TRAC ready for Festive Season traffic

The accident on the R538 between Hazyview and Komatipoort. Photo: Supplied

HECTORSPRUIT – One person died and three others injured during a head-on collision in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A bakkie and minibus crashed on the N4 between the Impala Station turn-off and Hectorspruit, resulting in the death of the minibus driver and the injury of three occupants of the bakkie.

Several other accidents were reported in the Lowveld over the weekend, the worst on the R538 between White River and Hazyview.

Eleven people died after the minibus they were travelling in crashed into three cows and burst into flames. Four people, including the driver, survived the crash and have since been discharged from hospital.

Motorists are urged to drive extra carefully, especially in rural areas where cattle wander in or near the road, as well as after dark or in misty or rainy conditions.

Thousands of motorists will be travelling on the N4 through Nkomazi over the festive season, and TRAC is gearing up to accommodate the increased traffic.

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Expected peak days will be December 8, 15, 22 and January 1 and 7 to 9.

TRAC’s roadside assistance units, patrol teams and the 24-hour helpdesk will be on full alert in both South Africa and Mozambique.

During peak times the response units and emergency services will be deployed at Bronkhorstspruit, Middelburg, Milly’s, Mbombela and the Matola Weighbridge in Mozambique as extra incident and accident support.

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Heavy traffic is once again expected on the way to the Lebombo Border Post in Komatipoort. Like every year during peak times, TRAC will be working with Ressano Garcia Border Post officials and the Lebombo Border Control Operational Coordinating Committee to manage traffic. They will help with logistical requirements and distribute traffic control flyers to motorists.

Road construction will be put on hold between December 15 and January 12, with stop-and-gos being removed during that time. Some road-safety measures will replace them in certain sections.

For road assistance or to report accidents, contact the TRAC helpdesk; 0800-87-22-64 or stay up to date with the latest on N4 news on twitter @TRACN4Route and

Retha Nel

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