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Re: tarring the sani pass
« Reply #80 on: June 27, 2013, 09:39:52 am »
I heard Sani will be tarred by next week Tuesday so hurry up if you want to ride it  ::)

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Re: tarring the sani pass
« Reply #81 on: June 30, 2013, 01:33:01 pm »


a recent RR may answer the question finally ...


One of southern Africa's most iconic gravel travel tracks - Sani Pass via Kotisiphola to Mokhotlong - is being transformed at a rapid pace, courtesy of a Chinese road building team. Encamped near Mokhotlong, the team started from the point where the tar gives way to the gravel road heading east towards Sani Pass.
They're not wasting time and the forward digging party is already on Kotisiphola (Black Mountain Pass). The transformation is mind-blowing- the beautiful, narrow winding track is being cut, drilled and bulldozed into a highway!!
Judging by the infrastructure over rivers and smaller water course, the surface is being prepped for a hard top. This road will link up with Sani Pass that probably means the pass is also heading for a hard surface.
A South African contractor is blasting the switch backs wider on Sani Pass and will also cut drains before his contract ends in August. Complaining bitterly about the cold, saying the diesel often doesn't unfreeze till late morning. Note that access up and down Sani Pass is limited to before 11 am and after 3 pm when they're blasting. Also, expect to be delayed on the Lesotho side, especially now that progress is moving up Kotisiphola.
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Re: tarring the sani pass
« Reply #82 on: June 30, 2013, 01:37:39 pm »
Eish...... that's bad news :(
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Re: tarring the sani pass
« Reply #83 on: July 06, 2013, 09:45:46 am »
The death knell, reported on Friday, July 8

END OF THE ROAD FOR GRAVEL SANI PASS
Tour operators and tourism stake holders in the southern Drakensberg have lost their fight against the tarring of Sani Pass when the KZN Department of Transport was granted environmental authorisation for the “proposed upgrade of the Sani Pass road”. The current tarred road to the former Good Hope trading station will be extended to the South African border post and up Sani Pass to its summit at the Lesotho Border Post, a distance of 19 km. Currently, contractors are widening some of the narrow sections on the switchbacks, and are preparing to lay drains. The only recourse is to appeal against the decision by July 22.  The notice of intention to appeal, as well as the appeal must be lodged with the DEA, by fax (012) 320 7539, or email at AppealsDirectorate@environment.gov.za.
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Re: tarring the sani pass
« Reply #84 on: July 06, 2013, 01:56:35 pm »
Now I can even ride my BMW R1200GS up it too... 
but the KTM guys will have to find another route .
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Hmm...
I wonder who will be
1) the first and
2) the fastest
to ride a Superbike up Sani Pass.   :sip:
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Re: tarring the sani pass
« Reply #85 on: July 19, 2013, 07:10:02 am »
Dont get confused and think the trucks will need to do tight turns, the new route is not up the switchbacks but will come along the side.
A massive project not just tarring what is there already.

It may mean the old road will remain and deteriorate :) 
 

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Re: tarring the sani pass
« Reply #86 on: July 19, 2013, 08:24:34 am »
Dont get confused and think the trucks will need to do tight turns, the new route is not up the switchbacks but will come along the side.
A massive project not just tarring what is there already.

It may mean the old road will remain and deteriorate :) 

This changes everything. Are they seriously just building an entirely separate new road?
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Re: tarring the sani pass
« Reply #87 on: July 19, 2013, 08:34:36 am »
Sounds like its all speculation at the moment.  I have some mates heading up there today... Will post some info when they let me know details
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