Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has confirmed that R2.8 billion will go towards fixing one of the most dangerous roads in South Africa, following a spate of deadly accidents in recent years.
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The R573 connecting Pretoria to Kwamhlanga is used by roughly 50 000 motorists each day, and tragic incidents have been so frequent here, the carriageway has been darkly dubbed as ‘Death Road’ – and even the authorities agree.
This is officially the most dangerous ‘R-road’ in the country, according to the Road Accident Fund. It features on a top-ten list with some of the most notorious stretches of tarmac within our borders. Accident hot-spots on the N1, N2, and N4 are all present.
‘Death Road’ set for significant upgrade
That’s why a dramatic intervention has been announced by Minister Mbalula. The R573, which plots a course through Gauteng, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo, will now receive a total of R2.8 billion in funding, to fix its fatal flaws.
“Over the medium term, R45.3 billion or 59.3% of the allocation to SANRAL is budgeted to upgrade, strengthen and refurbish the national non‐toll roads network. An amount of R2.8 billion is allocated for the Moloto Road which traverses Provinces of Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.”Fikile Mbalula
Earlier this month, SANRAL also confirmed that the major redevelopment would introduce traffic circles to the R573. This will help regulate driver speeds, and ’roundabouts’ are considered to be much safer than T-junctions or intersections.
“The upgrading of the R573 Moloto Road has introduced roundabouts (also known as traffic circles) as a speed calming measure to reduce crashes. Compared to other intersections, such as T-junctions and four-way crossings, roundabouts are much safer.”SANRAL statement
Plans to address ‘most dangerous road’ known for death and tragedy
Moloto Road is connected to the N11 near Marblehall, and passes through Siyabuswa, Moteti, Kwaggafontein, and Tweefontein,. It also goes into Roodeplaat, just outside out Pretoria. The 73km between KwaMhlanga and Pretoria is seen as ‘the danger zone’: