Planned RRM projects for Limpopo municipalities

SANRAL will invest some R415m on for routine road maintenance (RRM) projects in Limpopo for the 2019/2020 financial year to ensure the maintenance and sustainability of quality roads.

These RRM projects bring opportunities for SMMEs and promote socio-economic development, which enables communities to enjoy long-term economic benefits from projects.

According to Thabo Mahlakwana, SANRAL Project Manager, many blackowned companies in the construction and maintenance sectors have received their first experience working on SANRAL projects. The training and empowerment programmes that come with RRM projects enables them to be eligible for larger and more complex contracts in the future.

Twenty-one projects will be rolled-out in the 2020/2021 financial year. They will be in the following municipalities:

Capricorn District

  • Blouberg
  • Lepelle-Nkumpi
  • Molemole
  • Polokwane

Mopane District

  • Ba-Phalaborwa
  • Greater Giyani
  • Greater Letaba
  • Greater Tzaneen
  • Maruleng

Sekhukhune District

  • Elias Motsoaledi
  • Ephraim Mogale
  • Fetakgomo Tubatse
  • Makhuduthamaga

Vhembe District

  • Makhado
  • Musina
  • Giyani
  • Thulamel

Waterberg District

  • Bela-Bela
  • Lephalale
  • Modimolle-Mookgophong
  • Mogalakwena
  • Thabazimbi

Taking SANRAL to
Elias Motsoaledi

Earlier this year, SANRAL, together with local leadership held a stakeholder engagement where discussions around the empowerment of local small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs) took place.

Guided by its Transformation Policy, SANRAL’s Northern Region manager, Progress Hlahla said that local small business owners will benefit from upcoming road upgrades and routine maintenance projects. 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.

Hlahla also reminded attendees that SANRAL is committed to providing opportunities for small contractors that have limited experience – a pertinent matter raised by stakeholders. This is done through community development projects such as access roads.

“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 skill levels through these projects, they are able to take on larger projects and contribute to the country’s drive towards job creation,” says Hlahla.

Elias Motsoaledi Local Municipality Executive Mayor, Cllr Julia Mathebe, added that she was grateful that SANRAL had chosen to improve the infrastructure in the Elias Motsoaledi municipality.

Construction of the R81 underway

Work has started on the improvement of the national road R81 from Munnik to Ga-Sekgopo in Limpopo. The project, worth R141m, commenced on 5 August 2019 and is scheduled for completion in 18 months.

The work entails the rehabilitation of the existing road pavement, the widening of the roadway in the mountain pass,

of paved shoulders, the widening of a bridge and the demolition of another bridge in half widths whilst a new bridge is being constructed in half widths next to the old bridge.

The roadway is widened slightly whilst pedestrian sidewalks are added to the bridges. Pedestrian sidewalks will also be provided over certain lengths of the road.

Lonerock Construction was appointed by SANRAL following an open tender process. The contract requires it to increase the local targeted enterprise participation to 30%.

The project will help to bring business and labour opportunities, especially to those from the Greater Letaba Municipality – prioritising women and youth (under the age of 35).