SANRAL PUBLISHES PROPOSED INTERIM PREFERENTIAL PROCUREMENT POLICY (PPP) AND BEGINS CONSULTATIONS WITH STAKEHOLDERS
Pretoria, 30 October 2023 – The South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) has issued a proposed Interim Preferential Procurement Policy (PPP) which is open for comment for a period of three (3) weeks from today, 30 October 2023, until 17 November 2023. The document can be found on SANRAL’s website (www.nra.co.za) and various social media platforms. Embedded within the policy document is an email address (email@example.com) to enable stakeholders to submit their comments.
SANRAL will also on Tuesday, 31 October 2023, start conducting a series of engagements at various venues throughout the country to consult stakeholders on the proposed PPP. The first of the stakeholder engagement sessions will take place at SANRAL’s Western Region office in Belville, Cape Town, and will also be linked virtually to venues in Pacaltsdorp, George, in the Southern Cape and also in Kimberley in the Northern Cape. SANRAL’s Western Region spans the provinces of Western Cape and Northern Cape.
In addition, SANRAL will conduct stakeholder engagement sessions, at which senior SANRAL managers will be present, in all other provinces as part of a PPP Roadshow over the next few weeks. Stakeholders should be on the lookout for dates and venues of the sessions in their regions/provinces. These will also be published on SANRAL’s online platforms.
The decision to withdraw SANRAL’s new Preferential Procurement Policy which came into effect in May 2023 was taken by the Board last Monday, 23 October 2023, after careful consideration of the legal challenges to the policy launched by construction companies in various courts across the country.
These legal challenges would have prevented SANRAL from processing tenders worth billions of Rands, with significant negative consequences for the economy, as well as thousands of construction-related jobs.
The main purpose of the stakeholder engagement meetings is to enable SANRAL to receive inputs and contributions from interested and affected stakeholders on the proposed Interim PPP.
SANRAL urges all relevant stakeholders to participate in this consultative process to facilitate a speedy resolution to any potential obstacles that would delay the roads agency from meeting its mandate to build and maintain the country’s road infrastructure network and pursue its transformation objectives.