Large crowds of holiday-makers descend to KZN

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Large crowds of holiday-makers have descended on KwaZulu-Natal’s famous beaches to spend their Easter holidays.

Traffic volumes on the N3 highway towards Durban peaked at more than 1,500 vehicles per hour as motorists rush to their destinations for the Easter holidays, the N3 Toll Concession said on Friday.

At 09h10, traffic volumes heading south at Mooi Plaza were 1,690 vehicles while going north were 870 vehicles per hour, 1,540 going south and 630 going north at Tugela Plaza, while 1,540 were going south and 630 were going north at Wilge Plaza.

The roadblock is one in a series planned for the Easter long weekend in educating road users on road safety as well as general safety issues, and checking vehicles for compliance and traffic violations.

The weather service has predicted partly cloudy conditions in the province with scattered thunder showers.

“ We are expecting mainly partly cloudy to cloudy conditions and there is a 60% to probability of showers and thunder showers of the extreme parts of KZN – otherwise some 30% of showers expected in the north-eastern parts of KZN where we don’t expect any precipitation today (Friday) . Then tomorrow (Saturday) there will still be some showers and thundershowers expected mainly in the afternoon although areas along the coast might get some light rain in the morning as well. Going for 60% of showers on the western part of KZN and then 30% chance in other parts,” says Forecaster Wiseman Dlamini.

Transport Minister Blade Nzimande has expressed concern over the spike of fatal road crashes involving public transport.

15 people are now known to have died when a taxi overturned near Greytown in KwaZulu Natal on Thursday night.

On the 28th of March another thirteen people, including three children, died and more than fifty others were injured in a bus crash at Satansnek between Ngcobo and Elliot in the Eastern Cape.  Additional reporting by ANA