Eastern Cape, 31 October 2021 – More than 200 small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) attended a two-day information sharing session hosted by the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL). The event was aimed at equipping the SMMEs with the necessary information required for them to complete documents for upcoming tenders on the N2 Wild Coast Road Project.

The sessions were held on Wednesday, 27 October 2021 at the Wild Coast Sun Hotel in Mzamba and on Thursday, 28 October 2021 at the Health Resource Centre in Lusikisiki.

Ncumisa Dlamini, the owner of Sigidi Development, said the events added value: “The sessions outlined what I needed to hear about SANRAL’s projects, upcoming packages, as well as the channels that I can use for tendering”.

Nwabisa Gxumisa, SANRAL’s Wild Coast District Office Manager, says the sessions reached their intended objectives: “We informed SMMEs about our upcoming opportunities, explained our transformation policy and our ongoing transformation endeavours, and we also discussed our procurement tender processes”.

Presenting at the sessions, Craig McLachlan, SANRAL’s lead Project Manager on the N2WCR Project, said the events also fulfilled government’s overall aim to extend economic opportunities and build entrepreneurship capacity in rural and underdevelopment communities across the country. He outlined the agency’s second tier procurement processes and its 14 Point Plan, as well as the role of Project Liaison Committees (PLC) on SANRAL projects.

SANRAL will advertise three upcoming tenders in Mpondoland. These are for the rehabilitation of Ingquza Hill Memorial Road, upgrading of roads within Ntlavukazi village in Lambasi, as well as surfacing of Section DR8004 from the R61 to Bambisana Hospital.

The tender for Package 5 for the Ingquza Hill Memorial Road was published on Friday, 29 October 2021, the tender for Package 4 the Ntlavukazi village roads will be advertised on Friday, 5 November, and Package 2 for the DR8004 road will be advertised on Friday, 12 November 2021. “It is anticipated that all three tenders will be awarded mid-2022. Potential Bidders must download document from SANRAL website and register to receive a link to virtual Tender briefings. All three tenders will be for SMMEs and will be labour intensive,” said McLachlan.