Live testing of Gauteng e-toll billing system launched
Friday 13 April: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (Sanral) has launched live end-to-end testing of the billing system for Gauteng's e-toll roads.
During this test phase, registered e-road users will be able to observe the test toll transactions on their e-toll accounts, which will be updated within 24 hours. This will be available on the SANRAL website at www.sanral.co.za. Non-registered e-road users may receive test invoices showing their test transactions.
During this test phase, no funds will be deducted from road users' e-toll accounts and their current e-toll account balance will remain intact. The test invoices and e-toll account updates will represent the test e-toll transactions for particular toll gantries for the specific user for the test period.
Sanral encourages road users to register an e-tag account as this will grant them access to the discounts available to e-tag users including the 48% e-tag discount, as well as the frequent user discounts and R550 per month e-toll tariff cap available to registered motorcycles and light motor vehicles fitted with an e-tag.
Constitutional Court hands down judgement in Maccsand case
Thursday 12 April: The Constitutional Court has handed down judgement in the case of Maccsand
(Pty) Ltd vs the City of Cape Town and others. In brief, the Court has dismissed Maccsand's appeal, and ordered the Minister of Mineral Resources to pay the City of Cape Town's legal costs.
To read the full post on the Centre for Environmental Rights site, click the following link:
Mass shutdown of Gauteng freeways!
Wednesday 11 April: Modern Quarrying has heard from a major supplier that a mass shutdown of the Gauteng freeways is planned to take place on Wednesday 25 April. Large trucking and logistics companies are planning to block off all major intersections around Gauteng - in both directions. Their aim is to totally disrupt traffic for the whole day. Major intersections that will be affected are:
FLYING SAUCER - PTA (N1/R21)
BRAKFONTEIN - PTA (N1/N14)
PROEFPLAAS - PTA (N1/N4)
GILLOOLYS - EAST RAND (N3/N12)
RIETFONTEIN - EAST RAND (N12/R21)
AIRPORT - EAST RAND (R21/R24)
BUCCLEUCH - JHB (N3/N1)
READING - JHB (N12/R59)
ELAND - JHB (N12/N17/N3)
CROWN - JHB (M1/M2)
GELDENHUYS - JHB (N3/M2)
At this stage it is not possible to predict with certainty if this action will take place, nor the scale of the disruption.
Wednesday 11 April: Modern Quarrying has recently been made aware of a potential illegal operation in Polokwane. The operator traders under the name of Alpha Sand, and currently operates with permits. He has apparently imported a crushing plant from China and is currently setting up his water and power infrastructure.