Ministerial ground breaking ceremony for the R2.4 billion Ashburton Interchange


Ministerial ground breaking ceremony for the R2.4 billion Ashburton Interchange

Pietermaritzburg, 20 April 2023 – The Minister of Transport, Ms Sindisiwe Lydia Chikunga, will be attending a ground breaking ceremony for the Ashburton Interchange at the Msunduzi Municipality on Monday, 24 April 2023. The Minister will be hosted by the Premier of Kwazulu-Natal, Ms Nomusa Dube-Ncube. In addition to the ceremony, the Minister’s itinerary during the visit will include a site inspection, an engagement with contract beneficiaries and a public address to stakeholders affected by the Ashburton Interchange project and other road infrastructure projects within KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

The Ashburton Interchange is part of the larger N2 and N3 Upgrade Programmes, often referred to as the N2/N3 upgrades. The aim of the N2 and N3 upgrades is to bolster the capacities of these economic arteries from the Durban port to the rest of South Africa and the continent in line with the ambitions set out in the Strategic Integrated Projects programme.

The projects connect the Port of Durban, the largest port in Sub-Saharan Africa, to the largest economic hubs in the country as well as our neighbouring countries in the SADC region. The upgrades will also resolve the chronic traffic congestion and reduce road carnage, thus providing higher mobility, increased safety and a reduction in overall travel time.

Members of the media wishing to cover the event can do so as per the details below:

Date: Monday, 24 April 2023

Time: 10H00 am

Venue: Ashburton Interchange

Site Office Location: 29°40’25.9″S 30°28’10.8″E

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