SA records 189 crashes on Easter weekend, 235 deaths

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has confirmed 189 crashes were recorded over the Easter period, resulting in 235 deaths nationwide. He released the Easter traffic statistics on Thursday. Gauteng recorded 30 crashes and 36 fatalities. The Eastern Cape recorded 22 crashes and 27 fatalities. Free State recorded 8 crashes and 13 fatalities. Kwa-Zulu Natal recorded 42 […]

Cosatu not interested in Minister Fikile Mbalula and Minister Lindiwe Sisulu twar

COSATU has expressed disinterest in a Twitter battle involving Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. In a Tweet on Sunday, Mbalula accused Sisulu of not affording him a chance to clarify his Tweet from last week. He has since […]

Ministers owe millions in rent on houses paid for by taxpayers

A number of current and former cabinet ministers together owe millions of rands in rent on homes that have been subsidised by taxpayers, the Sunday Times reports. Public works minister Patricia de Lille has sent letters to high-profile politicians in an effort to recover more than R8 million in rental arrears. Under the current ministerial […]

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane lays crimen injuria charges against Mbalula

The Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has laid crimen injuria charges against Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula. He described her as a “hired gun” in a tweet. He reiterated those views in a media release, saying he stands by his position. Attorney Rupert Candy said: “I think there may be scope for him to argue certain defences. […]

Prasa heads to court over homes on Cape Town train tracks

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says Prasa will be approaching the High Court in Western Cape to remove those who built homes on railway tracks in Cape Town, affecting rail services. Illegal settlements on rail lines are delaying construction work to reopen lines from Langa to Khayelitsha. The rail agency’s new CEO Zolani Mathews says he’ll […]

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula believes new CEO can stabilise Prasa

Prasa has had 10 acting CEO’s in six years. Newly-appointed Zolani Kgotsietsile Matthews is the first permanent CEO at the rail agency since Lucky Montana in 2015. The agency has been marred by corruption allegations and vandalism. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula believes he’s made the right appointment to stabilise Prasa. “I hope I will never […]

All you need to know about New E -toll fees

From 1 March 2021, you will pay R272 in toll fees to drive between Johannesburg and Durban, while a trip to or from Cape Town will cost R197. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has approved toll tariff increases as recommended by the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL), the agency has announced. The adjustments were gazetted […]

E-toll prices hikes kick in next month

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has approved the 2021 toll tariffs as recommended by the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL), the agency has announced. The adjustments were gazetted on 11 February 2021 and will kick in on 1 March 2021. Through SANRAL, the department of transport said it uses selective tolling to implement major road […]

Transport Department ready for high Easter holidays traffic volumes

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says his department and various law enforcement agencies are ready for the upcoming 2021 Easter period. He was briefing Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Transport on his department’s readiness to curb this year’s Easter road fatalities on Friday. Mbalula says his department’s strategy will include compulsory stopping of vehicles for regular searches […]

Metrorail’s Central Line service only to be restored at end of 2021

Metrorail’s Central Line service in the Western Cape is now expected to be restored at the end of 2021, the commuter rail operator has said. This comes amid calls for the service to be declared a “crisis This week, Metrorail unveiled two new train sets, dubbed the “People’s Trains” which would be rolled out on […]