Sky Circle Project Got Underway in Cape Town on 31 October
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The sky circle is an innovative free standing elevated traffic circle at the intersection of Jan Smuts Drive and Govan Mbeki Road. It will stand 6,2m above the ground and is part of the roll-out of the second phase of the MyCiTi network linking Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha and Claremont and Wynberg.
The aim is for every resident from all walks of life in Cape Town to have access to proper public transport. Walkers and cyclists will be pleased to know that there will also be dedicated lanes for them to make use of.
South Africa’s government and industry to tap into electric vehicle components manufacturing
South Africa made a major proposal last year to encourage green transportation with an electric vehicle promotion policy. The e-mobility policy framework indicates plans for significant fiscal incentives to encourage the sale of new energy vehicles (NEVs). South Africa also plans to increase their investment in developing new and existing manufacturing plants to support the production of NEVs, including battery manufacturing and electric vehicle components.
Limpopo’s Pothole-Patching Target of 180,000m2
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In August the Department of Transport launched Operation Vala Zonke, a 6-month national campaign aimed at combating potholes across the country, with Sanral acting as the implementing agency. As a result, in just over 60 days, the Province of Limpopo has seen the repair of almost 25,431 potholes as part of the initiative. Pothole repairs will benefit business and tourism in the province – a contractor has already been appointed to start with the D1909 Eastgate road in Hoedspruit.
Dealing With E-Tolls Once and For All
Finance minister Enoch Godongwana announced in October that the Gauteng provincial government has agreed to contribute 30% to settle Sanral’s debt and interest obligations, while the national government will cover 70% of the debt.
The National Treasury has proposed to allocate R23.7 billion from the national fiscus to settle the South African National Roads Agency’s (Sanral) debt.
Gauteng will also cover the costs of maintaining the 201km and associated interchanges of the roads.
Responding to the announcement by the finance minister, Gauteng premier Panyaza Lesufi said that he welcomed the finalisation of the e-toll saga, and that his administration would consult with Sanral on how to repurpose the e-tolling systems.
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