Pretoria road (West) and Wordsworth road, will remain in place until the completion of the rehabilitation works on the northern carriageway, with the southern... 

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