The South African National Roads Agency (SOC) Ltd (SANRAL) has embarked on a process of fundamental transformation that opens the path for inclusive, broad-based economic development in the road construction industry.
Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) in Elias Motsoaledi will benefit from SANRAL’s upcoming road upgrade and routine road maintenance projects, says Mr Ismael Essa, SANRAL’s Transformation Manager.
Both in the design phase, two notable road upgrade projects in the municipality (the R573 Moloto Road and the R574 to Morwaneng) are set to begin construction in 2020 and 2021 respectively.
Attended by local municipality officials and businesspeople, the “Taking SANRAL to Elias Motsoaledi” initiative took place today, 30 May, with the aim of addressing matters of concern raised by local business and the municipality, in addition to educating those in attendance about the opportunities available to them.
“We are committed to supporting the development and participation of businesses owned by women, youth, people with disabilities and military veterans in our projects, especially on our routine road maintenance and community development work packages.
“As SANRAL, we are guided by Horizon 2030 strategy and transformation policy that is mindful of the developmental role that the agency plays in regard to emerging contractors and transformation in the construction industry,” Mr Essa adds.
Central to the discussion was the upgrade of the R573 Moloto Road, one of the South Africa’s busiest commuter and essential economic routes connecting Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng. The road is an essential public transport corridor that is used by approximately 50 000 commuters on a daily basis – including buses, taxis and heavy trucks.
The Limpopo section of this road was incorporated into the SANRAL network in 2015. Since then, SANRAL has embarked on road maintenance activities that include the repair of dangerous wash-aways in the Moteti area, opening and clearing of storm water pipes/culverts, repair of gravel shoulders, repairing potholes and other pavement failures, cutting back vegetation along the road, clearing litter and debris from the road reserve, repairing road signs and improving markings.
SANRAL Northern Region Manager, Progress Hlahla, reminded those in attendance that SANRAL is committed to providing opportunities for small contractors that have limited experience. This is done through various community development projects.
“These become legacy projects, which local SMMEs are able to build and maintain for their local municipality. Once they gain the relevant experience and thus improve their CIDB grading and skills levels through these projects, they are able to take on larger projects and contribute to the country’s drive towards job creation,” Mr Hlahla says.
Hlahla said that his region is determined to work towards ensuring the inclusive participation of local black individuals and organisations in upcoming projects, as well as any spin-offs from such projects.
Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality’s mayor , Cllr Julia Mathebe, added that she was grateful that SANRAL had chosen to improve the infrastructure in the Elias Motsoaledi municipality.