SANRAL projects to create jobs for local residents in Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Municipality
Limpopo, 10 June 2022 – The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) hosted a stakeholder information sharing session in the Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Municipality on Wednesday, 8 June 2022. SANRAL uses the information sessions to strengthen communication with stakeholders and consult in a timely manner regarding project-related activities from which local communities can benefit.
During the session, stakeholders raised questions regarding the principles of project liaison, subcontracting and labour sourcing systems in SANRAL projects. Stakeholders noted that there should be a coordinated approach between SANRAL and the local municipality in the formation of Project Liaison Committee (PLC) structures, and that the process should be inclusive and transparent.
SANRAL Stakeholder Coordinator, Moloko Masenya highlighted that SANRAL is guided by the Intergovernmental Relations Framework Act to work with the municipality each time projects are implemented locally. One of the project-related activities in which SANRAL receives guidance from the municipality is on the formation of PLC structures. The formation of PLCs is applied in a fair and transparent manner and according to the PLC guidelines.
“The important task for SANRAL is to deliver value to South African citizens and road users through the successful implementation of quality road infrastructure and to positively have an impact on communities where we work by creating jobs for local communities and subcontracting opportunities for local SMMEs,” she said.
SANRAL Project Manager in the Northern Region, Evelyn Sambo said SANRAL projects will create jobs for local labour and training for unskilled labour in Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Municipality.
“While we build national roads as SANRAL, we make sure that the members of the community are given job opportunities to be part of the road infrastructure development and benefit from it. Over and above the main contractors, we also ensure that sub-contractors are selected from the local area to help SANRAL build and maintain the national roads.”
The Executive Mayor of the Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Municipality, Honourable Marlene van Stranden, welcomed SANRAL’s initiative to engage stakeholders. She noted that this initiative presents an opportunity for stakeholders within the local municipality to be well informed about all SANRAL’s current and future projects and it assists SMMEs to prepare themselves for tendering opportunities.
“As Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Municipality, we rely on partnerships that will create much-needed job opportunities for locals. SANRAL is bringing a number of projects in our municipality, not only will these projects yield opportunities for employment and subcontracting, but they will upgrade our roads, meaning that all the tourists and some of the stakeholders who travel on the roads will travel safely,” she said.
The following projects have been earmarked for execution:
Routine Road Maintenance (RRM)
There are currently three RRM projects affecting Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Municipality. The duration of these is 36 months and they are estimated to cost between R40 million to R50 million each. Opportunities for subcontracting RRM projects include the clearing and grubbing, protection against erosion and erection of guardrails.
- Routine Road Maintenance of National Roads N11 from the Ephraim Mogale Municipal Boundary to Mogalakwena Municipal Boundary, R33 from N11 Intersection to Modimolle, and R101 from Middelfontein to Mogalakwena Municipal Boundary.
- Non-Toll Routine Road Maintenance of National Roads R101 from Bela-Bela to Middelfontein, R516 from Thabazimbi Municipal Boundary to Bela-Bela, R520 from Lephalale Municipal Boundary to R33 Intersection at Vaalwater, and R33 From Modimolle to Lephalale Municipal Boundary.
- Routine Road Maintenance of National Roads N1 Section 23 from Bela-Bela to Cyferfontein, N1 Section 24 from Cyferfontein to Middelfontein, N1 Section 25 from Middelfontein to Rielvlei.
There are currently four upgrade projects affecting Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Municipality. The projects are in the detailed design phase. Opportunities for subcontracting on these projects include road reserve fencing, extension of existing pipe culverts and erection of guardrails, road markings and road signs.
- Improvement of National Road R101 Section 8 from Bela Bela to Modimolle. Construction planned to start in January 2023 and is estimated to cost R600 million.
- Improvement of National Road R33 Section 12 from N1 to Section 13 in Modimolle. Construction planned to start in April 2023 and is estimated to cost R272 million.
- Improvement of National Road R33 Section 13 from Modimolle to Wittklip. Construction planned to start late 2023 and is estimated to cost R190 million.
- Upgrading of Vaalwater Town. Construction planned to start in April 2023 and is estimated to cost R150 million.
SANRAL will continue to provide and manage a safe national road network to enable and contribute to economic growth and social development.