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The N3 Durban-Joburg highway is open

But expect some delays.
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The N3 national highway – South Africa’s most important road trade route from the Port of Durban to the economic hub of Johannesburg – is open.

This was confirmed by the Road Freight Association (RFA) on Friday.

“The Road Freight Association is delighted that the N3 highway has re-opened to all traffic,” it said in a statement.

Read: Vital links taken out of the supply chain by unrest and looting

This follows the unrest that has gripped KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng over the past week, which began with violent protestors and arsonists blocking major roads in Durban last Friday and torching trucks at the Mooi River toll plaza on the busy N3 route to Gauteng.

“Whilst we anticipate some delays and congestion due to the high traffic volumes, we are now able to resume the vital task of delivering goods both countrywide and beyond our borders,” said Gavin Kelly, CEO of the RFA.

“We are doing our best to get essentials in to where they are needed and to address the massive backlog that has occurred as a result of the happenings over the past week.”

“We are doing our best under trying circumstances to ensure that no-one endures food, fuel and medicine shortages – working closely with our compatriots in the retail sector, to allow them to re-supply stores,” he added.

“The N3 is a strategic corridor: every day the value of goods that travel on this highway alone is estimated to be around R3 billion.”

“Thankfully, trucks can now start the wheels of the economy along this corridor turning again, enabling many businesses to resume operations,” said Kelly.

“Whilst what has happened has had an enormous impact on every company and every person in South Africa, it has been heartening to witness communities coming together, protecting what is theirs and actively working together to start re-building what we have lost,” he said.

“The protection of trucks, the employees, the loads and distribution centres remain paramount for the RFA and we call upon law enforcement to remain active and vigilant in protecting the N3,” Kelly stressed.

“The safe passage of goods and people on this important route is vital. We cannot allow a repeat of last week’s senseless violence and looting,” he added.

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I hope SANRAL will read this . Close the Mooi River toll . The trucks slowing down and stopping makes them vulnerable to crime and attack . It’s a no brainier . Move the toll or add the fee to the Tulgela toll , the next toll on the route . Every year the Mooi River toll is where trucks are attacked the most on the full 600 km route . P.ease its the best thing to do ! Toll should avoid over populated areas .

Sorry but that would require a functional brain to understand.

OR keep the toll-gate where it is, and instead the adjacent over-populated areas needs to be moved. It worked well during Apartheid. (So well in fact, people are still cross with us 30 years down the line, so effective it has been 😉

The N3. South Africa’s tarred “rail link” from harbour to inland.

Now that we have a little functioning rail freight system, it makes trucking especially vulnerable. Such freight should NOT be on the roads.

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