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June 5, 2023
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Produced by: Moira Rankin
From reckless taxi drivers to women who are digging ditches and breaking rock by hand, roads are a buzzword in South Africa. Driving cattle is tough under any circumstances. But try crossing a six-lane highway every day - now that is real trouble. When it's your livelihood, you improvise with a daring plan. In South Africa, where everything is political and much is symbolic, rebuilding the country's road infrastructure requires an inventive philosophy, a ground-breaking plan, and hands willing to implement it at every level.

Program Credits

Roads is a SOUNDPRINT classic, produced by Moira Rankin, with associate producer Gemma Hooley. Special thanks to Johannes Matshane and Rehanna Rassool of the South African Broadcasting Association, and to Seviwe Minye in the community radio department at Idasa. Field translation by Bongani Sishe. Additional recording by Sean Finn, and production assistance from Chad Conklin. The program was made with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.


The South African National Roads Agency
Information about transportation in South Africa.

Driving in South Africa
Planning to visit South Africa? This site provides all the information you'll need to get around.

South Africa National Roads
Navigational tips and maps for travel throughout the country.

Exploring South Africa
by: Melissa Shales 2003
Learn more about South Africa through essays on culture and history, architecture and art.

South Africa
by: Peter Joyce 2004
Useful information, tips, and recommendations, accompanied by color photographs, charts and maps for first time travelers.

The History of South Africa
by: Leonard L. Thompson 2001
An exploration of South Africa's eventful history - from the earliest known human settlement of the region to the present day.

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