Protests Over Water Shortages Shut Longest South African Highway

Via Bloomberg, a report of water related protests in South Africa:

Part of South Africa’s longest highway, which runs from Cape Town to Zimbabwe, was shut on Monday by protesters who were demonstrating over water shortages. 

The N1 highway was closed at Ventersburg, a town that’s about 240 kilometers (149 miles) south of Johannesburg, the South African Police Service said on Twitter. 

#sapsFS Motorists alert: The N1 is closed at Ventersburg due to service delivery #ProtestAction.#SAPS POP Unit maintaining high #PoliceVisibility in the area. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes. ME

— SA Police Service ???????? (@SAPoliceService)September 26, 2022

The situation remains tense and the public order police unit is on the scene, police spokeswoman Loraine Earle said by phone. Motorists were advised to use alternative routes when traveling between Johannesburg and Bloemfontein, the capital of the central Free State province. 

News website Netwerk24 reported on Monday that people in parts of Ventersburg haven’t had water for almost a month due to aged infrastructure and rolling blackouts implemented by state-owned power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. 

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