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17 December 2011

SAWDIS Holiday Alert 2011/2012

Big delays on N1

As the holiday rush gets into full swing, traffic officials are warning motorists about big delays on the N1 highway between Bloemfontein and Colesberg.

They said the delay was caused by road works in the area.

Motorists said their travels were delayed by over two hours.

Earlier on Friday, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said the N3 highway from Johannesburg to Durban remained the busiest route.

Some 2,200 cars passed through the Mooi River Plaza every hour.

Meanwhile, RTMC's Ashraf Ismail appealed to motorist to be patient with traffic officials.

“Motorists are being abusive and are swearing at our traffic officers. Please cooperate with them because they are there for everyone’s safety."


Crash videos create awareness

WESTERN CAPE NEWS - Western Cape Minister of Transport and Public Works, Robin Carlisle has released the second round of Crash Witness Campaign videos, which can be viewed at

The videos form part of Minister Carlisle's Safely Home Campaign.

Crash Witness brings real CCTV footage of road traffic crashes to the public via the website.

More than 25 000 people visited the site to watch the videos following last week's launch.

"The response from the public in e-mails sent to us at, and comments made on our website, has been phenomenal and 98% positive in support of the campaign," said Carlisle.
"We are considering extending the campaign beyond the Festive Season."

Anyone intending to view the videos is reminded that they contain graphic content.

- Knysna/Plett Herald

Air Zimbabwe halts SA flights

Stranded Air Zimbabwe passengers have various alternatives, Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) confirmed on Friday.

Earlier in December, the debt-strapped airline had one of its planes seized in London because it owed US$1 million (R8 million) to an American company.

Air Zimbabwe also owes around US$500,000 (R4 million) to a South African handling company.

While attempting to secure funds to settle this debt, it suspended flights to South Africa.

ACSA’s Solomon Mogale said there are alternatives for affected passengers.

“There are three local operators SA Airlink, South African Airways and Comair that fly to Zimbabwe."

It is not yet clear when the carrier will resume flights to South Africa.