Port Alfred, 12 December 2017: A section of the new road between Port Alfred and the Great Fish River in the Eastern Cape has been completed, the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) announced today.
The section from Kleinemonde to the Great Fish River was opened to traffic last week and the section from the Riet River to Kleinemonde will open this week.
“Now that this section of the new construction is complete, traffic will be diverted onto completed sections of the road before the December recess. Work on the portion of the old road will then commence in early January next year.
Road users are reminded that although this is a new section of road that was opened, construction will take place in close proximity to the road. In addition to construction speed limits, there will be a solid line painted and no passing signs erected. Road users are encouraged to exercise due care when driving on the new sections.”
“There were some delays due to unknown services that had to be relocated. Roadworks and work on the new stormwater system are in progress from Atherstone Street to Gluckman Drive, as well as between Pascoe Avenue and the Marina Entrance and the new sidewalk has started in front of Port Alfred High School. The resurfacing of the new roadway will start in the first quarter of 2018. All open trenches will be made safe before the contractor closes for the December recess and a maintenance team will be on standby to attend to traffic accommodation and other eventualities”, Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager said.
“The completed works will include climbing lanes to ease slow moving traffic, an underground storm water system, sidewalks, kerbing, traffic lights and street lights which will be to the benefit of all residents.
Residents of Port Alfred and motorists are requested to please be patient and aware of road signs, speed restrictions and other safety measures while construction takes place in town. Allow for extra travel time, as traffic controls will be in place,” he added.
“This upgrade includes the construction of two 3.7m driving lanes, with auxiliary (climbing) lanes, and a surfaced shoulder on both sides of the new road. The new geometric design of the road has made the upgraded road safer for motorists” Peterson concluded.
Trade Invest Africa, a division of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), invites companies to apply to participate in an Outward Trade and Investment Mission to Ghana and Nigeria, which is scheduled to take place from 19-23 March 2018.
The mission aims to increase bilateral trade and investment between South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria, and is an ideal platform for South African companies looking for investment opportunities or to export value-added products and services.
The target sectors for this mission include:
Agriculture: agro-processing, food industry, agribusiness
Cosmetics and pharmaceuticals
Furniture and wood processing
Infrastructure: roads and rail, bridges, ports, built environment professionals
Steel fabrication and steel tubing
Mining and capital equipment
Companies will be screened and selected in line with EMIA guidelines and market requirements.
the dti will provide approved companies with the following:
A subsistence allowance of R2 300 per day
An economy class return airfare to a maximum of R17 000
Companies that are not eligible for EMIA funding are welcome to participate in these missions at their own expense.
Companies applying for EMIA funding for this mission need to complete and submit the EMIA application form as well as the supporting documentation to:
Attention: Ms Nnono Kekane
Utangamiri – the dti Group House,
Building A: Ground Floor
77 Meintjies Street
The closing date for receipt of application forms is 14 December 2017. All applications are to be hand-delivered
or couriered. No e-mailed applications will be considered.
For any enquiries pertaining to applications, the sector and/or event, please contact:
EMIA application enquiries:
Ms Nnono Kekane
Telephone: 012 394 5970
Trade Facilitation enquiries:
Mr Mpho Jonas
Telephone: 012 394 3708
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Port Elizabeth, 4 December, 2017: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that controlled blasting is scheduled for tomorrow (5 December) on National Route 2 Section 13 between Grahamstown and the Fish River, weather permitting.
The blasts will occur at various places along the N2, between Km 81 and Km 92, approximately 25 km to 30 km to the north-east of Grahamstown.
Blasting will take place between 2pm and 4:30pm and the road will be closed for approximately one- hour during this time.
Motorists are advised to plan their trips accordingly. SANRAL apologies for any inconvenience caused.