Skhumbuzo Macozoma

SANRAL is committed to delivering good-quality road infrastructure to stimulate the economy and develop communities throughout South Africa.
The national roads agency’s positive impact on society through community development is also becoming deeper and more appreciated as its responsibilities for the management of the national road network continue to grow.
SANRAL manages a total of 22 197km of the national road network and more than 6 500 major culverts and bridges.
The SANRAL national road network in the Free State is comprised of 879km of non-toll roads and 698km of toll roads.
Some major upgrade projects recently completed in the Free State are the N1 Trompsburg to Fonteintjie, N1 Sydenham to Glen Lyon and the N8 Bloemspruit to Sannaspos. Other major projects include quarrying for material to be used on the N1, construction on the N1 Ventersburg to Kroonstad and N1 Winburg to Winburg Station.
It is compulsory for all SANRAL projects to ensure skills transfer and participation by SMMEs, especially women-owned enterprises.
SANRAL’s new long-term strategy, Horizon 2030, along with its draft Transformation Policy, recognise the contribution we can make to economic development through the provision and maintenance of critical infrastructure.
To this end, SANRAL will use its procurement and supply chain processes to transform the construction industry, break down monopolies and advance the broad participation of black-owned contractors and suppliers.
Future contracts will set requirements for the use of labour sourced from local communities and favour
the procurement of locally-developed materials, equipment and technology.

In the field of education, SANRAL has a scholarship programme for learners from Grades 10 to 12 who perform specifically well in maths and science.
Last year, 20 learners from various secondary schools around Bloemfontein were awarded SANRAL scholarships aimed at enabling learners to make it through Matric and enrol for tertiary education.
At tertiary level, SANRAL also offers bursaries to capable students who have the potential to become South Africa’s next generation of civil engineers.

In this way, the agency is developing local talent and contributing to the sustainability of our future intellectual and physical infrastructure.

In an effort to ensure that South African students measure up to international standards in the mathematical world, SANRAL continues to sponsor a Chair in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education at the University of the Free State.

Skhumbuzo Macozoma is SANRAL’s CEO

Sam Mashinini

AS A landlocked province, surrounded by six provinces and the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, roads are the arteries through which the economic lifeblood of the Free State flows. Linking producers to markets, workers to jobs, students to school and the sick to hospitals, roads are vital for the Free State’s socio-economic development agenda.
Five major routes bisect and encircle the province, which has in excess of 6 730km of surfaced roads and approximately 22 000km of gravel road.
The department of police, roads and transport (DPRT) is responsible for the promotion of accessibility and mobility, including a safe, integrated road network that is environmentally sensitive.
In its efforts to address joblessness and poverty, the department has embarked on a contractor development programme to support emerging contractors on road building projects, with a special

emphasis on youth and women empowerment. A grass-cutting programme was also initiated and so far 36 grass-cutting learner contractors have been appointed and trained. The Contractor Development and Grass-cutting Programmes have created approximately 1 400 job opportunities.
While the Free State DPRT has budgeted R2.7bn for the 2017/18 financial year, the biggest chunk has gone toward the improvement of the road network.
More than R1.2bn has been set aside for road maintenance. Three critical roads – the Bultfontein/ Welkom, Bethlehem/Reitz and Jim Fouche/ Deneysville roads – are being resealed to increase their lifespan. Furthermore, roads in all five districts throughout the province are being re-graveled.
Many sections of SANRAL’s national roads in the Free State are undergoing upgrades and maintenance.
SANRAL and the DPRT are investing billions into the Free State’s major routes to ensure they are safe and convenient for pedestrians and motorists alike.

All SANRAL and DPRT projects incorporate transformation and participation imperatives to ensure the construction industry plays a role in job creation. Contractors must create jobs within communities living within close proximity to the projects.

Thousands of jobs have been created, training has been provided to unskilled workers and particular emphasis has been placed on ensuring women, youth and the disabled are provided with opportunities to benefit from DPRT projects.

It is also encouraging that SANRAL has supported the University of the Free State through the establishment a Chair in Mathematics, because the economy has such a big need for students with a high ability in this subject.

Sam Mashinini is the Free State MEC
for Police, Roads and Transport