South Africa's Transport Minister Dipuo Peters opens Swartkopfontein Bridge
Nov 09, 2016: Minister of Transport of the Republic of South Africa, Dipuo Peters, supported by her counterpart in Botswana, Minister of Transport and Communications Onkokame K Mokaila officially opened the Swarkopfontein Bridge in the Swartkopfontein Border Post, North West Province on November 7, 2016.
Swarkopfontein Bridge was constructed by the agency of the Department of Transport, South African National Roads Agency SOC (SANRAL). The bridge which has been constructed over the Notwane River which separates South Africa and Botswana links the two countries.
The road was upgraded from a gravel to an asphalt surface and includes the construction of the 80-metre long Notwane River Bridge.
The construction of the road and bridge to link the border posts of Swartkopfontein comes after a memorandum of agreement was signed in July 2014, in which the governments of the two countries agreed to promote cross-border trade, economic activity and regional integration.
Part of the agreement included a practical initiative to upgrade roads, bridges and other physical infrastructure.
The Swartkopfontein entry point is located between the commercial border posts of Kopfontein and Skilpadshek and now offers a convenient alternative for commuters who make the journey.
“I have no doubt that it will relieve the pressure on traffic between Zeerust in South Africa and the towns of Gaborone, Lobatse and Ramotswa in Botswana. This will lead to a safer travel experience for commuters within the region,” Minister Peters said.