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Why are South Africa's roads so bad? An engineer explains…

25 January 2022 1:29 PM
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Potholes
Road network
roads
Discovery Insure
Lester Kiewit
The Morning Review
Andrew Laatz
Kgodiso Mokonyane
Annelie Retief
Dial Direct Insurance

Lester Kiewit interviews engineer Andrew Laatz, Kgodiso Mokonyane (Discovery Insure) and Annelie Retief (Dial Direct Insurance).

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

But it’s not great.

In most parts of South Africa, the average quality of road surfaces has dropped significantly over the past two decades due to insufficient maintenance and other, less obvious reasons.

So, what’s causing deteriorating road conditions in South Africa?

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Lester Kiewit interviewed road engineer Andrew Laatz (scroll up to listen).

Laatz explained how our roads are built and how and why they deteriorate over time.

He also spoke with Kgodiso Mokonyane (Discovery Insure) and Annelie Retief (Dial Direct Insurance).

A pothole-fixing initiative by Dial Direct and Discovery Insure has filled more than 2500 potholes since 2021.




25 January 2022 1:29 PM
Tags:
Potholes
Road network
roads
Discovery Insure
Lester Kiewit
The Morning Review
Andrew Laatz
Kgodiso Mokonyane
Annelie Retief
Dial Direct Insurance

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