N3 highway open again

N3 highway open again

The trucking backlog encountered along the N3 highway had been cleared on Saturday morning.


Trucks on N3

This was after hundreds of trucks brought the highway to a standstill when they blocked the N3 which links Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal in the vicinity of Van Reenen’s Pass. 


An update provided by the N3 toll concession in the early hours of Saturday morning confirmed that the route has been opened again. 


“N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) appreciates the efforts and commitment of all road incident management services who assisted to resolve the situation and then worked tirelessly throughout the night to clear the route,” said Thania Dhoogra, N3TC’s operations manager. 


“These disruptions place an additional burden on law enforcement, emergency services, and road users, not only on the N3 Toll Route but in the entire region. 

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Road users should, however, be aware that wet weather conditions and poor visibility may be experienced along large parts of the route this weekend. 


“Motorists are requested to reduce speed, increase following distances, and keep headlights switched on when travel conditions are poor. Stay alert and travel safely,” said Dhoogra.


On Friday, truck drivers blocked all lanes on the N3, protesting the hiring of foreign nationals.


The truck drivers say that they are aggrieved over priority being given to foreign truck drivers, as opposed to South Africans. 


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