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Highway interchange in Kenya? No, road network in Durban, South Africa

Kenya had 161,400 kilometres of road as of 2017, according to the 2018 economic survey. Earth and gravel road makes up 140,800 kilometres, and 20,600 kilometres are bitumen. (Note: Africa Check has for months tried to verify the country’s roads data to little avail).

The report says dozens of other road projects are in progress, including interchanges.

One Facebook user posted a photo of a seemingly complete and complex interchange. He captioned the photo: “Nyongo has transformned ksm [governor Peter Anyang’ Nyongo has transformed Kisumu county].

The post attracted about 250 reactions, over 70 comments and 11 shares. But many of those who commented doubted if the interchange was in Kisumu, or even Kenya.

Another Facebook user credited the “development” to Siaya county governor Cornel Rasanga. “Siaya - Bondo - Ugunja interchange. Governor Rasanga is overworking!” he posted on his timeline.



Photo of Mount Edgecombe interchange in Durban

But a reverse image search reveals that the interchange isn’t in Kenya.

According to a November 2018 article in Business Insider South Africa, the structure in the photo is the Mount Edgecombe highway interchange in Durban, South Africa.

South Africa’s department of transport tweeted that it was “more than a masterpiece of architecture”. It was officially opened by transport minister Bonginkosi Nzimande in October 2018.

During the upgrade of the interchange, the agency used its YouTube channel to update road users on its progress. Similar photos were posted during its official launch.

Satellites.pro and Google Maps can correctly pinpoint its location. – Dancan Bwire (28/05/19)

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