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In just a few short months, the R33 between Piet Retief and Vryheid has been chewed up and spat out. As they navigate the road marked by grave-sized potholes, motorists would be forgiven for thinking they had crossed over into a war-torn territory.

It’s been this way since late last year, when a flurry of coal trucks headed to Richards Bay devastated this and other roads in a bid to detour from the N2 amid community uproar over a deadly crash near Pongola. It was a sudden and relatively short-lived influx, but it was enough to tear up the road with lasting effects on small towns like Paulpietersburg, which has been in disrepair since.

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