R oad construction and maintenance programmes across the country contribute greatly to socio-economic transformation, job creation and poverty reduction in communities. At all its projects SANRAL ensures that its construction activities add social value to communities living in proximity to the road. Blackowned small-,medium-and micro-enterprises (SMMEs) are prioritised for sub-contracts on all construction and road maintenance projects, while preference is given to local companies for the supply of materials and services.
Moreover, SANRAL creates social value to society through:
In the past year, SANRAL provided 1 886 opportunities for SMMEs to participate in road construction, rehabilitation and maintenance projects. Black-owned enterprises received 77% of the R3bn allocated for such projects.
This created 36 678 work opportunities, of which 57% were filled by young people under the age of 35. One in four of the jobs were taken up by women.
Support to universities to train engineering professionals, conduct research and develop initiatives to improve outcomes in maths and science teaching
employed. The intention is to equip individuals with skills that can later be used to find employment in the wider construction and engineering sectors. In 2017/18 some 3 421 workers benefited from 6 237 training courses offered.
Through these initiatives, SANRAL makes valuable contributions to the alleviation of major social and economic challenges in the country. Social transformation is part of SANRAL’s core business and its activities contribute to the national efforts to address widespread poverty, high unemployment and extreme inequality.
BUILDING SOUTH AFRICA THROUGH BETTER ROADS
People's Guide 2018