Rorisang Kgosana
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
12 Jul 2021
6:16 pm

N3 closure costs economy R1 million per hour, as riots continue

Rorisang Kgosana

The delayed export of millions Rand in produce is just part of the protests' impact, which comes at the worst possible time for SA's economy.

A number of roads in KwaZulu-Natal have been blocked. Picture: Twitter / @TrafficSA

For every hour that the N3 highway in KwaZulu-Natal is closed, at least R1 million is lost to the economy and while the unrest and riots have resulted to damage of property and infrastructure, it has also contributed to the weakening of the Rand. Due to the violence and unrest in KwaZulu-Natal following the imprisonment of former president Jacob Zuma the past few days, the N3 highway has remained closed to all traffic between Harrismith and Cedara for the safety of motorists and trucks travelling from the Durban harbour. At least 30 trucks have been vandalized and burned since...