Kapsch TrafficCom AB, with local partner Traffic Management Technologies, has been awarded a US$157 million contract by the South African National Roads Authority for the design, build and operation of the first multi-lane free-flow system in Africa.

The Gauteng Open Road Tolling project will result in the installation of CEN 278/5.8GHz-compatible gantries, 42 in total, along 180km of freeway. Kapsch will operate the facility for five years and maintain it for eight.

André Laux, CEO: “Winning the contract involved more than providing technical competence at a competitive price, as there was also a need to conform to the South African Government”s Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment [BBBEE] legislation, which is intended to distribute wealth across as broad a spectrum of the country”s population as possible.”

Work will commence on 8 October this year, with operations scheduled to start after 14 months and go-live after a further four. This will be after the 2010 FIFA Football World Cup.

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DATED: 22nd September 2009