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On ‘TRAC’ for the holiday season

The Festive Season is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year on South African roads, including the N4 Toll Route. With thousands of motorists expected to travel between Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Mozambique between December 2017 and January 2018, Trans African Concessions (TRAC) has ensured that this national highway is geared up to accommodate high traffic volumes.

Traffic on the N4 toll road is expected to peak on the 8th, 15th and 22nd of December and again on the 1st and the 7th to the 9th of January. On these days, as well as throughout the festive season, TRAC’s roadside assistance units, patrol teams and the TRAC 24-hour Helpdesk will be on full alert in both South Africa and Mozambique in a bid to keep the road as safe as possible and promptly attend to accidents, incidents and emergencies.

On peak traffic days our response units, together with emergency services such as the SAPS, paramedics, Fire and Rescue and Provincial Traffic, will be deployed to strategic points along the route – namely Bronkhorstspruit, Middelburg, Milly’s, Mbombela (Nelspruit) and Matola Weigbhbridge (Mozambique) – to enhance incident/accident support.

Heavy traffic is again expected en route to the Lebombo Border Post in Komatipoort and therefore TRAC will again work closely with the Lebombo Border Control Operational Coordinating Committee (BCOCC) and Ressano Garcia Border officials by assisting with traffic management measures. TRAC will assist through the provision of several logistical requirements and with the distribution of traffic control information flyers to motorists.

All construction on the N4 toll road will be on hold during the construction sector’s annual leave period which is scheduled from 15 December 2017 to 12 January 2018. The permanent Stop/Go’s on Section 6 (Elandsvalley) and Section 16 (between Ressano Garcia and Moamba Plaza) will be reduced to one per section on 8 December, and completely removed on the 15th of the month until contractors return to site in January 2018. To enhance safety and regulate traffic flow, line markings and other infrastructural and road safety elements, will be put in place at some of these sections.

The safety and well-being of the users of N4 Toll Route is TRAC’s primary concern and we urge everyone using our beautiful road this holiday season to make full use of this initiative by calling the TRAC Helpdesk on 0800 87 22 64 for quick, effective assistance to any problem. We further encourage road users to stay up to date with what is happening on the road throughout the Festive Season by following us on Twitter @TRACN4route or visiting our website at www.tracn4.co.za.

Road safety is our concern, celebrating life is our priority!

TRAC N4 Toll Route – More Than Just A Road

Enquiries

Solange Soares-Nicholson

Communications Officer

Assunto: Reabilitação da EN4 atrasada no troço Ressano-Moamba

A reabilitação da EN4 entre a fronteira de Ressano Garcia e o cruzamento da Moamba está actualmente com um atraso de dois meses por vários motivos operacionais do empreiteiro. As obras iniciaram-se em Fevereiro deste ano e tinham a sua conclusão prevista para o mês de Dezembro 2017, mas a execução deverá agora transitar para o próximo ano.

 

No entanto, a partir de 14 de Dezembro de 2017, os postos de cedência de mesma faixa de rodagem para carros em sentidos opostos, mais conhecidos por “Stop & Go”, serão retirados para dar espaço ao escoamento do intenso movimento do final do ano. A reabilitação vai ser retomada em meados de Janeiro 2018.

 

Há ainda trabalhos dentro da fronteira, melhoria de sistemas de drenagens das águas pluviais na vila de Ressano Garcia e reabilitação das pontes rodoviárias e de passagens superiores para agricultura, onde as intervenções incidem mais nos apoios, juntas de dilatação e corrimões.

 

Tendo em conta que as obras criam embaraços aos utentes da EN4, reiteramos o apelo a compreensão de todos na garantia de que quando os trabalhos forem concluídos terão uma estrada com melhores condições de circulação e de segurança rodoviária. Para eventuais esclarecimentos, queira por favor contactar a Trans African Concessions (TRAC), concretamente o director do Centro de Manutenção de Maputo pelos seguintes telefones: 21751611 ou 823279660. Pode ainda usar o e-mail: fmazive@tracn4.co.mz.

Upgrades and rehabilitation works continue

The upgrade and rehabilitation of certain sections of the N4 Toll Route are progressing well and Trans African Concessions (TRAC) is confident that the road works being undertaken will further cement this cross-border route as one of the best highways in Africa.

 

Expansion and rehabilitation work between the Highveld and OR Tambo Interchanges commenced in April 2017 and comprises expansion of this section into a six (6)-lane carriageway. Roadworks for this R290-million project are being done in the median, between km 19 and km 31 and will also include the widening of eight (8) bridges, pavement rehabilitation as well as ancillary works such as guardrails and drainage upgrades.

 

Despite the extensive roadworks, traffic has not been, and is unlikely to be, severely disrupted as two lanes (with deviations) will be operational throughout the upgrade. Road users are however reminded that long-term day closures are currently in place and may result in minor delays.

 

Another section of the TRAC N4 toll road under construction is the section between Malaga Hotel and Montrose intersection in Elands Valley. This project, which also started in April 2017, will see five (5) kilometres of passing lanes added and extensive rehabilitation work being done to 23 kilometres of pavement. Widening of culverts and bridges as well as ancillary works also form part of this initiative. Due to the topography of the section, permanent Stop/Go’s have been operational since the start of the project, and are expected to remain in place until its completion. The average stoppage time at each Stop/Go (currently there are three) is approximately 30 minutes. Schoemanskloof can be used as an alternative route.

 

Roadworks between Hectorspruit and Komatipoort will be concluding by the end of this month where after minor works will be completed. No Stop/Go’s are anticipated and we plan to open the completed sections to traffic in order to minimise delays.

 

TRAC’s extensive upgrades on the Mozambican side of the N4 Toll Route are also ongoing. The scope of work between Ressano Garcia and Moamba includes the rehabilitation of the road and six (6) bridges, including the Moamba Interchange. Two permanent Stop/Go’s are currently in effect and delays of approximately 15 minutes can be expected. The project is expected to be in the first quarter of 2018. 

 

The upgrade of the N4 in Maputo, also referred to as MDC Sections 19 and 20, is running smoothly. This project includes comprehensive roadworks between the Shoprite Centre Intersection in Matola and the 16 of June Circle in Maputo. It further includes the construction of two (2) additional lanes (one in each direction) which in turn will result in a six (6)-lane carriageway in this section. 

 

The rehabilitation of the pavement and the widening of seven (7) structures will also form part of the construction works which are estimated to be concluded at the end of 2018. Given that this is the busiest section of the entire N4 Toll Route managed by TRAC, there will be no lane closures, however, lane deviations and partial closure of intersections will require speed restrictions as part of the safety measures. The latter may affect traffic flow, especially during peak times.

 

The BIC Intersection is currently partially closed to accommodate Phase 1 of the project. The closure has resulted in the following traffic flow limitations:

  1. a) Road users coming from the direction of Cinema 700 or from the old Matola road are unable to cross the N4.
  2. b) Road users traveling westbound (from Maputo/Shoprite) are unable to turn right. Median works have eliminated slow lane shoulders with        lane additions to start shortly. Traffic will be diverted to the completed median works to accommodate the lane additions and rehabilitation works. 

 

Enquiries

Solange Soares Nicholson

Communications Manager

Tel:         +2713 755 3316 (switchboard)

N4 Toll Route affected by protest action

The N4 Toll Route near eMalahleni has been severely affected by ongoing service delivery protests in the last few weeks. During the last couple of months, the hotspot for these protests remains between the Highveld Wakefield Kromdraai Intersection and the Mathews Phosa Intersection where unruly protestors have taken to the highway to express their anger by damaging public and private property.

 

Protestors have blockaded the N4 toll road, overturned trucks and pelted vehicles driving on our road with rocks. This modus operandi is used country wide by protestors and politicians and local authorities are not successful in attending to issues giving rise to the protest actions, or in deploying preventative actions.

 

Despite respecting the right to peaceful protests, as per the South African constitution, TRAC condemns the violent behaviour demonstrated by the protestors which has not only resulted in damages to property but has also put our staff and contractors’ staff at risk and has had adverse consequences on our road rehabilitation project in the area.

 

As the concessionaires of the N4 Toll Route, TRAC has no law enforcement authority on this national highway and relies on law enforcement agencies to take control in such situations. On receiving notification of such incidents (or the possibility thereof) we immediately alert the relevant authorities and also dispatch our TRACAssist and Accident Response teams to the scene in order to close off the affected area in a bid to keep road users safe.

 

Although TRAC has done everything possible in alerting the police about these violent protest actions, the interventions by the police are often reactive in nature as these illegal protests have now become more frequent and sporadic. 

 

While this situation persists, and until the protestors and the entities they are dissatisfied with have resolved their difference, TRAC urges road users to avoid this area and opt to use the following alternative routes to reach their destinations:

Westbound

* After Middelburg Plaza take the N12 at the N4/N12 split and take the Balmoral off ramp which leads to the N4 Balmoral Interchange.

Eastbound

* Take the Balmoral Interchange off ramp and turn right over the highway, from where you can join the N12 which joins the N4 just before the Middelburg Plaza.

 

We also urge law enforcement authorities to be on full alert during this time and apologise to our road users for any inconvenience caused and commit to continue putting their safety first in such situations.

 

 

Enquiries

Solange Soares Nicholson

Communications Manager

TRAC enhances local sports as it sponsors another remarkable soccer tournament.

The Sukamani Sidlale Soccer Tournament has become a popular competition in the community of Matsulu in Mpumalanga since it was launched in 2007. The annual tournament was launched as a way of giving back to the community and has since its inception attracted football fans not only from Matsulu but also from surrounding communities. Noting the possibilities of the event, TRAC has become actively involved as a sponsoring partner.

Final
Date: Sunday 27 August 2017
Venue: Moyeni Soccer Field

14:30 Matsulu Chelsea FC vs Matsulu Santos

 

First Semi Final

Date: Saturday 19 August 2017

Venue: Moyeni Soccer Field

Match  No Time Home Team vs Away Team
25 15:00 Matsulu Chelsea  FC vs Mbombela Real Stars

 

2nd Semi Final

Date: Sunday 20 August 2017

Venue: Moyeni Soccer Field

Match  No Time Home Team vs Away Team
26 15:00 Matsulu Santos FC vs Teenage All Stars

 

Results of the Quarter final dated 12 & 13 August 2017:

Won Team Score Lost Team
Matsulu Santos 3-0 SSS Academy
Teenage All Stars 0(6)-0(5) World Eleven FC
Mbombela Real Stars 1(4)-1(2) Matsulu Seven Stars
Matsulu Chelsea 3-1 Bellas Crew FC

 

Total Stats

Description  Total
Total Matches  played 24
Total Goals Scored 171
Total Red Cards Issued 03
Total yellow cards Issued 34

 

Qualified for Semi Final

Matsulu Santos, Teenage All Stars, Mbombela Real Stars & Matsulu Chelsea  

Leading Top Goal Scorers

Players Name  Players Team Total Goals
Mduduzi Nkosi Teenage All Stars 06
Simphiwe Sambo Matsulu Chelsea 05
Sibusiso Mahlangu Matsulu Santos 03
Bheki Nkosi Mbombela Real Stars 01

 

Red Carded player to miss next match

Players Name  Players Team
Shonisani Akalani   Mbombela Real Stars

 

Nominees for Top Goal Scorer of the Tournament:

Players Name  Players Team Total Goals
Mduduzi Nkosi Teenage All Stars 06
Simphiwe Sambo Matsulu Chelsea 05
Sibusiso Mahlangu Matsulu Santos 03
Bheki Nkosi Mbombela Real Stars 01

Nominees for Player of the Tournament

Players Name  Players Team
Mduduzi Nkosi Teenage All Stars
Simphiwe Sambo Matsulu Chelsea
Sibusiso Mahlangu Matsulu Santos
Bheki Nkosi Mbombela Real Stars
Mabaso Welcome Mbombela Real Stars
Penuel Mthethwa Matsulu Chelsea
Chabangu Trinity Teenage All Stars
Thandanani  Nkosi Matsulu Santos

Nominees for Coach of the Tournament

Name of Coach  Coaches’  Team
Lucky Zwane Mbombela Real Stars
Slackie Masilela Matsulu Chelsea
Mduduzi Kunene Matsulu Santos
Aubrey Nkosi Teenage All Stars

Nominees for Goalkeeper of the Tournament

Players Name  Players Team
Jabulani Mathebula Teenage All Stars
Surprise Mahumane Matsulu Chelsea
Marks Shabangu Matsulu Santos
Welcome Mabaso Mbombela Real Stars

 

Program of Action

Description  Dates &Total
Total Participating Teams 28
Semi-final Draw Sunday 13  August 2017
1st Semi final Saturday 19 August 2017
2nd Semi Final Sunday 20 August 2017
Losers final Saturday 26 August 2017
Final Sunday 27 August 2017
Venues Matsulu A & Matsulu B
Trophy Presentation 27 August 2017