KwaZulu-Natal Freight Databank

This Data Bank provides one with information about authorities within the province, industries, air freight, ports, cross border, rail and roads sectors in the KZN. The statistics will provide you with detailed information about the movements of freight in the province.  (Last Updated : 2013)

Roads Overview

 

 

The total length of roads in KwaZulu-Natal is 25,600 km. This includes 1,147 km of the road network in the eThekwini Metro area and 1,138 km of national routes. 6,656 km are surfaced and 18,943 km are gravel.

The main national routes are the N3 (Durban to Gauteng), N2 South (Durban to Kokstad) and the N2 North (Durban to Pongola). The N3 to Gauteng is the busiest road freight corridor in South Africa, carrying a volume of over 1.5 million vehicles per year on the Durban to Pietermaritzburg section. The authorities charged with the maintenance of provincial roads face the continual challenge of maintaining the condition of roads with limited funds, in spite of increasing usage.

The combined effect of national policies of deregulation of road transport, commercialisation of rail, increased legal axle-mass loads and gross combination mass of heavy vehicles has resulted in a continual shift of cargo from rail to road transport. This results in an increase in road damage, accidents, congestion and gas emissions.

The situation is aggravated by endemic overloading of heavy vehicles which, though better controlled in KZN than the rest of the country, has negative consequences for the life of the roads in the province.

The cumulative effects of increasing road usage and accumulated deficits in the funding of road maintenance are felt by all road users in terms of increased vehicle operating costs. The deteriorating condition of roads in KwaZulu-Natal is a cause for grave concern as it contributes to rising costs, inflation and increasing accident rates. It is noteworthy that the Department has in recent years, placed considerable emphasis on the development of roads in remote rural areas and is in the process of upgrading several major provincial roads such as the P700 route to Ulundi and the P496 John Ross Highway from Empangeni to Richards Bay .

It will in the near future be critically necessary to reassess the provision of road infrastructure between the N3 corridor and the Port of Durban as increasing congestion and delays are having a negative impact on the efficiency of the logistics system surrounding the port.

 

Road Infrastructure

The Department continually monitors the condition of roads throughout the province for the purpose of planning, maintenance and reconstruction. In 2006, approximately 60 % of the paved road network was measured by "road roughness testing", dynamic cone penetration (DCP) and evaluation of skid resistance.

The Departmental technical centre also conducted research with a view to locating mapping and evaluating material sources for road building in the province. A number of material sources have been tested for suitability.

The Department continues to use the bridge management software programme developed by the CSIR to manage 1,610 bridges and 2,008 culverts in the province. In 2006 a visual inspection of 323 bridges and 267 culverts was conducted.

The department uses the Road Management System (RMS) to provide a scientific basis for evaluating the condition of paved and unpaved road networks. Pavement Management Systems (PMS) and Gravel Road Management Systems (GRMS) are also used.

Introduction to Road Freight

 

 

The road freight corridors of KwaZulu-Natal are some of the busiest routes in South Africa. The N3/N11 corridor between Durban and Gauteng and the interior handles approximately 36 million tons of road freight per annum.

The N2 corridor route from Richards Bay to Mpumalanga via Piet Retief, is an important route for timber, coal and other commodities and handles approximately 13 million tons of road freight per annum.

To the South of Durban, the N2 corridor links KZN to the Eastern Cape and the southern regions of South Africa and handles approximately 5 million tons of road freight per annum.

From the surveys conducted in this project it is apparent that road traffic volumes continue to grow on most routes.

Survey Sites

55 strategic sites for freight surveys were selected. The sites selected cover the major Freight corridors in the KwaZulu-Natal Region.

Methodology

  • Freight surveys ran between sunrise and sunset (generally 12 hr) periods
  • 7 Day Electronic Classified counts were operational during the period of the manual surveys
  • The 7 day counts were used for factoring the results of the manual surveys from 12 hours to 24 hours.
  • Permanent traffic monitoring site data was then used to factor the 24 hour results to annual figures and for determining the annual heavy vehicle growth.
Data collected included
  • Vehicle class (number of axles)
  • Vehicle type (flatbed, tipper etc)
  • Commodity (what the vehicle was carrying). This was not always possible due to tarpaulins covering the load etc.
  • Specific details of car carriers were taken i.e. how many vehicles on the carrier
  • Specific details of container vehicles were taken i.e. how many containers and the sizes.

Vehicle loads (payloads) were determined by using low profile scales and the Gross Combination Mass together with individual axle loads were determined. The sample size of the heavies weighed was largely dependent on the Road Traffic Inspectorate pulling the heavies into the survey zone. In order to determine the payload for each vehicle the Tare mass of the vehicle class was subtracted from the Gross Combination mass.

The results were used for determining:

The payloads
The level of overloading

Detailed reports can be found here

 

Traffic Management Vehicle Weighing

Enforcement of Road Traffic Legislation

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport is tasked with the responsibility for the enforcement of all road traffic and road freight transport legislation in the areas within the jurisdiction of the provincial Road Traffic inspectorate (RTI).

The introduction of the Land Transport Transition Act has placed further responsibility on the Freight Directorate of KZN:DOT to implement the national policies in respect of freight transport in all modes within the province.

The National Road Traffic Act is the basis for the regulation of road traffic and, with the introduction of the Administrative Adjudication Act and the formation of the Road Traffic Management Corporation, the enforcement of road traffic legislation enters a new era.

Annual Overload Report 2012

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Accident Statistics

Statistics for KwaZulu-Natal

In June 2011 the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) published the Annual Report 2010/2011 which provides a comprehensive statistical analysis of road traffic incidents. Other sources of information are AA SA, RAF, Statistics SA and CSIR.

It is estimated that there are 13,800 fatalities nationally per annum and the cost of these road accidents to individuals, commerce, communities and the country is in the region of R158 billion. Every day up to 42 lives are lost on the road network and approximately 17 of these are pedestrians.

In KwaZulu-Natal 2247 fatal vehicle crashes resulted in 2741 fatalities of which 658 were drivers, 922 passengers and 1161 pedestrians. Nationally pedestrians account for more than 35% of fatalities. Approximately 150 people are seriously injured on our roads daily. Approximately 82% of accidents are attributed to the human factor, namely pedestrian and driver negligence, speed and fatigue. The result is a huge cost, both financially and in human suffering.

In 2011, 1,317,363 vehicles were registered in KwaZulu-Natal, excluding light and heavy trailers, caravans and unknown vehicles, which together totalled of 86,090. Trucks exceeding 3,500 tons GVM stood at 48,836, in comparison to the 54,350 in 2010, a decrease of 10.2%.

Research has identified that in the period 1990 – 2011 the motorised vehicle fleet in South Africa has doubled and the number of road fatalities increased by 25%.

According to the RTMC the majority of accidents occur as a result of human error. Major contributory factors are alcohol, non-adherence to traffic rules, exceeding speed limits, reckless, negligent and inconsiderate driving.

Vehicle factors such as defective lights, non-compliant and damaged tyres and sub-standard brakes contribute to approximately 7% of all accidents.

 

 

Source : www.rtmc.co.za

 

 

Executive Summary - 2013

   

 

Site Number and Description

Route / Road

Avg Daily Traffic

Avg Daily Truck Traffic

Annual Avg

% Truck Traffic Growth

Avg % Overloading

Avg Ton / Day

Avg Ton / Year

001 Thornville (R56 Thornville to Pietermaritzburg)

R 56

6 309

551

1.62%

12%

3 332

1 216 304

002 Merrivale (R617 Merrivale to Boston)

R 617

7 462

574

1.38%

15%

3 527

1 287 410

003 Balgowan (R103 Midmar to Nottingham rd)

R 103

4 054

261

-0.22%

10%

2 810

1 025 511

004 Bergville (R74 Sterkfontein to Bergville)

R 74

2 188

167

-4.44%

24%

2 020

737 253

005 Tugela East Toll (N003 Johannesburg to Ladysmith)

N003

1 768

374

1.55%

12%

4 953

1 807 759

006 Roosboom (N003 Harrismith to Escourt)

N003

11 663

4 757

5.92%

5%

70 648

25 786 599

007 Cedara (N003 Hilton to Mooi River)

N003

34 133

6 418

2.90%

6%

82 818

30 228 548

008 Marianhill Toll (N003 Pietermaritzburg to Durban)

N003

31 325

6 039

9.39%

8%

99 023

36 143 410

009 Shongweni (M13 Durban to Pietermaritzburg)

M13

17 734

1 739

-6.65%

12%

16 786

6 126 841

010 Tongaat Toll (N002 Richardsbay to Durban)

N002 N

25 442

2 660

5.29%

15%

33 303

12 155 625

011 Mvoti Toll (N002 Richardsbay to Durban)

N002 N

21 537

2 481

2.93%

15%

30 823

11 250 254

012 Ginginglovu (R66 Eshowe to Dokodweni)

R 66

5 506

859

1.80%

8%

5 380

1 963 706

013 Mtunzini Toll (N002 Richardsbay to Durban)

N002 N

9 340

1 620

2.44%

14%

22 415

8 181 532

014 Enseleni (N002 Mtubatuba to Richardsbay)

N002 N

7 663

1 648

5.93%

23%

19 844

8 691 628

015 Stanger (R74 Blythdale to Greytown)

R 74

9 588

582

8.70%

12%

583

212 868

016 John Ross (R34 Richardsbay to Jon Ross Highway)

R 34

9 805

1 700

12.20%

22%

19 802

8 673 101

017 Brakenham (P231 Richardsbay to Enseleni)

P231

14 978

2 285

20.33%

21%

23 680

8 643 131

018 Nkobida (R618 Nongoma to Mtubatuba)

R 618

6 011

880

27.58%

15%

6 503

2 373 772

019 Kokstad (N002 Kokstad to Mount Ayliff)

N002 S

6 259

887

16.00%

22%

6 607

2 411 485

020 Port Edward (N20 Port Shepstone to Port Edward)

N002 S

8 073

497

-0.81%

16%

2 651

967 752

021 Marburg (N002 Port Shepstone to Harding)

N002 S

14 796

1 386

8.42%

14%

14 671

5 354 781

022 Park Rynie (N002 Port Shepstone to Durban)

N002 S

17 007

1 819

0.42%

13%

20 126

7 345 876

023 Eston (R603 Umbumbulu to Pietermaritzburg)

R 603

2 948

481

4.34%

15%

5 602

2 044 644

024 Underburg (R617 Underburg to Bulwer)

R 617

2 434

379

1.38%

27%

4 273

1 559 499

025 Underburg (R617 Underburg to Kokstad)

R 617

1 873

587

1.38%

22%

5 599

2 408 665

026 Matatiele (R56 Matateile to Kokstad)

R 56

3 564

396

1.38%

20%

3 212

1 172 325

027 Ixopo (R612 Ixopo to Umzinto)

R 612

2 159

327

0.21%

20%

2 426

885 493

028 Donnybrook (R34 Ixopo to Donnybrook)

R 34

2 108

453

0.21%

27%

3 256

1 188 465

029 Staffords Post (R56 Umzimkulu to Richmond)

R 56

2 989

504

28.17%

17%

3 344

1 220 742

030 Umzinto (R612 Umzinto to Park Rynie)

R 612

8 831

627

4.78%

31%

6 274

2 290 056

031 Richmond (R56 Richmond to Ixopo)

R 56

4 695

660

1.62%

29%

5 774

2 107 436

032 Mtunzini (R102 Ginginglovu to Empangeni)

R 102

3 566

299

0.89%

37%

3 217

1 174 287

033 Tongaat (R614 Tongaat to Wartburg)

R 614

4 814

537

8.70%

30%

2 722

993 603

034 Empangeni (R34 Empangeni to Nkwalini)

R 34

5 791

848

1.80%

29%

9 865

3 600 886

035 Pongola (N002 Pongola to Mkuze)

N002 N

4 918

2 180

25.02%

29%

36 124

13 185 087

036 Piet Retief (N002 Piet Retief to Pongola)

N002 N

6 023

1 537

25.02%

32%

30 078

10 978 651

037 Golela (R69 N002 and Golela Border)

R 69

1 069

317

25.02%

28%

4 573

1 669 008

038 Vryheid (R34 Vryheid to Melmoth)

R 34

5 464

1 212

6.64%

34%

11 450

4 179 377

039 Louwsburg (R69 Louwsburg to Vryheid)

R 69

4 273

672

6.64%

19%

6 839

2 496 153

040 Paulpietersburg (R33 Paulpietersburg to Vryheid)

R 33

1 728

194

6.64%

20%

1 612

588 462

041 Nongoma (R618 Nongoma to Vryheid)

R 618

890

108

6.64%

24%

585

213 404

042 Dundee (R33 Dundee to Vryheid)

R 33

4 161

547

5.16%

31%

8 608

3 951 086

043 Louwsburg (R69 Louwsburg to Mkuze)

R 69

1 733

185

25.02%

27%

824

300 809

044 Greytown (R74 Greytown to Weenen)

R 74

2 395

490

17.14%

35%

3 935

1 436 408

045 Kranskop (R74 Kranskop to Greytown)

R 74

2 997

414

17.14%

23%

2 721

993 033

046 Dundee (R33 Dundee to Greytown)

R 33

2 213

252

17.14%

28%

1 294

472 146

047 Wartburg (R614 Wartburg to P6)

R 614

3 628

406

17.14%

31%

3 837

1 400 493

048 New Hanover (R33 New Hanover to Seven Oaks)

R 33

2 375

461

17.14%

28%

4 054

1 479 767

049 Mooi River (R103 Mooi River to Escourt)

R 103

2 037

465

2.53%

27%

3 711

1 354 584

050 Estcourt (R103 Estcourt to Midway)

R 103

5 160

620

7.00%

33%

6 491

2 369 089

051 Pieter's Station (R103 Colenso to Ezakheni)

R 103

2 426

548

2.20%

19%

6 340

2 314 135

052 Dundee (R621 Dundee to Danhauser)

R 621

3 999

614

3.07%

32%

5 001

1 791 713

053 Dundee (R602 Dundee to N11)

R 602

2 715

494

3.07%

18%

5 756

2 100 944

054 Utrecht (R34 Utrecht to Newcastle)

R 34

2 308

356

4.81%

18%

3 452

1 260 038

055 Elandslaagte (N11 Newcastle to Ladysmith)

N11

5 843

113

1.76%

17%

15 234

5 560 498

056 Ladysmith (R103 Ladysmith to Colenso)

R 103

7 402

781

3.00%

16%

8 995

283 204