R101 (South Africa)

The R101 is a Regional Route in South Africa that is the designation for some of the old sections of roads that were previously the N1, prior to upgrading. It only has 2 sections, from Bellville to Worcester and from Johannesburg to Polokwane.[1][2][3]

Regional route R101 shield
Regional route R101
Highway system
Numbered routes of South Africa
R82 R102

Western CapeEdit

Regional route R101
Major junctions
From  R102 in Bellville
   R300 near Brackenfell
  R304 near Kraaifontein
  R44 at Klapmuts
   R45 / N1 in Paarl
  N1 near Rawsonville
To  N1 near Worcester
Highway system
Numbered routes of South Africa
  R82  R102

The R101 starts in Bellville at the R102 running to the east parallel to the newer N1 freeway and is named 'Old Paarl Road'. It then goes through Brackenfell before entering Kraaifontein as 'Voortrekker Road'. At the intersection with Maroela Road in Kraaifontein East it is renamed 'Old Paarl Road' before entering the Cape Winelands. In the Cape Winelands it goes through Klapmuts and then enters Paarl.

At the point where the R101 crosses to the northern side of the N1 south of Paarl, it is joined by the R45 to be co-signed for 6 kilometres northwards before separating from the R45 and turning right in Paarl Central Business District (CBD). It crosses the southern side of the N1, before it crosses the Drakenstein Mountains as Du Toitskloof Pass (820 m) where the newer N1 route bypasses as the Huguenot Tunnel.

Through the pass it rejoins the N1 for 8 km until it separates again to provide access to the town of Rawsonville before it joins the N1 again at Worcester. The R101 designation is not used again up to Woodmead north of Johannesburg, Gauteng, which is 1300 km from Worcester.

Gauteng and LimpopoEdit

Regional route R101
Major junctions
From   R564 / M11 near Sandton
   R562 in Midrand
  N1 near Centurion
  R114 in Centurion
  N14 in Pretoria
  R104 in Pretoria
  R513 in Pretoria
  R566 in Pretoria
  R576 near Bela-Bela
  R516 in Bela-Bela
  R33 in Modimolle
  N1 near Modimolle
  R519 in Mookgophong
  R520 in Mookgophong
  N1 near Mookgophong
   N11 / R518 in Mokopane
  N1 near Mokopane
  R519 near Polokwane
  N1 in Polokwane
  R37 in Polokwane
  R71 in Polokwane
  R521 in Polokwane
To  N1 in Polokwane
Highway system
Numbered routes of South Africa
  R82  R102

A section of the R101 in Gauteng and Limpopo provinces connects Johannesburg with Polokwane via Pretoria, Bela Bela and Mokopane.

The first part connects Johannesburg and Pretoria. It begins as Louis Botha Avenue (forming part of the Johannesburg Metropolitan Route which is designated as the M11), intersects with the R55 and the R564 near Woodmead (where it becomes the R101), and continues as Pretoria Main Road (later Old Pretoria Main Road) (east of the parallel Ben Schoeman Freeway, which is designated as the N1), passes through Midrand, and becomes the Old Johannesburg Road south of Centurion (where it crosses to the west of the Ben Schoeman Freeway, which is still designated as the N1), passing through the western side of Centurion, later changing names again to Jan Smuts Drive in Pretoria, where it merges with the northern endpoint of the Ben Schoeman Freeway (which is now labelled as the N14) at Potgieter Street (now named Kgosi Mampuru Street).

It proceeds northwards through Pretoria Central as Kgosi Mampuru Street (one-way street) (and as Sophie de Bruyn Street, formerly Schubart Street, southwards up to the N14 Ben Schoeman Freeway), intersecting with the R104 Road during this time. At the junction with Struben Street, it becomes cosigned with the M4 Metropolitan Route of Pretoria eastwards up until Paul Kruger Street, where it turns north. While cosigned with the M4, it is Struben Street eastwards and Johannes Ramokhoase Street (formerly Proes Street) westwards (to the Struben Street junction from Paul Kruger Street).

As Paul Kruger Street, the R101 goes north, passing the Pretoria Zoo, through Capital Park and Mayville. Just after Mayville, the R101 is co-signed with the M1 Metropolitan Route of Pretoria until the next junction, where the R101 becomes Lavender Road, the road separating Wonderboom South and Annlin West. At the next junction with Steve Biko Road (M5 Metropolitan Route's northern terminus), Lavender Road divides into Lavender Road West (for vehicles heading north, by way of a left turn) and Lavender Road East (for vehicles heading south) for about 1 km up to the junction with the R513 East (Sefako Makgatho Drive, formerly Zambezi Drive), where it becomes one road again northwards.

Going north from the R513 junction, it passes by the Wonderboom Airport entrance and intersects with the R566 Road (which connects to Onderstepoort) before flying over the N4 Platinum Highway. The R101, the R566 and the M1 form a Ring-Road around Annlin West. After crossing The N4, the R101 becomes Old Warmbaths Road and follows the Apies River north-north-east for 27 km, through Pyramid, to Hammanskraal.

6 km north of Hammanskraal, just before the Carousel casino, the R101 enters the North West Province for about 7 km before entering Limpopo. From Hammanskraal, it is parallel to the N1, passing through Pienaarsrivier. From Pienaarsrivier, the R101 makes a direct line for Bela Bela (Warmbaths) (35 km), where it meets the R516. The R101 continues by way of a right-turn at Potgieter Road in Bela Bela and the route makes a 27 km journey north-east to Modimolle (Nylstroom).

As a straight road passing through Modimolle central, it intersects with the R33. After passing the Phagameng suburb of Modimolle, the R101 turns east towards the bypassing N1 Highway. At Middelfontein, right before the N1 Modimolle north off-ramp, the R101 becomes the road to the west of the N1 (Mookgophong Road, later Modimolle Road) heading north-east. After Kransvlei Farm Resort, the R101 continues by way of a left turn at the t-junction to become the straight road through Mookgophong (Namboomspruit). The distance from Modimolle to Mookgophong is 42 km.

Passing through Mookgophong as Thabo Mbeki Street, it intersects with the R519 at Second Avenue and the R520 at Nelson Mandela Drive. While mostly parallel to the N1, it journeys 51 km north-east to Mokopane (Potgietersrus). 7 Km south of Mokopane, where it crosses the Mogalakwena River, the R101 Road cosigns with the N11 National Route, becoming Thabo Mbeki Drive, up to Mokopane Central.

In Mokopane Central, next to Mokopane Mall, the R101 and N11 meet the R518 Road from Zebediela and cosign with it. At the 2nd junction afterwards, the N11 and the R518 become Nelson Mandela Drive (by way of a left turn), leaving The R101 as the straight road through Mokopane North (Thabo Mbeki Drive). After the Mokopane Game Breeding Centre, the R101 turns eastwards to cross the bypassing N1 Highway at its Mokopane North Off-ramp (Sebetiela Ramp Toll Plaza) and follow it north-east to Polokwane (60 km) while being on its eastern side.

As there is a new Eastern Bypass of Polokwane given to the N1, the old road through Polokwane Central (Thabo Mbeki Street and Grobler Street), meeting the northern terminus of the R37, meeting the western terminus of the R71, turning north and bypassing Polokwane International Airport (Landdros Mare Street), has been given to the R101.[4][5]

The point where Landdros Mare Street and the Polokwane Eastern Bypass meet north of Polokwane marks the end of the R101, as the road heading north to the towns of Louis Trichardt, Musina and the border of Beit Bridge with Zimbabwe is given back to the N1. (Here, the N1 no longer has a parallel road following it)

R101 (Musina)Edit

As there is a bypass being built around the town of Musina[6] (west of the city centre), the N1 section through the town centre of Musina, just like most other old sections of the N1, may be designated as the R101 once the bypass is complete.

The completion date was initially set as November 2018, but after delays, the bypass is now expected to be completed in October 2021.[7]


  1. ^ "Johannesburg Roads Agency - Company documents". www.jra.org.za. Retrieved 2021-03-23.
  2. ^ "Johannesburg Road Agency Q2 2021 Report" (PDF). Johannesburg Road Agency Website. Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  4. ^ https://www.nra.co.za/live/content.php?Category_ID=159
  5. ^ http://za.geoview.info/polokwane_bypass,32938484w
  6. ^ https://reviewonline.co.za/287421/polokwanemusina-ring-roads-reduce-travelling-time-n1-gauteng-musina/
  7. ^ https://stop-over.co.za/progress-onmusinasring-road/

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