“We need to know how a toll road develops people. Where in the world has a toll road ever developed people?” Her Majesty Masobhuza Sigcau, Queen of Eastern Mp
In 2001 a consortium of engineering companies put in an unsolicited bid to build a tolled extension to the N2 between Port Edward and East London. This includes upgrading existing sections of the N2, building a new “greenfields” section between Port Edward and Lusikisiki and two multi billion rand mega bridges over the Msikaba and Mtentu gorges.
Government and supporters of the highway say it will create jobs, open the area up for
Amadiba coastal residents have clearly stated that they do not want the road to be routed through their land. While the road may bring some benefit to an area that suffers from poor maintenance of existing roads, the negative impacts of the road (such as ribbon development, loss of farming and grazing lands, moving of graves, social disruption and environmental damage) will far outweigh any positive ones. A
The Environmental Authorisation for the Toll Road was legally challenged in 2013, and the case finally heard in December 2018 after numerous efforts by SANRAL to prevent it being heard. The challenge was dismissed in early 2019, but this judgement is presently being appealed. Repeated requests have been made to SANRAL that the northernmost section of the highway be rerouted further inland to where residents are in favour of the highway. SANRAL continues to insist on the present route which in some places is less than 3km from the coast.
It is clear that the toll road will enable the proposed mining.
“The new N2 Toll road does not satisfy our needs. It satisfies the needs for mining, and because we have rejected the mining, we definitely do not want it now.” – Sikhosiphi Bazooka Radebe – Chairperson of Amadiba Crisis Committee assassinated in 2016. More on the murder of Bazooka Radebe
Articles and footage regarding resistance to the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road Project:
Short summary of why the highway should be rerouted out of Xolobeni – January 2019
50/50 Update on the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road – July 2018
Dennis Webster reports on Austrian contractor, Strabag
Tony Carnie explores the question of whether the N2 Wild
On April 6
50/50 covered the controversial story of the N2 Wild Coast project way back in 2011 – October 2011https://youtu.be/_kCxCVVdS4M
Nonhle Mbuthuma and Sinegugu Zukulu on why legal action is needed against the road – December 2011https://youtu.be/r9tCgaYu-uM