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N3 upgrade

will also include the much-needed investment in passenger

There is construction work in progress as part of the upgrading

rail to offer commuters a safer, faster and more accessible

of the N3 from Durban to Cedara outside Pietermaritzburg.

connection between Mpumalanga and Gauteng.

The upgrading of the N3 is essential if one of government’s

The full upgrade will take five years to complete, totalling

Strategic Integrated Projects linking the Port of Durban with

approximately R4.5 billion. The project will result in job op-

Gauteng, South Africa’s economic heartland, is to succeed. It

portunities for locals from within the districts and municipali-

is currently the busiest road freight corridor in South Africa.

ties in the area. In addition, people will be trained in various

Developments in the Eastern Cape

aspects of engineering to enable them to look for jobs elsewhere once the project has been completed.

In the Eastern Cape, SANRAL has completed road infrastruc-

Minister Peters says the Moloto Road project will create

ture to the value of R1.4 billion at the close of the 2015/16

about 5 500 jobs. In addition, significant portions of the con-

financial year.

tracts will be packaged to enable small and medium enter-

SANRAL is in the process of appointing service providers for the construction of two new mega-bridges that will bring

prises to perform the work and gain experience.

communities closer to each other, as well as other urban cen-

N1 Ring Road

tres such as Mthatha. Construction of the bridges, along with a

Regular travellers between the economic heartland of Gaut-

new greenfields section of road, are part of the N2 Wild Coast

eng and Zimbabwe will soon experience much-improved

Toll Road project.

journeys following major improvements to the N1 freeway.

The “greenfields” portion of the road entails a 112km stretch,

A ring road near Musina, in the far north, will significantly

between Ndwalane (outside Port St Johns) and the Mtamvuna

reduce traffic pressure on the border town and contribute

River (between Mzamba and Port Edward). It will include nine

to a better traffic flow through the Beit Bridge border post.

major bridges, three interchange bridges and new roads. Minister Peters says the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road project is a catalytic initiative that will unlock higher levels of prosperity.

Two hundred kilometres to the south, construction is well underway on the Eastern Ring Road close to Polokwane in Limpopo.

“With the full support of local communities and traditional

The volume of traffic passing through Musina has rapidly

leadership of the Mpondo kingdom, we have the consent and

increased in recent years causing severe congestion for road

support of the people to put roads in place that will have a

users and major safety concerns. The high volumes of traffic

snowball effect on tourism, agriculture and public infrastruc-

in a town of about 35 000 people have caused conflict with

ture, such as schools and hospitals.”

local traffic movement and complaints from local residents,

Moloto Road Project Moloto Road, dubbed one of South Africa’s roads of death, is to be transformed into a road of hope. “The Moloto Road has become synonymous with crashes, bus accidents, injuries and death. It has robbed communities of breadwinners and beloved mothers,” notes the Minister. The 160 km stretch of Moloto Road runs through the provinces of Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo, and is used by about 60 000 commuters on a daily basis.

business and communities about safety, access to business premises and lack of parking. The solution identified by SANRAL is to build a ring road around the town. The 30-month construction project commenced in early 2016. The value of the project is set at R700 million and about R85 million of the work will be undertaken by small and emerging enterprises, creating an estimated 200 local jobs. The Minister says effective infrastructure is considered a key precondition for national economic growth. By investing in

The road has not been upgraded for many years and has had

such infrastructure, the cost of transport and communica-

to cope with increasing traffic in recent years. Statistics from

tions can be reduced, thereby facilitating trade and creating

January 2012 to May 2014 show that there were 489 crashes on

wealth.

Moloto Road, resulting in 158 fatalities and 594 serious injuries.

“Roads are known to be an enabler of growth and a guaran-

The modernisation of this road forms part of the Moloto

tor of national integration, both linking internally and exter-

Road Development Corridor, initiated by government, which

Public Sector Manager • December 2016 / January 2017

nally with the global economy,” she adds.

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