60% of SA roads are in poor condition: report

File: South Africa has the world's 10th longest paved road network in the world.

File: The old Middelburg road (R555) is a road feared by many and with good reason.


PRETORIA - Over 60 percent of South Africa's roads are in a bad state.

This emerged at a Transport Forum, where industry players met to discuss a funding policy.

Naturally, the controversial e-toll system was also debated.

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South Africa has the world’s 10th longest paved road network in the world. 

The cost to replace what's ageing and not maintained is piling up.

Speaking at the Transport Forum, government officials say we have a vast road network of about 750,000 kilometres. 

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Economist Mike Schussler said in 2013 R2-trillion was needed for fixing roads.

"If you were to think about fixing it in 10 years, it's R200-billion a year," he said.

"To put that into context, that's more than a Medupi every year that you have to finance."


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