R104 (South Africa)
|Length||317 km (197 mi)|
|East end||N4 near Wonderfontein|
| N11 / R555 / R35 in Middelburg|
R575 near Middelburg
R555 / R544 in Witbank
N4 / R545 near Balmoral
R25 in Bronkhorstspruit
R513 in Bronkhorstspruit
R101 in Pretoria
R511 near Hartbeespoort
R512 near Brits
N4 in Kroondal
R24 near Rustenburg
|West end||N4 near Rustenburg|
|Numbered routes of South Africa
The R104 is a regional route in South Africa that connects Pretoria with Middelburg in Mpumalanga via Bronkhorstspruit and Witbank. It also connects Pretoria with Rustenburg in the North West via Hartbeespoort & Mooinooi. For its length, it is an alternative route to the N4 National Route, with Pretoria as its centre.
The R104 is also made up of a road in Nelspruit (Mbombela) which was previously part of the N4 National Route. As the N4 now bypasses the central part of the city to the north, the old short road through Nelspruit central (Samora Machel Drive) is now designated as the R104.
The R104 route begins just west of Wonderfontein in Mpumalanga (east of Middelburg), at an intersection with the N4 National Route (Maputo Corridor) (Pretoria-Maputo Highway). It goes west for about 50 km before reaching Middelburg. It is joined by the N11 from the south just before the Eastdene suburb and by the R555 from the north-east just after the same suburb and they are one road passing through Middelburg Central westwards, meeting the northern terminus of the R35 Road just after. At Walter Sisulu Street, the N11 national route becomes the section of Walter Sisulu Street going north towards Marble Hall and the R555 becomes the section of that street going south-west towards Witbank (eMalahleni). The R104 remains co-signed with the R555, meeting the northern terminus of the R575 Road.
The R104 and the R555 enter eMalahleni. They continue as Voortrekker Street up to the Witbank Long Distance Taxi Rank, where they meet the R544 coming from Verena. As the R555 continues south to cross the N4 Highway and makes its way to Springs via Ogies, the R104 stays in close proximity to the N4 Highway, becoming the road westwards just before the R555 and N4 junction (Diederichs Street). It remains north of the N4 Highway up to the Schoongezicht suburb, where it crosses to the south of the N4 Highway as Kaldine Drive, turns west and bypasses Witbank Primary School as Collins Avenue. It bypasses KwaGuqa (where it makes a right and left turn) and remains south of the N4 Highway up to Balmoral, at the northern terminus of the R545, where it goes north of the N4 Highway. It crosses into Gauteng Province just after.
Into Gauteng, the R104 remains north of and parallel to the N4 Highway and remains one road, through Bronkhorstspruit (where it meets the R25 Route and the R513 Route), bypassing Mamelodi, to Pretoria Central. In Pretoria, after flying-over the N1 & N4 Platinum Route co-signage as Pretoria Street, it continues as Stanza Bopape Street and Helen Joseph Street (formerly Church Street) through the Central Business District, going around Church Square, becoming WF Nkomo Street (formerly Church Street) & intersecting with the R101 Route. At Pretoria West, the R104 route follows and is parallel to the M4 Magalies Toll Route up to its end by the Pelindaba Toll Plaza just east of Hartbeespoort.
South of Flora Park, the R101 meets the R511 Road at a 4-way junction and begins cosigning with it north-west from this junction, flying over the M4 Magalies Toll Route's Pelindaba Toll Plaza. At Flora Park, the R104/R511 co-signage crosses into Hartbeespoort in the North-West Province as Beethoven Street.
In Hartbeespoort, at the junction with Bach Street next to the Sediba Shopping Plaza in the suburb of Melodie, the R511 becomes the road northwards towards Brits, leaving the R104 as the west-north-westerly road. After this junction, the R104 becomes Scott Street and makes up the northern border of the suburb of Schoemansville. West of Schoemansville, the R104 crosses the point where the Crocodile River enters the Hartbeespoort Dam, before reaching a 4-way junction with the R512 Route.
At this intersection, the R104 meets the R512 from Broederstroom and the 2 routes are cosigned westwards from this junction, passing the Elephant Sanctuary of Hartbeespoort. After a few kilometres, the R512 turns northwards towards Brits, leaving the R104 as the road heading west towards Mooinooi.
From Hartbeespoort, going passed Mooinooi, the R104 is parallel to and south of the N4 Highway (which is now called the Platinum Highway). At Kroondal (right before Rustenburg), The R104 goes north of the Platinum Highway and makes a direct line for Rustenburg. It meets the northern end of the R24 Road from Magaliesburg, Krugersdorp and Johannesburg, before becoming the main route through Rustenburg Central. After the Tlhabane Suburb, the R104 ends where it meets the N4 (eastbound only).
As there is a northern bypass which was built at Nelspruit (Mbombela) (continuous highway, off-ramp junctions only) in the Mpumalanga Province for the N4 National Route, the old road through Nelspruit Central has been given to the R104 route. For that short segment through Mbombela (Samora Machel Drive; 17 Kilometres), the road is labelled as the R104.