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Old August 10th, 2007, 02:32 PM   #61
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I am not sure if you can see that bridge at night time
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Old August 10th, 2007, 09:41 PM   #62
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What does that sign with two black horizontal parallel lines in the median strip mean?
That sign means no unauthorised entry. In other words, it means no vehicles, other than emergency vehicles are permitted to cross the motorway median. All South African signs are in pictures only, due to the 11 official languages.
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Old August 12th, 2007, 08:40 AM   #63
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Great thread! Nice scenery and interesting signage.
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Old August 15th, 2007, 06:41 PM   #64
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South Africa will toll N1 highway

The South African province of Gauteng is to undertake a US$3.1 billion upgrade programme on the heavily congested N1 freeway. The N1, which links Pretoria and Johannesburg, carries 180,000 vehicles daily. Work is slated to begin early next year and take almost seven years to complete. However, precise dates are currently impossible to give because final environmental impact assessments have yet to be completed. Finance for the upgrade programme will be generated through the implementation of tolls, which are due to be introduced after 2010. All future upgraded freeways in the province will be tolled, with discounts available for regular users.
what are the exact programmes on this highway?
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Old September 7th, 2007, 02:08 PM   #65
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Highways in Durban, South Africa's largest habour city





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Old September 7th, 2007, 02:33 PM   #66
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Great stuff. Driving in Johannesburg is like driving in the US.
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Old September 8th, 2007, 10:58 AM   #67
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Very nice pictures in this thread. If I see the destinations on signs like these it just feels like the Netherlands. However, most of it seems to be in English. Is the african language yet that important?
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Old September 8th, 2007, 12:21 PM   #68
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The various African languages, as well as Afrikaans are more widely spoken as first languages, however the country "runs" in English. 11 Official languages means that there needs to be one that the vast majority can mutually understand, hence the road signs being in English.
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Old September 9th, 2007, 02:02 AM   #69
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Very nice pictures in this thread. If I see the destinations on signs like these it just feels like the Netherlands. However, most of it seems to be in English. Is the african language yet that important?
yes, but most signs are just in plain simple english to avoid clutter and confusing people. You can of course request that your examination documents or court proceedings be in Zulu or whatever language you wish. In fact the Automated Teller Machines at ABSA bank are in all the official languages, LOL.

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Old September 19th, 2007, 10:51 PM   #70
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a broken down bus 1 and half hours away from Johannesburg

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Why the hell isn't that bus parked further to the left? (off the emergency/driving lane). This is really dangerous.
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Old September 20th, 2007, 04:45 AM   #72
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Why the hell isn't that bus parked further to the left? (off the emergency/driving lane). This is really dangerous.
The bus probably cant move any more and has a trailer (which makes it difficult to push it). This explains why it is still on the driving lane.

To ensure safety you will notice that they have already placed the danger signs on the road for a few hundreds of meters to ensure that other cars will not be on the lane where the bus is stuck.
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Old September 20th, 2007, 07:54 PM   #73
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Why the hell isn't that bus parked further to the left? (off the emergency/driving lane). This is really dangerous.
For the same reason it isn't moving...
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Old September 21st, 2007, 09:16 AM   #74
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At least get the passengers off the road, then!
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Old September 21st, 2007, 04:57 PM   #75
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At least get the passengers off the road, then!
Well, i am at a loss of words to explain this. The bloody bus can't move and the driver has already put signs on the road for a good 200 meters. If you look at the cars that are coming behind the bus, you can clearly see orange signs placed on the bloody road to ensure that all traffic will shift away from the lane where the bus is stuck.

To top it all, this is a road with very little traffic and thus the possibility of any accidents is very minimal especially when the orange signs are placed on the road. Perhaps you are not used to those signs, but over here in South Africa all drivers understand what they mean and we have yet to see anyone driving over those signs to hit a bus or stationery vehicle.

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Old September 21st, 2007, 07:55 PM   #76
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Yes, we know those signs. At least, if you mean something like this. In some countries they are even compulsory. But those things, including putting the alarm lights on the bus, don't guarantee safety! Especially not standing on a driving lane. And even with low intensities.
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 12:19 PM   #77
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If someone did decide to drive over the sign I'm sure the passengers will have enough time to get out of the way...
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 01:23 PM   #78
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Sure. With a speed of 20 to 30 meter per second (I guess that's reasonable on the shown photo) you won't hope someone loses his attention for a second, because it's over.
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 03:31 PM   #79
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Lmfao this is quite funny. I'm pretty sure the people know whether they personally have the brain capacity to stand in the road without being hit or not.
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 05:48 PM   #80
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Yes, we know those signs. At least, if you mean something like this. In some countries they are even compulsory. But those things, including putting the alarm lights on the bus, don't guarantee safety! Especially not standing on a driving lane. And even with low intensities.

Its more like these kind of signs (see orange signs next to emergency car on the picture below) stacked over a 100 - 200 meter range. So you really have to be under the influence of alcohol to not see them and even after hitting one of these, you would have to drive for a good 100 meters with this sign making so much noice under the car's hood before you get to hit the bus.

If you care to look at the car that is coming from a distance on the picture with the bus, you can probably figure out that the car has already moved off the bus lane precisely because of the danger signs placed on that lane.


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