19 March 2019

South Africa: N2 Wild Coast Toll Road Will Be a Catalyst for Sustained Development


There is no connection between the Wild Coast road project and mining, and small businesses in the area have indicated their support for the initiative.

The opening sentence of Tony Carnie's recent opinion piece on the N2 Wild Coast road project can be nothing more than clickbait. It is incorrect.

The Wild Coast road was first proposed in the 1970s by the apartheid government but shelved due to a lack of funds.

The project was placed back on the agenda when SANRAL was established in 1998.

Minerals that may or may not be mined were discovered decades later with mining rights awarded to Transworld Energy and Minerals (TEM) in 2008 - a decade after the decision to go ahead with the road. There is no connection between the two projects.

In any case, the decision to go ahead was not taken by SANRAL, but the Presidential Infrastructure Co-ordinating Committee (PICC).

In the past decade, there was much debate as to how this project will be funded. The PICC resolved this by providing full funding for the project from the fiscus. This means that there are no loans to be repaid through raising tolls.

There will be just two toll plazas...

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