With law enforcement, emergency services and recovery services working through the night, N3 Toll Concession (N3TC) can now confirm that all lanes (both north- and southbound) have been re-opened to traffic again at Van Reenen’s Pass (between Harrismith and Tugela Plaza/Ladysmith).Between 60 and 70 trucks had to be towed away after protesters blocked this national route at Van Reenen.Read initial story: Warning: Protest action on the N3 at Van Reenen’s PassAlso read: Watch: Truck drivers protest on N3 at Van Reenen’s Pass (KZN)Heavy vehicles were stacked over at least a 10km distance in both directions of the N3 Toll Route in the vicinity of Van Reenen and large volumes of traffic were diverted away from this area.Emergency services cleared the northbound section for traffic last night (June 20) and re-opened the southbound lanes this morning (June 21).Read also: Must See: Van Reenen’s Pass is closed due to truck protest on the N3 WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Watch: Member of Parliament on scene at truck drivers’ protest on N3, Van Reenen“N3TC expresses its gratitude to all services and road users for the sterling support received at this challenging time,” said N3TC commercial manager Con Roux.“We expect busy traffic conditions today as the backlog of traffic continues to be cleared, and request both truckers and motorists to be extra cautious and patient,” concluded Roux.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!
Go back to the e-newsletter >From 2017, Hurtigruten’s expedition ships will sail to Viking settlements and the national parks of Newfoundland, explore the world’s largest fjord complex in Greenland, undertake Hurtigruten’s first-ever inland voyage along the Amazon and travel along the Panama Canal.Arctic Canada with a celebrated anthropologistFour new voyages will incorporate Newfoundland & Labrador with highlights including the provincial capital of St John’s, Baffin Bay and Torngat Mountains National Park, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, Red Bay and Battle Harbour.Among the many exceptional landings, passengers will visit L’Anse aux Meadows. The small fishing village on the UNESCO World Heritage List is the place where Norwegians Anne Stine and Helge Ingstad and their daughter Benedicte discovered a Viking settlement in 1960. Today, Benedicte (72) is a researcher and professor of medical anthropology and will join selected Hurtigruten voyages to give lectures about her family’s discoveries.Cruise to the Amazon RainforestHurtigruten’s first-ever inland sailing will travel along the Amazon during a 16-night Expedition to the Amazon Rainforest. Sailing down the immense river, guests can experience and learn more about the unique nature and wildlife from the expedition vessel itself and canoes and by hikes onshore.Other highlights of Hurtigruten’s new voyages include a journey along the Panama Canal and the chance to explore Kangertittivaq in Greenland (also known as Scoresby Sund), the longest fjord in the world, extending 350km into the vast island.Hurtigruten’s explorer cruises combine active adventures with learning. On board and ashore, popular science lectures will be given from experts in history, zoology, botany and environmental science. The Norwegian company has added a total of 23 new expedition voyages to its programme for 2017/18 and now offers more than 200 ports of call in 18 countries worldwide.“We want to offer our guests unique and meaningful experiences regardless of the water temperature. Hurtigruten let people follow the tracks of the Vikings, Amundsen and Nansen, and Thor Heyerdahl” says Hurtigruten CEO Daniel Skjeldam. “People no longer want to spend their vacations being passive spectators. Therefore Hurtigruten offers active and educational voyages. The many unique excursions and lectures give guests genuinely close encounters with the nature and culture of the destinations”.Go back to the e-newsletter >