The festive season is a time where families come together to celebrate life, joy and happiness, creating memories that will be remembered long after the season comes to an end.
With the above in mind, and as part of Bakwena’s continued commitment to Road Safety, Bakwena would like to ensure road users that all lanes at our plazas will be open in the peak direction to accommodate busy conditions. There will be no construction or closed lanes along the N1N4 route as from 15 December 2021. Road users are encouraged to plan their journeys to avoid travelling in the peak periods. Peak periods are expected as follows:-
N1 Northbound & N4 Westbound
15th, 16th, 17th, 24th & 31 December 2021
Between 12:00 and 21:00
N1 Southbound & N4 Eastbound
2nd & 9th January 2022
Between 12:00 and 21:00
Bakwena spokesperson, Solomon Kganyago, says road safety is Bakwena’s priority and various additional measures have been ramped up along the route including partnering with various authorities to ensure the safety of motorists traveling the route.
Through Bakwena’s ongoing partnership with Motus Corporation and Kia South Africa, 6 additional patrol vehicles have been deployed along the Bakwena N1N4 route from Monday 6th December 2021 until Monday the10th January 2022 covering the December and January festive period. These vehicles will assist with visible policing, route surveillance, crash assistance as well as provide support to road users who find themselves in difficulty along the route. If faced with an emergency while travelling the N1N4 route, the number to dial is 0800 BAKWENA / 0800 2259362, use the information on the blue km board markers to identify your location when requesting assistance or reporting incidents
For those traveling with e-tags, ensure your tag is topped up before your journey to minimize delays using the dedicated e-tag lanes. Registered e-tag users can pay their accounts via SANRAL Customer Service Centre, EFT, SANRAL Call Centre, at selected Checkers, Pick ‘n Pay and Shoprite stores or via the SANRAL app. For road users wanting to get an e-tag, e-tags are available at the following locations along the N1N4 route: –
- N1 Total Panorama Petroport
- N4 Doornpoort Engen One Stop
- N4 Magalies Total Petroport
- N4 Kroondal Shell Ultra City
Eliminate your interaction with toll plaza staff by taking advantage of the special promotion Bakwena is running in partnership with N1 Total Panorama Petroport whereby you get a FREE e-tag and 10% off your sit-down meal at either Tonkawa Spur, Steers or Nando’s at the N1 Petroport bridge. Promotion is valid between 1 December 2021 to 31 January 2022.
An additional safety and convenience measure is the dedicated Tap and Go credit card facility available at selected plazas along the N1N4 route for South African chip enabled credit cards. Using this lane will save you time and eliminate your contact with plaza operators thereby reducing your exposure to COVID-19. Please note that debit cards and foreign credit cards are not accepted along the N1N4 route.
For more information on planning your journey, please go to www.bakwena.co.za (safety information) and for live traffic updates, you can follow Bakwena on twitter: @BakwenaN1N4.
Bakwena would like to take this opportunity to wish our road users and their families a safe and pleasant trip along the N1N4 route this holiday season.