Jan 31, 2023

Mawazo Writing Africa

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N4 Elandsvalley route closed for cleanup as shutdown protest hits KZN

The #NationalShutdown protest has been moved to KwaZulu-Natal as local media reports roads are blocked by trucks on the R34 John Ross Highway under the N2 bridge and Melomed.

< span>Trucks and taxi associations protest sharp rise in fuel costs.

Fuel prices rose by 2.37 R/l for 93 octane petrol and R2.57/l for 95 octane. Diesel increased by 2.31 R/l (0.05% sulphur) and 2.30 R/l (0.005% sulphur).

On Wednesday, the protest hit the N4 route from Komatipoort to Mbombela, formerly Nelspruit, which connects the city to Mozambique. Fearing that the protests could continue for a second day, shops in the town closed as a precaution on Thursday.

On Thursday morning the road in Elandsvalley was still closed for cleaning work after the protests. A backhoe was used.

Solange Soares, spokeswoman for the Trans African Concessions (TRAC), which oversees the route from Tshwane to Maputo, said there were no further reports of protest actions and the Road was clear.

There was an accident between Karino and Mabalel and a stationary truck between Kanyamazane and Matsulu, “but the road is open and traffic is flowing smoothly”.

< p>According to several local KwaZulu-Natal media sites, the R34 is still closed.

East Coast Radio is reporting road closures on the R34 between Greytown and Dundee at the R33 Keates drifting due to protests.

According to TrafficSA, routes around the Kruger National Park were also affected by protests.< /p>

Meanwhile The South African Trade Union Confederation has called a meeting in Boksburg, Gauteng for Thursday.Saftu intends to announce its plans f For a #NationalShutdown in protest against rising fuel, food and interest costs, load shedding, austerity, privatization, crime and the “Job Bloodbath”.

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