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Blasting scheduled at Breidbach Interchange

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Blasting scheduled at Breidbach Interchange

Eastern Cape, 20 July 2022: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) wishes to advise travellers that controlled blasting is scheduled to take place at the Breidbach Interchange on the N2 on Thursday, 21 July 2022, at 3pm.

The N2, travelling towards King Williams Town and East London, as well as Welkom Street will be closed for approximately 30 minutes.

“Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly and to use caution when making use of the roads,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Regional Manager.

SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused.

INSTALLATION OF TEMPORARY LIGHTING BETWEEN SANCTUARY ROAD AND LINK ROAD

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INSTALLATION OF TEMPORARY LIGHTING BETWEEN SANCTUARY ROAD AND LINK ROAD

Pietermaritzburg, 19 July 2022 – Roadworks to erect temporary lighting will lead to the closure of the N3 from Sanctuary Road to link Road, the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) has announced.

“In an attempt to improve road safety in the area temporary lighting will be installed on a portion of the N3 between Sanctuary Road and Link Road (between km 16.2 and km 18.4). The work entails the installation of numerous 14m long poles in the median between the two carriageways,” said Thabiso Dladla, SANRAL’s Eastern region Project Manager.

To provide enough space for the safe installation of the infrastructure the fast lane on the northbound carriageway will need to be closed daily from 21 July to 29 July 2022, between the hours of 09h00 and 15h00.

The alternate route to be used by light motor vehicles only during the road closure is the Old Howick Road (R103). Motorists travelling from Pietermaritzburg towards Harrismith can use the Old Howick Road and can join the N3 either at Hilton or Cedara.  All vehicles above 8-ton MAY NOT use the R103 and should allow for extra time for their journey.

“SANRAL wishes to apologise to the motoring public for any inconvenience caused during the road closure. We appeal to road users to adhere to the road signs and speed limit when approaching the construction site,” said Dladla.

 

SANRAL shares road construction plans with stakeholders in Mhlontlo Local Municipality

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SANRAL shares road construction plans with stakeholders in Mhlontlo Local Municipality

Eastern Cape, 15 July 2022: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) has shared with various stakeholders’ details of projects being undertaken and that will be undertaken in the Mhlontlo Local Municipality.

SANRAL hosted a Roundtable Engagement session with Mhlontlo Local Municipality stakeholders and provided an overview on the importance of asset preservation. The Roundtable Engagement session was held in Tsolo this week.

“SANRAL contributes to economic empowerment and poverty alleviation by ensuring that small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) are exposed to work experiences that would otherwise not have been possible,” said Welekazi Ndika, SANRAL Southern Region’s stakeholder coordinator.

Ndika further provided an overview of the projects located within the municipality.

The road improvement project on the N2 from Nqadu to Mzeke River and Dan’s Lodge, which started in July 2020, has created 330 jobs and 65 SMMEs have been subcontracted to date. The scope of work includes the upgrading of the road, building a pedestrian bridge at Mhlakulo and safety measures at Lurhasini. The anticipated project completion date is July 2023.

Other projects planned for the municipality include:

  • A community development project and small contractor training and development on the N2 Section 19 between Mzeke River (km 55.9) and Mt Frere (km 92.4) Phase 2. The project is located in the Mhlontlo and Umzimvubu Local Municipalities. The tender for the main contractor will be let during the current financial year.
  • The Routine Road Maintenance (RRM) of the National Route N2 Section 19 from (km 0.00) to Section 20 (km 69.35) and the National Route R396 Section 6 from (km 39.31) to (km 61.18). The project is located in the King Sabata Dalinyebo, Nyandeni, Mhlontlo and Umzimvubu Local Municipalities. The tender is currently in the evaluation phase.
  • The Special Maintenance of the R396 from Maclear to the N2 near Tsolo. The main contractor has not yet been appointed and the project is in the design assessment phase. The project is located in the Mhlontlo and Elundini Local Municipalities. It is anticipated that the construction tender will be advertised in August 2023.
  • The road improvement project on the N2 from Mbokotwana River to Qumbu is in Mhlontlo Local Municipality. The main contractor has not yet been appointed and the project is in the detail design stage. It is anticipated that the project will commence in September 2023.
  • The construction of a one-way system inside Qumbu is in the design phase. The project is located in the Mhlontlo Local Municipality. The main contractor has not yet been appointed.

Xoliswa Chubana, SANRAL Southern Region’s Community Development Specialist, spoke about the agency’s 14 Point Plan, as well the formation of the Project Liaison Committees (PLC). SANRAL also shared information about its continuing role in infrastructure development and job creation and skills development.

The video of the Roundtable Discussion can be found here: https://we.tl/t-aF9uqAzuTL

N3 UPGRADE FROM CATO RIDGE INTERCHANGE TO DARDANELLES

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 N3 UPGRADE FROM CATO RIDGE INTERCHANGE TO DARDANELLES

Pietermaritzburg, 6 July 2022 – The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) commenced construction work for the upgrade of National Route N3 Section 2, from the Cato Ridge Interchange (km 20.2) to the northern end of the Dardanelles Cutting (km 26.6) on 14 April 2021. This project is in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in the district municipality of uMgungundlovu and local municipalities of eThekwini and Mkhambathini. SANRAL has appointed Nyeleti Consulting as the consulting engineer for supervision of the works and Raubex Construction as the main contractor.

This 48-month construction project will see the upgrade of the existing 6.4km four-lane dual carriageway widened to an eight-lane dual carriageway with outer shoulders and a median in between. A road-over rail bridge will be extended to accommodate the widening of the road. The upgrade will include lighting along the 6.4 km and the installation of culverts. The R103 provincial road, which runs next to the N3 will also be upgraded. A new section of R103 will be constructed alongside the N3 on the southern side between the Camperdown Interchange and the existing R103 overpass just south of the Camperdown Interchange.

Rock outcrops encountered in the vicinity of km 22,3 near the Camperdown Overpass Bridge need to be removed through blasting to allow for the construction of the stormwater system and the pavement layers. Rolling closures will be implemented on the N3 national roads in both directions between Umlaas Road Interchange and Cato Ridge Interchange to minimise the delay of the traffic on the N3 national road during blasting. Temporary road closures in the vicinity of the Overpass Bridge will be erected on the R103 and on the on-ramps at Cato Ridge Interchange and Camperdown Interchange will be temporarily closed during the blast. The road closures would not delay public traffic for more than 10 minutes.

The blasting shall be carried out on Tuesday, 12 July 2022 at 11h00, and on Thursday, 14 July 2022 at 11h00 should a second blast be required. All closures shall immediately be removed as soon as the site of blasting has been declared safe.

The speed limit along the route has been reduced to 80km/hr to improve safety for the construction team and road users. Lane closures, to permit construction vehicles from safely entering and exiting the work zone, can be expected at night and the public will be informed in advance of such activity.

Delays are expected as a result of the reduced speed limit. Motorists are advised to plan their trips carefully and be vigilant along the road during their travels.

Blasting scheduled at Belstone Interchange

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Immediate
Blasting scheduled at Belstone Interchange

Eastern Cape, 5 July 2022: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) wishes to advise travellers that controlled blasting is scheduled to take place at the new Belstone Interchange in King Williams Town at 3pm today, Tuesday, 5 July 2022.

The blasting operation will be next to the road to Bhisho, and the road will be closed for approximately 30 minutes. The MR0688 and Joubert Street will be closed.
“Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly and to use caution when making use of the roads,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Regional Manager.

SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused.

First labourers on site for Thembalethu Bridge upgrade

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 First labourers on site for Thembalethu Bridge upgrade

 Western Cape,1 July 2022 – With 23 local labourers recently having completed basic training, half the group are already actively working on the construction of the Thembalethu Bridge in George.

The first group is currently busy with trenching for the relocation of services, while the second group will soon start with traffic accommodation.

Following a series of engagements with communities in Thembalethu, Zone 9, and Conville, the project is off to a good start. “We made a public commitment that no SANRAL project will take off without significant stakeholder engagement. Having done the legwork, we are optimistic about the opportunities that this project can deliver to the people of George,” said Petronella Theron, SANRAL Project Manager.

Given the magnitude of unemployment in the area, sessions were arranged for CVs to be submitted at three venues across George on separate days. The contractor then, in the presence of community members, randomly drew CVs from the boxes, for the first batch of labourers to be trained, before they commenced work on the project. A comprehensive database of more than 1800 names was compiled, using all the CVs that were submitted and going forward, the contractor will draw names for local labor from that database, as and when additional labour is needed on the project.

Meetings were also held with the business community, where SMMEs were informed of the subcontracting packages that would be advertised, and what they would need to be eligible to tender.

Bongani Tonisi of Creamillion (Pty) Ltd, a local construction company in George, was highly appreciative of the information session and the detailed project specs that were shared. “This is a big project that will bring huge opportunities for small businesses. We are looking at experience that we will gain, economic growth of the region, and job creation, especially for the youth of this community,” said Tonisi.

Special attention was also given to ensuring the Project Liaison Committee (PLC) was effectively constituted with individuals that would ultimately take the project information they receive and share that with all their constituents across the various communities in George.

The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) is one of the latest additions to the PLC and their members were hugely supportive of the project and the opportunities it represents for the people of George. “As an organisation represented on the PLC, we will take the information back to the communities. The role of the PLC is also to oversee the subcontracting and job creation opportunities to ensure they are done transparently and in a fair manner,” said Mzimkhulu Maboza of SANCO.

Infrastructure development represents a healthy boost to our economy, and we are very pleased with the job opportunities for the unemployed as well as the upskilling of small contractors, through the training and capacity building that comes with participating on a SANRAL project,” said Alderman Leon Van Wyk, Executive Mayor of George.

This project is a collaborative venture between SANRAL and the George Local Municipality, with the National Department of Transport having provided R82,127 million towards the funding of the project. SANRAL is the implementing agent working closely with the George Municipality.

The scope of works involves the widening of the Thembalethu Bridge across the N2 from a single carriageway to accommodate two lanes in each direction, with additional turning lanes as well as extra space for pedestrians and cyclists.

“A new bridge will be constructed on the Western side. Once completed, the existing bridge will be raised and stitched to the new bridge, to ensure that the upgraded structure complies with the minimum bridge clearance of 5.2 meters,” explained SANRAL’s Theron.

Construction started in May and is expected to be completed towards the end of 2024.

SANRAL appoints DBSA to deliver on cancelled tenders

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SANRAL appoints DBSA to deliver on cancelled tenders

Pretoria, 30 June 2022 – The Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, and the Board of the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) today announced that an agreement has been reached with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) to act as the infrastructure procurement and delivery management support agency on five strategic projects whose awards the Board declined to approve last month.

Minister Mbalula said that, on 23 May 2022, SANRAL “took the nation into confidence on the precautionary measures it took, when it declined to award a number of tenders as a result of lapses in the due process. The Board of SANRAL is bound by its fiduciary duties which, amongst others, enjoin it to act with fidelity, honesty, integrity and in the best interest of the company at all times.

“Turning a blind eye to what would have resulted in irregular expenditure and possible litigation, that would have held up some of these projects in courts for years, would have amounted to dereliction of duty on the part of the Board.
“In appreciating the strategic nature of the affected projects and their importance in giving momentum to economic reconstruction and recovery, I have impressed on the Board the need to move with speed in addressing the anomalies and award these tenders in a manner that is transparent and fair.

“I am pleased that the Board has moved with the necessary speed to address the due process lapses, with a clear plan on how to finalise the award of these tenders within the shortest possible time.

“We have traversed a hard road in the aftermath of state capture and irregular award of tenders in some of our entities, and acts of downright malfeasance in others, which include PRASA and ACSA. The efforts to restore the integrity of our institutions and rebuild the hollowed out capacity has been painstaking at best.

“The hard lesson we have learnt from this ordeal is to remain vigilant and stop creeping lawlessness, greed and corruption dead on its tracks.

“Our electoral mandate is premised on a commitment that we will forge ahead on our march to a better South Africa through service delivery that is responsive to the needs and aspirations of our people. We are under no illusion that the road ahead requires us to be resolute and give practical expression to accelerated service delivery. Our efforts to eliminate fruitless and wasteful expenditure and reduce irregular expenditure require of us and all our entities to put in place early warning system to detect and regularize actions that may otherwise result in irregular expenditure or costly litigation.

“The Board, through its oversight mechanism, identified the flouting of due process and moved with speed to act, in order to preserve the integrity of the tenders. Good governance is a cornerstone of efficient service delivery and for that reason, we will always keep governance on our radar and expect quarterly reports to include governance by of our entities.

“In appreciating the importance of the projects affected by the non-award of the tenders, SANRAL has taken steps to ensure that we move with speed in addressing the lapses and reach the point of award speedily.

“In conclusion, the King IV Code on Corporate Governance is applicable to SANRAL like all other state-owned public entities listed in Schedules 2 and 3 of the PFMA. In internalizing the principles outlined in the SOE Sector Supplement of the Code, the Board as an accounting authority, must serve as a focal point and custodian of corporate governance at SANRAL.”
The SANRAL Board Chairperson, Mr Themba Mhambi, said: “It must be noted that the DBSA was not in any way involved in the design, cost estimation and tender documentation stages of the cancelled tenders. This should reassure all interested parties and the public about the integrity and independence of the new procurement processes for the projects. DBSA’s profile and record in regard to matters of this nature speaks for itself”.

The Board’s announcement follows a media briefing on 23 May 2022 where the Board provided “information and facts pertaining to our recent resolution not to approve the then intended awarding of five tenders collectively worth around R17billion”.
At that media briefing the SANRAL Board had “outlined the reasons for our decision, the objective being to demonstrate the rationality thereof and take the nation into our confidence. In summary, reasons behind the cancellation of those tenders were: our obligation to ensure proper corporate governance, the requirement to comply with internal controls, the responsibility to conduct procurement in line with legislative, regulatory and policy prescripts; and the need to enforce subcontracting aimed at SMME development, black economic empowerment, and transformation as envisaged by government policy.

“Of course, some of the entities which had submitted tenders were infuriated by our decision, and some of them went on a national media and political offensive to portray us as nincompoops to be pilloried. None, however, has thus far proven us wrong in terms of our reasons. The reason for that is that our reasons were, and continue to be, right and in the best interests of SANRAL, good governance, the construction industry itself, and the people of South Africa.

“One area in which we and our detractors agreed was that the non-awarding of those tenders was a setback in terms of time. It meant a delay in the implementation of the projects intended by the tenders in the first place. Mindful of that, and concerned about the country’s economic recovery, the construction industry’s need for business, SMME development, and job creation, as SANRAL we resolved to accelerate the required readvertisement and awarding of the tenders. We therefore set ourselves a four-month deadline during which, we told the country, the tenders would be readvertised, evaluated, adjudicated, and awarded.”

SANRAL’s Acting CEO, Lehlohonolo Memeza, said the scope of the services to be rendered by the DBSA includes the evaluation of compliance, technical and financial aspects of relevant tenders, as well as providing independent construction management oversight throughout the construction period of the projects emanating from the tenders.

“The procurement phase of the identified projects is characterised by, inter alia, the following key stages or activities the establishment of the required team, a review of tender documents prior to the invitation of bids, submission of the tender documents for relevant approval, the invitation of bids, the management and handling of tender briefing sessions, the opening and recording of bids received, the determination of the completeness or incompleteness of the bids, the determination of the responsiveness of the bids, the evaluation of the bids, risk analysis, development of bid evaluation and adjudication reports, recommendation of bidders for appointment, and awarding of the tenders

All the above procurement phases will be subjected to probity checks.

The planned timeline for the execution of this phase of the work is:
• In June, there will be a Procurement Project Inception Meeting and the development of a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA).
• In July and August, the project team will be mobilised and information gathered, there will be a review of bid specifications, the approval of bid specifications and adverts, the advertisement of tenders, the receipt of bids, bid evaluation and bid adjudication. “Interested parties are therefore advised that the adverts for the tenders will be released during the course of July and they should therefore be on the lookout for them.
• In September, there will be the submission of bid evaluation and adjudication report to SANRAL, SANRAL Board consideration of recommendations, followed by the awarding of the tenders.

“Once the tenders are awarded and SANRAL’s Project Managers and Consultants begin to supervise contractor performance and project delivery, the DBSA’s role will change to project oversight on behalf of the Board, with regular reporting to the Board to ensure that these projects receive ongoing Board monitoring and support.

“Our procurement and implementation plan for these projects is therefore well and truly back on track, and we wish to reassure the nation that it shall be executed meticulously and with the independence and integrity required. We call upon the industry to join us in running an impeccable process whose results shall be in the best interest of SANRAL, the industry itself and the country as we jointly deliver on our road infrastructure development mandate and commitment to the nation,” said Memeza.

SANRAL leads KZN road repairs

After the torrential rains and flooding that swept through KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) in April, leading to President Cyril Ramaphosa declaring a national state of disaster in the province, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula tasked SANRAL to be the lead agency in rebuilding the road infrastructure, starting with an immediate focus on the N2 and N3 freeways.

SANRAL has allocated R3.1 billion to infrastructure repair projects, with KZN reprioritising its budget to reroute R2.6 billion to the repairs. Assessment by SANRAL engineers and representatives of the KZN Department of Transport enabled repairs to be prioritised where communities were completely cut off or forced to use the national roads and incur costs.

A section of the N2 was closed, and a temporary lane was constructed to get the northbound carriageway reopened and also to get contractors onto site to start reconstruction. “For areas that were badly affected and that require extensive work, this will be undertaken via emergency procurement. The procurement will prioritise the use of black suppliers and service providers in SANRAL’s quest for transformation in the construction industry,” said SANRAL’s Eastern Region Manager Dumisani Nkabinde.

 

Mbalula warned that repairs would not translate into immediate reopening of roads or railway lines, because the level of damage requires construction and rehabilitation that may take months to complete. SANRAL is doing everything in its power to expedite matters – but in some cases repair will take a month, while in others it could take six months or longer from the date of award to the contractor.

SANRAL’s Board made a resolution to suspend payment of toll fees at the oThongathi and Mvoti Plazas on the N2 toll route, at an estimated cost of R400 million over 18 months, to assist communities affected by closure of alternative routes damaged by the floods.

Safe System approach drives road safety

SANRAL plays a vital role in designing, constructing and maintaining a road traffic system that works to reduce human error and minimise crashes. SANRAL’s Engineering for Road Safety lead and project manager for the Eastern Region, Jason Lowe, describes the agency’s Safe System model.

All stakeholders in road safety are agreed that it is unacceptable that so many South Africans are being seriously injured or killed on our roads. This is also the premise at the heart of an approach to road safety that has been adopted by roads agencies across the globe, including SANRAL: the Safe System model.

The strength of the Safe System approach lies in its emphasis on our shared responsibility for road safety. To eliminate deaths and serious injuries requires everyone – from road users and policymakers to transport planners, vehicle manufacturers, infrastructure designers and roads agencies like SANRAL – to play their part.

The need for action is urgent, and the Safe System approach offers an effective framework for changing things through data-driven, evidence-based interventions. By leveraging innovation in infrastructure and our growing understanding of the human factors that influence risky behaviours, we can create a road system that protects lives and prevents injuries.

Many crashes are the result of risky behaviours and traffic violations, but others are caused by errors of perception and judgement. A road environment that guides user behaviour reduces the potential for mistakes, and is more forgiving when mistakes are made. This can vastly improve road safety outcomes.

An important aspect of the Safe System model is ensuring that engineering and design features encourage vehicles to operate at safe and appropriate speeds. Global evidence shows that speed deterrents, speed cameras and various traffic-calming measures can have a significant safety impact.

Last year the International Road Federation (IRF) officially recognised the agency’s road safety engineering efforts and awarded SANRAL the 2020 ‘Find a Way’ Global Road Safety Award.

 

In recent years, a number of SANRAL projects, such as the upgrades at various major intersections in Kimberley in the Northern Cape and the upgrade of the Moloto Road that spans Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo, have incorporated speed-calming measures. Installation of traffic circles in place of traditional intersections with traffic lights, for example, has reduced approach speeds and the potential for high-speed collisions.

Other aspects of road safety engineering prioritised on recent SANRAL projects include the widening and realignment of roads to allow for wider recovery areas and safer overtaking opportunities, while eliminating blind rises.

The Safe System approach also places emphasis on vulnerable road users such as pedestrians – who account for 35% to 40% of all road deaths in South Africa. SANRAL prioritises infrastructure that improves accessibility and safety for pedestrians, and
increases their visibility, such as pedestrian sidewalks, crossings, bridges and street lighting.

To end deaths and serious injuries on our roads, we need interventions that target the ways in which drivers and other road users interact with that environment. For this, we need behaviour change. Road user behaviour is a key pillar of the Safe System approach. Behavioural challenges such as distraction, substance abuse and failure to comply with the rules of the road – among drivers, pedestrians and other road users – all contribute to our road safety crisis.

Behavioural change interventions offer an important and often cost-effective way of addressing these. We need to better understand the complex factors underlying individual behaviour – and then design targeted, context-appropriate behavioural solutions.

Gathering data about road user behaviour is critical to this. Across the country, SANRAL’s growing Freeway Management System (FMS) captures valuable real-time information that can help optimise interventions and direct resources. SANRAL is also spearheading several research projects to better understand behaviour in specific locations and geographic areas. The outcomes will inform future engineering interventions.

Such an intelligence-led, data-driven approach to road safety is critical, but we can only unlock its full potential through effective partnerships across all sectors of society.

By coordinating our efforts in this way, we can achieve SANRAL’s vision of better, safer roads for all.

SMMEs gain from Kokstad Interchange project

Construction of the R563.50 million Kokstad Interchange, which includes the construction of a new Traffic Control Centre to house Kokstad-based members of the Road Traffic Inspectorate, is well under way. At least R169 million of the value of the work will be subcontracted to small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs), while just over R45 million will be spent on local labour.

The Kokstad Interchange is located along the R56 provincial route, from the existing intersection with the N2 to Kokstad town centre, a section of approximately 2km. The project is in the Harry Gwala Municipality and Greater Kokstad Local Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal.

“The upgrade will separate the N2 and the R56 and increase capacity, while significantly improving the level of service for the next 30 years,” said SANRAL’s Eastern Region Project Manager Mohamed Parak.

This project involves construction of a new interchange on the N2, section 21 (km 6.4) to replace the existing intersection of the N2 with the R56. The proposed interchange comprises a new three-span bridge which will carry traffic on the R56 over the N2 towards Kokstad or south towards Mthatha.

This project also includes widening an existing river bridge on the N2, extension of two existing box culverts, and construction of five new box culverts and a new agricultural underpass. It also involves realignment and upgrade of approximately 2km of the R56 towards Kokstad town centre. A new service road parallel to the R56 for approximately 1.4km will be constructed to serve existing businesses that access the R56 directly.

“In addition, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport has partnered with SANRAL to include the construction of a new Traffic Control Centre as part of this project, to house Kokstad-based members of the Provincial Road Traffic Inspectorate and to have a facility to monitor and enforce overload control,” added Parak.

Works related to the Traffic Control Centre and the R56 beyond the SANRAL road reserve are funded by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport through a signed Memorandum of Agreement.