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Old December 13th, 2006, 03:41 AM   #1
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South African roads infrastructure

I put this thread to show case the extensive road network that South Africa boosts, from simple 2 lane roads in the karoo, freeways, highways, toll-gates, gas stations , bridges, tunnels, fly-overs, round-abouts, long and winding roads etc. I based this on a similar thread in the African forum and just copied and pasted what i already posted there. Please add more and lets show this to those who doubt SA's ability to prepare adequately for the FIFI World Cup 2010.

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Old December 13th, 2006, 03:41 AM   #2
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Border Post from Lesotho (Sani pass)



N3 highway in Johannesburg, South Africa, Gautrain construction going on in the background
(the $3.3 billion rapid rail link under construction)



Aerial view of the M1, Nelson Mandela bridge can be seen on top of the railway lines (top right hand corner of the
picture, towards the skyscrapers). The parking lot you see there is for the students at the University of Witwatersrand.



This picture shows M1 (south-bound), M2 (east-bound) and R41 (popularly known as Main Reef Rd) all intersecting.



Ben Schoeman highway heading north towards Pretoria from Johannesburg

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Typical off/on - ramp on a typical highway (Metro Cop car blocking on-ramp for cyclists)



A few off-ramps from here is Grayston Drive, which enters Sandton City, a new
City that emerged as a financial district north of Johannesburg about 15 minutes
drive away.





R24 from OR Tambo international (formerly Johannesburg International Airport) heading to Johannesburg CBD



M1 highway, here the road becomes a double decker with south bound traffic on the
top deck and north bound on the lower deck



M1 traffic passing through the University of Witwatersrand (top bridge connects
the West and East campuses of the university)



Smaller freeways inside the metropolis



M1 south-bound to South Rand and Soweto (not too sure, someone please help)




N1 concrete highway heading to Pretoria from Johannesburg (about 40 minutes drive without traffic).
The city emerges in the background as dark shadows just before the skyline begins.





N1 again now in Midrand, the area that now connects Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Largely an industrial park area on the left and residential units on the right.



N1 again, heading closer to Pretoria

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By this time, the N1 is passing Pretoria about 10 kilometers to its left, you
can see the famous Jacaranda trees (with purple flowers) on the side of the highway.



Gilloolys interchange, perhaps the busiest interchange in Johannesburg



Metro cops (freeway patrol) waiting to nail someone for traffic offences.



Highways ( i think its N3) in Durban, the habour city of South Africa.
Rich in Indian and Zulu culture with spicy and delicious food.







Highways in Cape Town

N1 in the karoo headed to Cape Town from Johannesburg, the highway
starts looking like this about +-600 kilometers from Joburg.



N1 highway, almost in Cape Town after 1400 kilometers of driving from Joburg



Somewhere outside Cape Town, LOL









Table mountain in the background



Now in Cape Town





Clifton, Cape Town..really nice bendy drive with magnificent views, but watch
the road



University of Cape Town, ah...my former home. I miss it


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Old December 13th, 2006, 03:42 AM   #3
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Rush hour traffic on N1 motorway to Pretoria, the primary reason why
Gautrain (Rapid rail link) is being constructed.



More rush hour traffic trying to join the N1 motorway, traffic lights not
helping much, so traffic cop here to help.





N3 highway in Joburg, this highway takes you to Durban after a good +-500 km's
The same highway goes to OR Tambo airport, another reason for the Gautrain rapid rail link
which will take you from Sandton to Airport in 15 minutes!!





This is the N12 (not easy to see, but you can see the sign boards) to Kimberly,
seen from a parking area of a shopping centre.



A highway somewhere in Pretoria (Capital city), not sure where



From Pretoria back to Joburg, i think he has opted for the wild west and
decided to leave the pleasures and gardens of a Washington DC.



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Road through DeToit
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Old December 13th, 2006, 03:43 AM   #4
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Highways to Soweto, the biggest ghetto in Johannesburg and South Africa



You can take this off-ramp to enter Soweto from the North or proceed
towards Kimberly/Bloemfontein to enter Soweto from the far South.



If you chose to enter Soweto on the South end, you would have stuck to this highway which ultimately offers
an off-ramp at the Everton cemetory. On the left of this highway, is Lenasia and other mostly indian areas.



More affluent part of Soweto, called Diepkloof or more affectionately DK



Soweto on the left



Newly refurbished Taxi rank near Baragwanath hospital



Pedestrian cross, over Old Potch freeway passing through the Taxi rank
and Baragwanath hospital



Soweto Highway heading to Johannesburg past the Soccer City stadium
(home of the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals).



Mine dumps in Soweto , Soweto highway again heading to Joburg. Below is N1 motorway
from Bloemfontein (Judicial capital) to Pretoria (Administrative capital) on western bypass.


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Old December 13th, 2006, 03:47 AM   #5
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double posted the Rush hour traffic section

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Old December 13th, 2006, 03:49 AM   #6
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Port Elizabeth (PE), the Detroit of South Africa (most of the auto manufacturers are in PE including , Volkswagen, and recently Hummer). Nearby East London also boosts manufacturers like Daimler Chrysler who manufactures the Mercedes C-Class.

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Dont mess with one of these animals, i nearly hit one at night 2 years ago en route to Joburg from my home town.


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Old December 13th, 2006, 03:50 AM   #7
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long and winding roads was double posted

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Old December 13th, 2006, 03:50 AM   #8
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Cape Town's dead-end highway

Odd ones as well, This highway never got completed, the exact reason appears to be now part of an urban legend.
When i was a student in Cape Town i heard varying stories but they ranged from:-

- the chief engineer, missed the connection of both ends by a wide inch, so they could not finish it
- there was some who said that there was a financial scandal around the construction of this highway
- lately i heard some people say someone built a shop in front of the highway and refused to move!!







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Almost home in Pretoria after nearly 1500 km from Cape Town


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Old December 13th, 2006, 03:52 AM   #9
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long and winding roads

Worcester, just outside cape town, home of vine yards and South African wines













Cape Town winter can be really nasty, watch out for accidents,
This is Ceres, lots of vine yards and wineries as well, just outside Cape Town



Highway under construction, N3 to Durban getting some extra lanes



Typical signage of roads that are under construction



R44 from Cape Town to Wellington (Northern Cape province) via Strand,
Stellebosch and Elsenburg, long drive..good luck.



Just outside Musina, the last town before the Zimbabwean border post,
about 200 kms from my home town Polokwane



Old Du Toit's tunnel, been replaced by Huguenot Tunnel close to Cape Town



Mantagu, on the N15 in Western Cape headed towards Eastern Cape



Gen. Hertzog steel road bridge in Orange Free State province



Road and Railway lines heading down from Sir Lowry's Pass toward Cape Town



Toll gates on SA highways, gates range from 3 up to 10 depending on how
busy the road is.



Most highways typically have gas stations on either side every so often

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Old December 13th, 2006, 03:59 AM   #10
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Guys, i have tried my best to guess where some of the roads are, but i would appreciate some help or corrections where i got it wrong.
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Old December 13th, 2006, 06:56 AM   #11
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You have double posted many of the pics, but Excellent thread. Ive always been looking for road pics of SA.
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Old December 13th, 2006, 08:53 AM   #12
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Cool thread , fond memories for me in JNB or Cape Town three years ago .......
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Old December 13th, 2006, 10:50 AM   #13
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Facinating. Thanks very much.
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Old December 13th, 2006, 06:35 PM   #14
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This looks like Port Elizabeth

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I dig this road, this is what some guy had to say about this road.

"This is where you get an appreciation for the size of South Africa "

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Old December 13th, 2006, 07:21 PM   #16
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thanks mate. that was a wonderfull post. Sadly the last few ones didnt come out on my computer :-(
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Old December 13th, 2006, 07:44 PM   #17
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[QUOTE=kulani;10854449]
Highway under construction, N3 to Durban getting some extra lanes


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Actually that doesn't look like the N3. That looks more like a street than a motorway. I can't think of any stretch of the N3 that looks like this.

But good pictures!
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Old December 13th, 2006, 07:54 PM   #18
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Nice stuff!!!

But arent daimler crysler in east london not pe?
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Old December 14th, 2006, 06:30 AM   #19
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Quote:
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This looks like Port Elizabeth


It is PE.
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Old December 14th, 2006, 06:42 AM   #20
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an African Traffic Jam...LOL



an old pic of Cape Town's Western Highway near Tokai (M3/5)


Foreshore Elevated Highway: converging point of the N1 & N2 highways.

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