- National Roads in South Africa
The National Road System is a network of
highways that links all the major population centers in South Africa. The system was mostly built by the Apartheidgovernment during the 1970s, although construction of new roads and repairs of existing stretches continue today. The system was modeled on the United States Interstate Highwaynetwork, an idea first brought into effect by US President Dwight D. Eisenhowerduring the 1950s, based on the German Autobahn, which he experienced when touring Germany after the Second World War.
Currently proclaimed roads
National Roads are designated with the letter N followed by a number indicating the specific route. On signs national roads are shown by a
pentagonwith the number of the road inside.
Cape Town— Beit Bridge(the border post to Zimbabwe, becomes the A4/A6): via Laingsburg, Beaufort West, Colesberg, Bloemfontein, Kroonstad, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Polokwaneand Musina.
Cape Town— Ermelo: via the Garden Route, Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown, Bisho, East London, Mthatha, Kokstad, Port Shepstone, Durban, Empangeni, Pongolaand Piet Retief.
Johannesburg— Durban: via Pietermaritzburgand Harrismith.
* N4: Lebombo — Skilpadshek (the border posts to
Mozambiqueand Botswana, respectively): via Nelspruit, Witbank, Pretoriaand Rustenburg.
Winburg— Harrismith: via Bethlehem.
* N6: East London —
Bloemfontein: via Queenstown and Aliwal North.
Cape Town— Vioolsdrif(border post to Namibia, becomes B1 to Windhoek): via Malmesbury and Springbok.
Upington— MaseruBridge (border post to Lesotho): via Kimberley, Bloemfonteinand Ladybrand.
* N9: George —
Colesberg: via Graaf-Reinetand Middelburg.
Port Elizabeth— Nakop(border post to Namibia, becomes B3): via Cradock, Middelburg, De Aar, Prieskaand Upington.
* N11: Ladysmith — Grobler's Bridge (border post to
Botswana): via Newcastle, Volksrust, Ermelo, Middelburg and Polokwane.
* N12: George —
Witbank: via Oudtshoorn, Beaufort West, Kimberley, Christiana, Klerksdorpand Potchefstroom.
* N14: Springbok, —
Pretoria: via Upington, Kuruman, Vryburg, Krugersdorpand Centurion, Gauteng.
* N15: Worcester —
Swellendam: via Robertson.
* N17: Alberton —
Oshoek(border post to Swaziland, becomes M3): via Springs, Bethaland Ermelo.
* N18: Warrenton — Ramatlabama (border post to Botswana): via Vryburg and Mafikeng.
* N21 / Peninsula Expressway: A proposed ring road that will involve upgrading the R300 running parallel to the N7 through Bellville into a toll road connecting the West Coast to
Muizenberg. See Peninsula Expressway, Cape Town.
* R62: Ashton — Humansdorp (touted as the longest wine route in the world, and runs through Oudtshoorn, parallel to the N2 but inland, along a two-lane road to Ladismith, Robertson, Barrydale, then up to Worcester, crosses the N1, to Tulbagh. It is being promoted as a
* Durban Transportation
Trans-African Highway network
* [http://www.nra.co.za/ The National Roads Agency]
* [http://www.peninsula-expressway.org.za/ The Peninsula Expressway]
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