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The research, writing and production of The N4 Book was made possible by the generous sponsorship of Trans African Concessions (TRAC), the Maputo Development Corridor and TSB Sugar. The great people at these organisations gave the author carte blanche in terms of what was included and what was left out of the book; they didn't attempt to influence in any way how stories were written or what the book focussed on. These organisations are, however, all committed to helping South Africans and visitors from all over the world experience the attractions and stories that make the N4 such a brilliant route.

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Maputo Development Corridor
Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism
You have arrived in Mpumalanga, a must-see tourist destination for everyone visiting South Africa!

The region boasts a rich cultural heritage, the extraordinary beauty of the Lowveld and unique landscapes, mountain scenery with panoramic views, canyons, rock formations and the largest game reserve in South Africa, the Kruger National Park, part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park – an Eden extending to Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

This proud province provides tourists with the experience of visiting historical towns, taking in splendid scenery, experiencing the fresh and fast life of both countryside and cosmopolitania.

Mpumalanga borders the countries of Swaziland and Mozambique , making it one of the most affordable and fulfilling Bushveld-to-beachfront destinations.

The Maputo Development Corridor was established between South Africa and Mozambique in 1995 as part of the greater Spatial Development Initiative of the South African and Mozambican Presidents, Nelson Mandela and Joachim Chissano and their respective Ministries of Transport and Trade & Industry.

The corridor was first conceptualised as the rehabilitation of the primary infrastructure network along the N4 national road and rail links between South Africa and Mozambique, aimed at improving an existing but inefficient transport route by the transport departments of the two co-operating governments in 1996.

Only in recent years have most of the developments, such as the N4 toll road and the Port of Maputo, started reaching their optimum performance and growth potential.

Living up to our pioneering spirit, a flagship aimed at anchoring key government priorities in tourism, service delivery, environmental sustainability, local economic development and skills development, has been created by the Mpumalanga provincial government as the accelerated growth enabler for the corridor.

The programme known as the Maputo Development Corridor Flagship aims to maximise investment in the corridor as well as social development, employment opportunities and the increased participation of historically disadvantaged communities. The programme has created new opportunities for both South Africa and Mozambique and specifically the provinces and municipalities falling within the space perspective and buffer of the N4 toll road from Gauteng to Maputo Province.

We are therefore proud to be associated with The N4 Book in the quest to promote trade, tourism and investment growth in our province.

Blessing Manale CEO: Maputo Development Corridor Programme

Trans African Concessions
Trans African Concessions
In 1997 Trans African Concessions was awarded a thirty-year, R3-billion contract to operate a section of the N4 highway west of Witbank to Maputo.

The contract, which was awarded by the governments of S$outh Africa and Mozambique, covered the construction, rehabilitation and maintenance and operation of the N4 and EN4 routes as a toll road. Over the first three-and-a-half years, R1.5-billion was spent on upgrading the road and services.

In 2004 an additional contract was signed, adding a section of the N4 from Balmoral to the Hans Strijdom off-ramps in Pretoria.TRAC today operates toll plazas at Diamond Hill, Middelburg, Machadodorp, Nkomazi, Moamba and Maputo. The road remains the property of the states of South Africa and Mozambique and, at the expiry of the concession in 2027, will be returned to the owners.

Road maintenance and improvement are continuous. In May 2010 a ring road bypassing Nelspruit is set to open, obviating the need for motorists to drive through the busy centre of the Mpumalanga capital. This important improvement project is being carried out at a cost of some R35-million per kilometre.(Road widening projects are regularly implemented, at a cost of approximately R8-million a kilometre.)

TRAC employees are proud of the role their route and its many, often unappreciated, services have played in the economic and social upliftment of Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Mozambique. In the late 1990s only eighty vehicles crossed the border per day. Today the average daily figure is some 2,000, which rises substantially over holiday periods. The existence and operation of a first-class road link has been of central importance to the strong economic growth enjoyed by all of these regions in the last decade.

TRAC's community support initiatives include sponsoring an emerging-farmer development project, a local centre that looks after Aids orphans, as well as various sports events.

Road safety guides and informs all of TRAC's operational decisions.Accident statistics are carefully collated and analysed, and steps, including improved signage, construction and traffic-calming measures, are regularly implemented to improve safety.

TRAC provides a 24-hour roadside assistance service, called TRACassist, to road users who may experience emergencies or need help along the route in South Africa.To contact TRACassist in any emergency, or to report problems such as stray animals or fires, call the toll-free number, 0800 TRAC N4 or 0800 8722 64. Help will immediately be dispatched to where it is needed.

The TRACassist emergency communication system provides a further link with ambulance and emergency services, the South African Police Service, traffic authorities, the fire brigade, towing and rescue services.

TSB Surgar
Tsb Sugar Holdings, founded in 1965, operates three sugar mills in South Africa. Two of the mills are in the Onderberg region of Mpumalanga, at Malelane and Komatipoort, and one in Pongola.

Tsb Sugar produces about 650,000t of sugar per year, about 30% of all sugar produced in South Africa. Tsb Sugar, a 100% subsidiary of JSE Stock Exchange-listed Remgro Ltd, has also invested in citrus farming and produces animal feeds from by-products of the sugar manufacturing process.

Until the recent acquisition of Pongola Mill in the northern part of KwaZulu-Natal, Tsb had its South African operations in the Nkomazi/Onderberg area which borders the Kruger National Park, Mozambique and Swaziland. The region consists of a total land surface of roughly 350,000ha and is renowned for its agricultural potential offering a unique combination of soil, climate and water. Many subtropical crops, including sugar cane, thrive here. Approximately 60,000 ha of arable land is under irrigation, with sugarcane being the main crop. The long-term production average is 100t of sugarcane per hectare at about 13 to 14 tons sucrose. Tsb supports well over 1,000 small-scale sugar cane farmers who supply 18% of the sugarcane used as raw material at the mills. A further 40% is supplied by large-scale growers while the remainder (42%) comes from estates that are owned and/or managed by Tsb Sugar.

The success of South Africa's land reform programme is important for the long-term sustainability of SA's agrifood sector. Tsb Sugar – both in sugar and in citrus production – is creating, supporting and building a model in which land reform can be a success both for an agribusiness company and for the country (which includes food processors). Tsb Sugar provides extension, technical and irrigation support to sugarcane growers, especially small-scale growers.

Sugar is a commodity, so local and international commodity prices are of vital importance. Value-adding is one way to increase margins on the product itself. For a sugar mill company, producing co-products is an additional option for increasing profitably.

Molasses, with its inverted sugars – fructose and glucose – can be used to make cattle feed and/or ethanol. Tsb Sugar took the cattle feed route, and in 1985 commissioned the Molatek animal feed factory adjacent to the Malelane Mill.

The Malelane Mill is open to visitors during the milling season which runs from April to December. For a guided tour of the mill, contact our visitors' centre on 013 7911412.
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