Swaziland - Manzini to Mbadlane (MR3) Highway Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 28 May 2014
Signature Date 25 Nov 2014
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Commitment U.A 33,600,609.89
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Manzini-Mbadlane Highway Project in Swaziland entails the dualisation of an existing 30km single carriageway road between the city of Manzini and Mbadlane on the MR3, a major road on the SADC regional network. The project is in two parts and financed by loan and grant facility. The main part, which will be financed by the loan, is composed of activities directly related to the delivery of the project road. The second part is Technical Assistance services, to be financed by a grant facility. The activities for the project road comprise: (i) carriageway upgrade of existing 30km two-lane single paved carriageway to a two-lane dual carriageway and (ii) construction of a new 32km two-lane single carriageway access and rural connecting roads and interchanges; (iii) rural feeder road access to health services; (iv) implementation of environmental and social measures, and; (v) implementation of institutional reform in the road subsector. The estimated cost of the project is USD132.2 million (UA86.4 million; E1,491million).

Project Objectives

At sector level, the development objective is to improve regional interconnectivity thus improve efficiency within the trade value-chain, particularly on exports, to increase trade flow and generate revenue for the country and thus reduce poverty. Project level objectives will include reducing vehicle operating cost on the route and improve mobility. The project will have a positive impact on: (i) road safety by mitigating unacceptable road accidents on the MR3; (ii) improve trading activities of road side markets to enhance income generation; (iii) gender-balanced job opportunities for skilled and unskilled labour for Swazis; (iv) contribute towards reduction in maternal mortality by improve rural access to local health services and; (v) through sensitisation, contribute to the efforts on mitigating HIV/AIDS prevalence and Gender-Based Violence (GBV).


The direct beneficiaries are the rural population (70% of the population) that depend on the agro-based trade, the industrial and service sectors, the urban population and businesses of the city of Manzini, and vulnerable rural communities with limited access to health facilities.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Middle Income Countries Fund
Government Of Swaziland
Ministry of Works - Communications


IATI identifier 46002-P-SZ-DB0-012
Last Update 20 Oct 2020


Contact Details

Name MWILA Aaron Katambula
Email a.mwila@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Eswatini
Coordinates Location Name
-26.5 31.5 Swaziland