SANRAL Mak­ing In­roads in Lim­popo

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The key man­date of the South African Na­tional Roads Agency Lim­ited (SANRAL) is to build, up­grade and main­tain na­tional road in­fra­struc­ture in South Africa. SANRAL is an im­por­tant part­ner of the Roads Agency Lim­popo (RAL). RAL has been man­dated by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment to man­age, con­trol, plan, de­velop and main­tain the pro­vin­cial road net­work.

In 2014, the prov­ince trans­ferred some re­gional roads to SANRAL. The na­tional roads agency now man­ages two ‘N’ roads and 23 ‘R’ roads in Lim­popo Prov­ince.

There are sev­eral rea­sons for trans­fer­ring roads to SANRAL, in­formed by the prov­ince’s strat­egy in road in­fra­struc­ture plan­ning and pro­vi­sion.

Ac­cord­ing to Progress Hlahla, SANRAL’s man­ager for the North­ern Re­gion, the trans­fer of roads is usu­ally done af­ter the prov­ince makes a for­mal re­quest to the Min­is­ter of Trans­port to take over cer­tain roads.

“The roads to be taken over are then gazetted to in­form the pub­lic of the change of own­er­ship. Once these roads are trans­ferred to SANRAL, we can main­tain them go­ing for­ward,” says Mr Hlahla.

RAL Head of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Maropeng Manyathela said that it is clear from the stake­holder en­gage­ments that RAL par­tic­i­pates in that the pub­lic is un­aware of who man­ages which parts of the road net­work in Lim­popo.

“It’s im­por­tant for our peo­ple to un­der­stand how roads in South Africa are cat­e­gorised,” said Mr Manyathela.

“It is not only im­por­tant to un­der­stand the dis­tinc­tions, but also to know who to ap­proach when you have a par­tic­u­lar prob­lem.”

“We are one gov­ern­ment and if the com­mu­nity comes to the RAL about mu­nic­i­pal roads or na­tional roads, we have to take con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion and con­sult our coun­ter­parts in the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties or at the na­tional level so that we can help.”

The cur­rent length of Lim­popo’s pro­vin­cial road net­work is 98 399km, of which 74 757km is main­tained by mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties (lo­cal gov­ern­ment), 19 997km is main­tained by RAL (pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment) and 3 645km by SANRAL (na­tional gov­ern­ment).

Mu­nic­i­pal roads (com­monly re­ferred to as Street, Drive, Av­enue, Cres­cent etc) are man­aged by mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties. Big­ger met­ros, such as the City of Jo­han­nes­burg, have en­ti­ties such as the Jo­han­nes­burg Roads Agency to man­age their roads.

Pro­vin­cial roads fall un­der the pro­vin­cial de­part­ments re­spon­si­ble for road in­fra­struc­ture. Lim­popo has RAL un­der the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works, Roads and In­fra­struc­ture, which man­ages all pro­vin­cial roads, marked by let­ter P for Pro­vin­cial and let­ter D for District, fol­lowed by a num­ber. The D roads in Lim­popo link the prov­ince’s five district mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

Re­gional roads – marked by let­ter R for Re­gional, fol­lowed by a num­ber – are split between the prov­ince and na­tional en­ti­ties. These roads link SANRAL’s four Re­gions (North­ern, South­ern, East­ern and Western). Lim­popo falls in SANRAL’s North­ern Re­gion, which also in­clude the prov­inces of Gaut­eng, Mpumalanga and North West. SANRAL main­tains all na­tional roads in the prov­ince, i.e. the two ‘N’ roads that tra­verse the prov­ince (N1 from Gaut­eng/Lim­popo border to Beit Bridge border post and N11 from Mpumalanga/Lim­popo border to Grob­ler’s Bridge border post), as well as sev­eral ‘R’ roads as in the red box on page 14.

SANRAL’s in­vest­ment in the prov­ince has been par­tic­u­larly vis­i­ble in the last cou­ple of years; var­i­ous roads have been vastly im­proved by the na­tional agency.

“We have done an ex­cel­lent work in Lim­popo and will con­tinue to part­ner with other spheres of gov­ern­ment for the pro­vi­sion of road in­fra­struc­ture in the prov­ince,” says Mr Hlahla.

Work done by SANRAL in the prov­ince in re­cent times in­clude a ve­hi­cle bridge and two pedes­trian bridges on the N1 through Bot­lokwa, which were of­fi­cially opened in Oc­to­ber 2017, mainly to im­prove road safety in the area.

Mr Hlahla hopes that the part­ner­ship between SANRAL and RAL will con­tinue to en­sure the de­liv­ery of world-class in­fra­struc­ture to all South Africans.

“Stake­holder con­sul­ta­tions re­main key and we will con­tinue to con­sult our stake­hold­ers as we im­ple­ment projects in the prov­ince.”

SANRAL has also com­mit­ted to im­prove road safety on the R37 stretch to Burg­ers­fort. Mea­sures will in­clude the erec­tion of traf­fic signs and street light­ing, re­pair­ing and erect­ing new fences to pre­vent di­rect ac­cess onto the road, and the widen­ing of the ex­ist­ing road from a sin­gle car­riage­way to a four-lane car­riage­way.

“The planned new four-lane will have guardrails to sep­a­rate the car­riage­ways, des­ig­nated pedes­trian cross­ing ar­eas, side­walks, pub­lic trans­port stops and pro­tected refuge is­lands,” con­cluded Mr Hlahla.


Like RAL, SANRAL is com­mit­ted to eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in the ar­eas where it im­ple­ments its projects. As per the gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy for Small Medium and Mi­cro En­ter­prise (SMME) de­vel­op­ment, main con­trac­tors are re­quired to sub­con­tract 30% of the con­tract value to lo­cal SMMEs and em­ploy lo­cal labour. SANRAL cur­rently has 12 main Rou­tine Road Main­te­nance (RRM) con­tracts for its road net­work in Lim­popo and ap­prox­i­mately 36 sub­con­trac­tors.

RRM con­sists of on­go­ing up­keep of the road and road re­serves. It in­cludes patch­ing pot­holes, grass cut­ting, re­pair­ing dam­aged guard rails hit by cars, fix­ing road signs, clean­ing and clear­ing storm wa­ter

cul­verts, re­mov­ing car­casses and clear­ing the road af­ter traf­fic ac­ci­dents.

SMMEs in Lim­popo who work on RRM projects in­clude Vul’in­dlela, Vuk’uzen­zele, BRBF and Star of Life, among oth­ers.

Lim­popo con­trac­tors are en­cour­aged to ten­der for SANRAL RRM op­por­tu­ni­ties when they are ad­ver­tised on SANRAL, Con­struc­tion In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Board (CIDB) and Na­tional Trea­sury web­sites. The SMMEs are en­cour­aged to also ten­der for SANRAL op­por­tu­ni­ties when ad­ver­tised through lo­cal me­dia and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties’ no­tice boards.

RRM projects run on three-year cy­cles. SMME par­tic­i­pa­tion and regis­tra­tion for other sub­con­tract­ing and sup­ply op­por­tu­ni­ties can be done through the rel­e­vant lo­cal and district mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

Part of N1 Polok­wane Ring Road, the project is one of sev­eral cur­rent road in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ments made by SANRAL in the Lim­popo Prov­ince. The ring road is due for com­ple­tion in the first half of 2019.

Progress Hlahla, SANRAL’s re­gional man­ager re­spon­si­ble for Lim­popo Prov­ince. Lim­popo falls un­der SANRAL’s North­ern Re­gion, which also in­clude the prov­inces of Gaut­eng, Mpumalanga and North West.

SANRAL en­cour­ages small busi­nesses in Lim­popo Prov­ince to bid for its Rou­tine Road Main­te­nance (RRM) op­por­tu­ni­ties. The na­tional roads agency cur­rently has 12 main RRM con­tracts and 36 sub­con­trac­tors in the prov­ince.

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