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President Ramaphosa hails job-creation on world-class N2 Wild Coast Road project

Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape, 24 September 2021 – President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the Msikaba bridge site of the N2 Wild Coast Road project yesterday (Thursday, 23 September 2021), describing it as world-class and calling on local communities and traditional leaders to support the project, which is one of the flagship projects of the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL).

President Ramaphosa said work on the N2 Wild Coast project will lead to the creation of 8 000 fulltime jobs and between 21 000 and 28 000 indirect jobs.

“This translates to a wage bill of around R750 million. Both skilled and semi-skilled people have already been employed on this project. Once the road is completed, ongoing maintenance work is anticipated to create another 900 direct, full-time jobs and around 19 000 indirect jobs.

“These numbers affirm SANRAL’s commitment to sustainable job creation. Over the past year alone SANRAL has created 17 760 job opportunities at its various projects around the country. This is part of a government-wide effort to create jobs in our economy,” he said.

The event took place on the banks of the Msikaba river and was attended by several ministers, including transport, Fikile Mbalula; public works, Patricia de Lille; small business, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams; and water and sanitation, Senzo Mchunu. Others in attendance included the Premier of the Eastern Cape, Oscar Mabuyane and members of his provincial cabinet, mayors and councillors, as well as traditional leaders such as the King of amaMpondo, King Zanozuko Sigcawu, accompanied by various Iinkosi around the Mpondoland, and SANRAL board members and executives. (The previous statement had erroneously mentioned that Chief Baleni was present. He was not in attendance.)

The Msikaba bridge is one of two mega bridges which form part of the N2 Wild Coast Road project. The other is at Mtentu, about 64 km away. The construction of the Msikaba bridge is expected to be completed by 2023. Once completed, the Mtentu bridge will be one of the highest bridges in Africa and one of the longest in the world.

The bridges are part of the N2 Wild Coast Road Project that connects four provinces, namely the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu/-Natal and Mpumalanga. It is SANRAL’s flagship infrastructure project in the Eastern Cape and one of 18 designated national Strategic Integrated Projects or SIPs of catalytic value.

The President said that the project has huge socio-economic and enterprise development benefits and would yield benefits over a long period.

“Approximately R4-billion will be spent on targeted enterprises during the construction period. This will ensure that the investment on this project will be ploughed back to communities. Already some R120 million has gone to local SMMEs as part of upgrading and linking of roads, and there are several more projects in the pipeline.

“By regulating that a minimum of 30 per cent of expenditure is earmarked for targeted enterprise sub-contractors and suppliers, approximately R4 bn will in future flow to SMMEs from the OR Tambo and Alfred Nzo Districts.”
The project would also have a positive environmental impact, he said.

“The N2 Wild Coast Region Biodiversity Offset Programme will result in the Silaka and Mkhambathi Nature reserves being expanded, and lead to the creation of several new protected areas in the Pondoland Centre of Floral Endemism totalling approximately 20 000Ha.”

The President said that the highway would narrow travelling distances and time, and it will also be safer. “There is the benefit to tourism from both inside and outside the province. There is the benefit to the provincial and national economy. This highway will support the transportation of goods and services to the entire Southern African region.
“With the coming into operation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in January this year, I can certainly see this project playing a key role in the movement of goods and services to a continental market.”

President Ramaphosa said that, at Msikaba, the community participation goal for targeted labour set by SANRAL was exceeded at the end of July, with it reaching 37 per cent against 32 per cent of work completed. “Sixty-two per cent of the total work force on this site are locals. Of the 329 employed, 156 are employed by the main contractor, and 173 by sub-contractors.

“I want to congratulate the national Department of Transport, SANRAL and the contractors for ensuring that matters around community participation were dealt with sensitively.”

He said the N2 Wild Coast Road Project supports “not only our domestic priorities, but the economic integration agenda of the African continent”.

“It is not far-fetched to say that years from now, this same N2 Wild Coast Road will enable an entrepreneur from Lusikisiki to transport their goods onward to Gaborone, to Lusaka, then to Dar-es-Salaam. It is not inconceivable that a bus from Kinshasa in the DRC will be able to bring tourists directly to the Wild Coast.

“Through the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) we have a common framework for African stakeholders to build the infrastructure necessary for more integrated transport, energy, ICT and trans-boundary water networks to boost trade, spark growth and create jobs. In this regard, the N2 Wild Coast Road Project will no doubt play an important role.”

INFRASTRUCTURE SOUTH AFRICA TO HOST SEVEN-PART “PIPELINE” SERIES

Head of Investments and Infrastructure in the Presidency, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, will today, 22 September 2021, host the first two sessions of the Pipeline Series of webinars that will showcase infrastructure projects to potential national and international funders.

The seven-part Pipeline Series is part of the build-up to the Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium (SIDSSA21) which will take place on 6 and 7 October 2021 in hybrid format under the theme “Quality infrastructure for development, recovery and inclusive growth”.

The October symposium will draw from a range of stakeholders from the financing sector, business sector, academia and project sponsors.

Today’s commencement of the Pipeline Series mirrors the 2020 market-sounding engagement where infrastructure project-sponsors presented opportunities for investment and other forms of partnership to an audience of national and international funding institutions.

The Pipeline Series is aimed at increasing the supply of bankable projects that support the South Africa’s Infrastructure Investment Plan, and to showcase projects in Infrastructure South Africa’s portfolio for capital raising from national and international investors.

The thematic focus for the SIDSSA21 project pipeline is as follows:

22 September 2021

Part 1: Integrated Human Settlements – New Ways of Investing

Part 2: Accelerating Investment into SA’s Student Housing Infrastructure Programme

28 September 2021

Part 3: Municipal Infrastructure Financing – Bulk Funding Solution

Part 4: Digital Economy – The 3rd Great Economic Revolution

Part 5: Deep-Dive Parallel Sessions

  • Green Economy – South Africa at the Global Forefront for Green Energy
  • Manufacturing and Industrialization – The Export Factor

6 October 2021

Part 6: A Focused Infrastructure Sector Approach

  • Transport for Development – Taking Up Space
  • Financing Social Infrastructure Differently

Part 7: Unveiling of the Infrastructure Fund Projects

The Pipeline Series is not public, however the outcomes of the series will be made public at the SIDSSA21. All of the sessions will include an overview of the sector discussion as well as project presentations from project owners and sponsors.

Media wishing to conduct interviews on the Pipeline Series or the SIDSSA may do so via the contact listed below.

Persons wishing to join the October SIDSSA21 Symposium are invited to register to attend on the following link: GET INVOLVED – Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium SA (sidssa.org.za)

Media enquiries: Nombulelo Nyathela – Nombulelo@presidency.gov.za or Anna Sango – Annas@idc.gov.za

Issued by Government Communications (GCIS) on behalf of Infrastructure and Investment Office in The Presidency

SANRAL’s N2/N3 major road upgrades will ease traffic congestion once completed

Pietermaritzburg, 22 September 2021 – The major road upgrades between Cato Ridge and Ashburton interchange will ease traffic congestion and increase safety on that stretch of the N3 national road in KwaZulu-Natal, the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) has announced.

The three packages which form part of the greater N2/N3 corridor upgrades were awarded in the fourth quarter of 2020 and construction began in the first quarter of 2021. The upgrade of the N2 will focus on a 55km length, from Lovu River, on the South Coast, to Umdloti, on the North Coast. The N3 upgrade will focus on an 80km section from Durban to Pietermaritzburg.

The awarded projects are:

• Cato Ridge (km19.4) to Dardanelles (commonly known as Umlaas Road) Interchange (km26.6);

• Dardanelles Interchange (km26.6) to Lynnfield Park (km 30.6) and

• Lynnfield Park (km 30.6) to Ashburton Interchange (km 1.5)

The upgrades of the N2 and N3 in KwaZulu-Natal form part of the national Government’s key Strategic Integrated Projects, SIP2: Durban-Free State-Gauteng Logistics and Industrial Corridor. SIP2 aims to strengthen the logistics and transport corridor between South Africa’s main industrial hubs, improve access to Durban’s export and import facilities and raise efficiency along the corridor.

“Work on Dardanelles to Lynnfield started in January 2021, while Cato Ridge to Dardanelles and Lynnfield Park to Ashburton began in April 2021. These upgrades will include the widening of the N3 carriageways to four or five lanes in each direction, and the reconfiguration and upgrade of most major interchanges along these route sections,” said Dumisani Nkabinde, SANRAL’s Eastern Regional Manager.

The greater N2/N3 corridor upgrades are expected to take between eight to ten years to complete in total and create up to 15 000 job opportunities over the duration of the construction. Investment in roads infrastructure upgrades, especially in rural and underdeveloped communities, provides an opportunity for generating economic growth, alleviating poverty, reducing inequality and increasing international competitiveness. The three awarded projects will take on average 42 months each to complete. While SANRAL aim to maintain the same number of lanes during construction as currently available, this is not possible at all locations. Motorists will be affected by reduced speed limits which are necessary to maintain the safety of the construction team as well as motorists. Traffic deviations to alternative routes are only expected during emergency situations, for example when a major crash results in closure of the N3. Stop/go restrictions may be carried out on alternative routes and within the interchange areas but will not be carried out on the N3.

“The R103 provincial road, which runs next to the N3, will also be upgraded between the outer limits of the contract and can be used as an alternative route for light vehicles. Heavy motor vehicles are encouraged to remain on the N3, due to sharp bends and steep gradients on some sections of the R103. A new section of R103 will be constructed alongside the N3 on the southern side between Camperdown Interchange in the West and the existing R103 in the East. The new section is required to improve traffic flow along the R103 by removal of the multiple stop streets within Camperdown,” explained Nkabinde. Motorists are advised to take note of the construction activities and to be observant of the advance warning signs, and restrictions, when travelling past the construction work zones.

“Traffic delays should be expected throughout the construction period. Road users are encouraged to allow additional time while travelling or to travel outside peak periods and switch to high-occupancy transport modes where possible,” said Nkabinde.

SANRAL CONTINUES INVESTMENT IN YOUTH EDUCATION

Eastern Cape, 21 September 2021: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) has shared scholarship and bursary information with learners from high schools located in the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Local Municipality.

The scholarship and bursary drive is part of a national roadshow where SANRAL visits communities in remote areas to provide scholarship and bursary information to learners who may not have access to online information.

Councillor Mzamo Dlamini from Winnie Madikizela Mandela Local Municipality was pleased that government had brought development to schools in rural areas and SANRAL’s Southern Region’s stakeholder relations specialist, Welekazi Ndika, encouraged learners to take advantage of the scholarship and bursary opportunities

Department of Education District Director Zoleka Khuzwayo urged learners to focus on their studies, so as to access the SANRAL scholarships and bursaries, which she referred to as: “Opportunities of a lifetime”.
Learners from Mdatya High School, Baleni High School, Maqongwane High School and Cangca Senior Secondary School attended the information sharing session, which took place on the 16th of September 2021, at the Mdatya Senior Secondary School in Bizana.

Abernathy Nzama, a Grade 11 learner at Baleni High School, showed great interest and conveyed his desire study chemical or electrical engineering one day: “I am happy that SANRAL shared this information with us. Sometimes we miss opportunities because we don’t have data or access to Wi-Fi”.

SANRAL’s scholarship programme was historically developed to provide financial support to learners from Grade 10 to Grade 12, preferably those who excel in Mathematics and Science. This year, scholarships are available to all high school learners, from Grade 8 to Grade 12, irrespective of their subject choices. Furthermore, where learners previously required a 70% overall aggregate to be eligible for consideration, they now require 60% with a view to improving their aggregate to 70%.

The applications for bursaries and scholarships are available on the SANRAL website and close on Thursday, 30 September 2021.

SANRAL takes bursary and scholarship programme to Bizana learners

Eastern Cape, 13 September 2021 – The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) will host its bursary and scholarship programme in Bizana, located in the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Local Municipality, on Thursday, 16 September 2021.

Scholarships are available to high school learners from Grade 8 to Grade 12, regardless of their subject choice. Furthermore, where learners previously required a 70% overall aggregate to be eligible for consideration, they now require 60% with a view to improving their aggregate to 70%.

SANRAL aims to support deserving qualifying students in the fields of transportation infrastructure, engineering and its related professions in the built environment, smart technologies, public
sector infrastructure development and administration and other professions related to the core business of SANRAL.

This event aims to share with learners the opportunities presented by the bursary and scholarship programme and how they can access these.

Date: Thursday, 16 September
Time: 09h00 – 14h00
Venue: Mdatya Senior Secondary School in Bizana

RSVP: Wednesday, 15 September
Shaanaaz Loggenberg
Email: Shaanaaz.Loggenberg@fticonsulting.com or Sanral@fticonsulting.com

SMALL TOWN OF DORDRECHT SET TO RECEIVE ECONOMIC BOOST

The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) has met with the Dordrecht Business Fraternity in the Eastern Cape, to discuss the economic benefits and job opportunities availed by SANRAL’s upcoming special
maintenance project on the N6 national road to Dordrecht.

SANRAL convened the session as part of its ongoing stakeholder engagement endeavours, which seek to include
and consult those who are directly affected by the agency’s projects.

“At SANRAL we always ensure that we start with a social facilitation process on our projects. This means that we
first consult communities who are affected by our projects before we begin with construction. Working together
with the municipality, we do this to ensure that we get the community’s buy-in and make our targeted
stakeholders, like the business representatives we have at today’s session, understand what the project will
entail, as well as how they will benefit from it.” said Welekazi Ndika, SANRAL’s stakeholder coordinator for the
Southern Region Valued at R253 million, the project will start in November 2021 and is expected to be completed over 30 months.

SANRAL has allocated the first three months before construction begins to what is called the mobilisation period.
This is a period in which the appointed contractor on the project will interact with the community and set up
contract participation goals (CPGs), which is the minimum amount allocated to the development of small-,
medium- and micro enterprises (SMMEs).

“Guided by our transformation policy, at SANRAL we always ensure that there is transparency and equal
opportunities for local community members on our projects. We have also spelled this out in our D1000
Document. This is a document which guides the maximum participation of women, youth, people with disabilities
and military veterans, to mention but a few, on our projects,” said Thandile Makwabe, SANRAL’s transformation
officer for the Southern Region.

“The D1000 Document is also there to ensure that local SMMEs participate as suppliers on projects, such as
rendering security services on our project sites. All of this is done to ensure that local resources and local
community members benefit from SANRAL projects. We also ensure that the appointed main contractor on the
project will adhere to the CPGs that we have set for our projects. In the N6 to Dordrecht special maintenance
project, the CPG target we have stipulated is 30% and we have made it clear to the main contractor that this must
be achieved.”

Accordingly, the CPG on the N6 to Dordrecht project is R75.9 million, which is 30% of the total project value.
About 6% of the project has also been earmarked to create job opportunities for local community members.
About 200 job opportunities will be created for skilled and semi-skilled workers during the construction phase.
Skills development and other training endeavours will also be offered to those working on site.

SANRAL Board embarks on recruitment drive for a CEO

Pretoria, 7 September 2021 – The employment contract of the Chief Executive Officer of the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) will come to an end on 30 November 2021.

The SANRAL Board of Directors will, in line with Section 19(2) of the SANRAL Act, No.7 of 1998, as amended, embark on a recruitment process to recommend a suitable candidate for appointment by the Minister of Transport, before 1 December 2021. Click here for the full post details.

For more information contact:

Ayanda Allie

pressoffice@nra.co.za

SANRAL MARKS INTERNATIONAL LITERACY DAY

The South African National Roads Agency Limited SOC (SANRAL) has joined local and global organs of state in marking International Literacy Day.

SANRAL has contributed towards literacy as a human right and the foundation of learning, by broadening the offering and expanding the reach of its bursary and scholarship programme, in order to increase accessibility for learners in remote areas.

SANRAL recently took the programme into rural Phuthaditjhaba, making presentations to four schools in the community.

With strict adherence to COVID-19 health protocols, learners from Qwa Qwa Combined School, Letlotlo Primary, Kgola-Thuto Secondary and Mohaladitwe Secondary received valuable information, which will be relayed to their parents, for application purposes.

“Through these community engagement sessions, we are reaching audiences who have not previously applied to our programme because of the digital divide. We are already seeing a marked increase in the number of applications streaming in for financial aid,” said Monageng Mokgojwa, SANRAL’s Stakeholder Coordinator in the Eastern Region (KZN and Free State).
This week, SANRAL took the initiative to the West Coast with presentations to three schools in Moorreesburg: Ruststasie Primary, Laurie Hugo Primary and Dirkie Uys High.
“The bursary and scholarship outreach in this neighbourhood is to ensure SANRAL’s commitment to community development goes beyond roads,” explained Thembinkosi Mosobela, SANRAL’s Stakeholder Coordinator in the Western Region.
Initially, the scholarship programme was designed to give financial support to Grade 10 to Grade 12 learners who excelled in mathematics and science.

However, this year scholarships are available to all high school learners, i.e. from Grade 8 to Grade 12, irrespective of their subject choices.

Furthermore, where learners previously required a 70% overall aggregate to be eligible for consideration, they now require 60% with a view to improving their aggregate to 70%.

In addition, financial support through bursary allocations, which was previously exclusively for Civil Engineering, has now been made available for disciplines such as Public Relations, Auditing, Supply Chain Management, Law, Human Resources and Finance, which collectively support SANRAL’s corporate structure.

“Unemployment is a major challenge in this community, and as such, scores of parents are not able to fund their children’s education. We have some incredibly bright learners, and removing the financial obstacles will enable them to spread their wings and soar,” said Hester Arendse, a teacher at Laurie Hugo Primary School.

Applications for bursaries and scholarships are available on the SANRAL website and close on 30 September 2021.

N7 upgrade set to boost Swartland local economy

Western Cape, 5 September 2021 – With an economic injection of R600m, the next phase of the N7 upgrade, from Rooidraai to Moorreesburg, holds major economic benefits for the Swartland.

“The scope of work entails widening the cross section of the N7 section 8 (for approximately 25km) and the construction of additional climbing lanes for improved road safety and ease of traffic flow,” said Petronella Theron, Project Manager for the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL).

SANRAL had recently awarded this contract to Martin & East, and the process of site mobilisation commences in September. During this time, the contractor will structure works packages that will be subcontracted to SMMEs.

“In line with SANRAL’s Transformation Policy and government’s Preferential Procurement Regulation, a minimum of 30% of the contract value of all projects is to be subcontracted to targeted enterprises, in a bid to prioritise economic development opportunities for black-owned entities. These include women-owned businesses, youth-owned businesses and persons with disabilities,” explained Morné Windvogel, SANRAL’s Transformation Officer in the Western Region.

Furthermore, in the interest of transparency and fair business practices, all SANRAL projects are guided by a 14-point plan that sets the tone for project liaison, sub-contracting and labour sourcing, as well as a commitment to its transformation policy. This plan also includes the appointment of a Project Liaison Committee (PLC) which has oversight over SANRAL projects – but does not influence who is awarded tenders or who get jobs on those projects.

“We are currently engaging with various stakeholders in the region, including business chambers and sector formations, local government and other civil society interest groups, in a bid to attract nominations for PLC members, so that we can ensure a well-constituted PLC that will represent the interests of all stakeholders,” said Thembinkosi Mosobela, SANRAL Stakeholder Coordinator in the Western Region.

This is an exciting project and comes at a time when the road construction industry is crying out for economic relief through infrastructure upgrades. “As part of SANRAL’s response to this call, and the development of the knowledge economy, training and development are prioritised on this project, to ensure that both the SMMEs and the local labour can benefit from new skills and knowledge that will empower them to tackle bigger projects down the line,” concluded Theron.

SANRAL initially started the upgrade of the N7 with the Melkbosstrand Interchange in 2012 and completed the Hopefield Interchange early 2020.

The following are some of key stats taken from the entire N7 upgrade to date.

40.5km Length of dual-carriageway freeway constructed
69.2km Access and other roads constructed
46 Major concrete structures built and upgraded
8 Interchanges constructed
173 400 tons Asphalt surfacing
162 700m² Bituminous seals
R333m Spent on targeted labour
R529m Spent on SMMEs

 

Machadodorp Interchange open

Machadodorp Interchange open
In line with our commitment to offer road users world-class road infrastructure, Trans African Concessions (TRAC) is delighted to announce that the Machadodorp Interchange is officially open!

This much-anticipated junction, which forms part of the major upgrade between Machado and Emakhazeni, was officially opened today by the Honourable MEC of Public Works, Roads and Transport Mohita Latchminarain, the Honourable Executive Mayor of Emakhazeni, Xolani Sydney Ngwenya and TRAC CEO Alex van Niekerk.. This significant road construction project between the two Mpumalanga towns, undertaken by Wilson Bayly Holmes-Ovcon and Motheo Construction Joint Venture (WBHO/Motheo), kicked off in 2019. The project comprises the rehabilitation and construction of an additional lane per direction to convert this 30 km section of the N4 in a four-lane undivided road.

According to Mr Van Niekerk the R400-million upgrade was done to accommodate the traffic growth experienced over the years between Emakhazeni and the Montrose Intersection near Mbombela. Furthermore, the increase in traffic volumes stimulated the need to construct the interchange that offers a safer entry/exit point to and from Machadodorp and the R36.

“The official opening of this infrastructure marks a milestone for the Belfast-Machado upgrade project as well as for the Maputo Corridor and TRAC as a whole,” explained Mr Van Niekerk, “The at-grade intersection will now be permanently closed, and road users can only enter and exit the town of Machadodorp via the safer on and off ramps that form part of the interchange.”

Mr Van Niekerk reminded road users that although the interchange is fully functional, the roadworks between Emakhazeni and Machadodorp are not concluded and will continue for several months. “We are continuing with the other elements of the upgrade and rehabilitation with the entire project expected to be completed early next year.”

“We want to thank the public for their cooperation during this road construction project and thank them for their patience and understanding. This upgrade, including this magnificent structure that we opened today, is evidence that TRAC is committed to keeping the Maputo Corridor in pristine condition and on par with world standards,” concluded Mr Van Niekerk.

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