Limpopo road users have been urged to exercise patience as traffic volumes are expected to increase from Thursday leading to Easter Weekend. The five-day easter weekend travel period is characterised by spikes in road use with most road users travelling for holidays, family gatherings, and religious purposes.

The most critical routes with high traffic volumes are the N1 from Maubane to Beitbridge. R101 Pienaarsrivier to Polokwane, N11 Marble Hall to Lephalale. R510 Bela-Bela to Thabazimbi, R37 Polokwane to Burgersfort. R579 From Apel Cross to Moratiwa complex, R71 Polokwane to Phalaborwa, R81 Polokwane to Giyani. R524 Makhado to Kruger National Park, R521 Polokwane to Dendron, R523 Wyllispoort to Sibasa, R40 Between Phalaborwa and Orpenhek, and the R36 from Tzaneen to Tunnel Plaza.

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Meanwhile, MEC for Transport and Community Safety, Florence Radzilani launched the 2024 Easter Road Safety Campaign on Tuesday.

The campaign includes a road safety education and law enforcement plan that is intended to co-ordinate and harmonize road traffic enforcement plans across provincial and municipal authorities. To provide a seamless, day-by-day thematic focus for maximum impact and reaction.

MEC Radzilani highlighted that the province is looking forward to high traffic volumes, as the various congregants will be heading to their various pilgrimages, throughout many parts of the province.

“We shall be deploying a systematic methodology, of placing our road safety and traffic officers at strategic points. To ensure a constant presence, on all the identified spots which are known for accidents,” she said.

Traffic volumes expected to increase on Limpopo Major roads ahead of Easter Weekend
Limpopo N1 traffic

HIGH TRAFFIC VOLUMES EXPECTED IN LIMPOPO AHEAD OF EASTER WEEKEND

“Together with the South African Police Services, we shall be conducting a series of road safety operations, throughout the province. As we launch an onslaught on drunken driving, and many other traffic offenses, on the road. We are going to be merciless on overloading, unroadworthy vehicles, and many other traffic transgressions during this period.

“Those who will be undertaking longer trips during this period must observe occasional rests. Ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy to avoid crashes. Drivers must be patient and tolerate others, especially at toll gates along the N1,” added MEC Radzilani.

“We urge pedestrians to wear visible clothing when walking during the night and avoid drinking and walking. Road fatalities do not only rob families of their loved ones, but they also cut short the lives of bread winners. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility. Let us all arrive alive.”