Premier Road De­liv­ered For Grate­ful Com­mu­nity

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he up­grad­ing, from gravel to tar, of road D1392 in the Sekhukhune Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Limpopo Prov­ince that has been three years in the mak­ing is fi­nally com­plete.

The 36 months pro­ject was for the up­grad­ing of a 23.7 kilo­me­tres stretch from Ga-Malekane (6.2kms from the in­ter­sec­tion with road D2219) to Ga-Mahlak­wena at the in­ter­sec­tion with road D1296 that links to R37 to Polok­wane and R555 to Steelpoort.

The road D1392 passes through the vil­lages of Ga-Mam­puru, Ga-Phasha and Tukak­gomo.

The road was one of those that re­quired the in­ter­ven­tion of the new man­age­ment of Roads Agency Limpopo that was ap­pointed in 2015 when the Agency was ef­fec­tively re­turned from sec­tion 100 ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The area was volatile and the in­ter­ven­tion on the po­lit­i­cal head of the prov­ince, the Honourable Premier Chupu Stan­ley Matha­batha was sought to calm up­heavals as the Agency fo­cused on the spade­work.

And the elated Premier Matha­batha says the turnover of road pro­jects since RAL was ef­fec­tively re­turned from sec­tion 100 ad­min­is­tra­tion in 2015 has been im­pres­sive. RAL has de­liv­ered 70 road pro­jects since 2015

“This road, in par­tic­u­lar, has been one of the prides of the turn­around of the Roads Agency Limpopo,” said Premier Matha­batha.

The event that was planned for Oc­to­ber 2018 to of­fi­cially han­dover the road to the com­mu­nity was post­poned in­def­i­nitely. A new suit­able


date for the com­mu­nity to cel­e­brate own­er­ship of this new road will be com­mu­ni­cated as soon as it is avail­able.

RAL Pro­ject Man­ager Nick Muthivheli says the of­fi­cial pro­ject prac­ti­cal com­ple­tion date is recorded as 10 Au­gust 2018, when all in­stal­la­tions such as road mark­ings and signs, side­walks, and traf­fic calm­ing mea­sures like speed humps had been in­stalled. The pro­ject had only 12 days of ap­proved ex­ten­sion time due to com­mu­nity protests.

How­ever, the road has been open to traf­fic since Jan­uary 2018, when ve­hi­cles and the com­mu­nity at large started us­ing the road.

“No ad­di­tional cent was spent on the pro­ject and it was com­pleted within the al­lo­cated bud­get even though we faced var­i­ous chal­lenges such as re­stricted work­ing area due to nar­row road re­serves, and in­ter­mit­tent water and elec­tric­ity ser­vices within the avail­able road re­serve that have to be re­lo­cated,” says Mr Muthivheli.

The road is an eco­nom­i­cally strate­gic road as it links to mines in the Fe­tak­gomo Tu­batse Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, and the pro­ject has also con­trib­uted to the so­cioe­co­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the area.

RAL ringfences 30% of ev­ery pro­ject value to the em­ploy­ment (sub­con­tract­ing) of lo­cal Small, Medium and Mi­cro En­ter­prises (SMMEs) and 10% to the em­ploy­ment of lo­cal labour­ers in ar­eas where it im­ple­ments its con­struc­tion pro­jects.

The pro­cure­ment of SMMEs is lim­ited to the lo­cal­ity of Limpopo Prov­ince with pref­er­ence given in the pri­or­ity or­der of, first to SMMEs from af­fected vil­lages, then to those within the lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity be­fore ex­plor­ing the dis­trict mu­nic­i­pal­ity labour and sup­pli­ers’ catch­ment area.

“The con­tract also re­quired from the con­trac­tor


to make use of the avail­able ser­vices of SMMEs as sub­con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers on this pro­ject,” says Mr Muthivheli, who also heads RAL’s SMME unit.

The con­trac­tor overachieved on its tar­get in this re­gard, spend­ing R133 247 930.04 (158.43%) on the em­ploy­ment of SMMEs from the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. The con­trac­tu­ally re­quired amount for the em­ploy­ment of SMMEs, in­clud­ing ac­cred­ited on-the-job train­ing, sup­ply of ma­te­ri­als and sub­con­tract­ing the con­struc­tion of stormwa­ter cul­verts, paving of side­walks etc., had been set at R84 106 213.21 (30.25% of con­tact value, ex­clud­ing VAT & con­tin­gen­cies).

The con­trac­tor could only achieve 64% of lo­cal labour tar­gets of 10.5% of con­tract value. In the end, an amount of R19 132 654.77 was spent on the em­ploy­ment of 347 lo­cal labour­ers on the pro­ject, 226 of whom are young peo­ple and 55 are women.

RAL has overachieved on its au­dited small busi­ness de­vel­op­ment and labour tar­gets for 2017/18. (Mmileng Q2 2018)

One of the chal­lenges for this pro­ject was the short­age of skills in the first catch­ment area of the vil­lages ad­ja­cent to the road.

Sa­muel Kgaria from Tukak­gomo, who had been a rov­ing house-to-house street ven­dor selling women items such as ear­rings, nail pol­ishes and doeks (head­scarves) be­fore he was em­ployed on the pro­ject as the Com­mu­nity Li­ai­son Of­fi­cer (CLO), said de­spite this chal­lenge they were still able to achieve a de­cent eq­ui­table bal­ance of labour­ers across the seven or so ad­ja­cent vil­lages when­ever the con­trac­tor went on a re­cruit­ment drive.

“I was able to as­sist the con­trac­tor in get­ting equal num­ber of re­quired labour­ers from across all ar­eas, such as Ga-Mam­puru, Ga-Phasha, Tukak­gomo, Stock­ing, Longtill and Mahlak­wena. Ev­ery­one is happy,” said Mr Kgaria.

Other ben­e­fits of this road to the pub­lic and the com­mu­nity in­clude lower ve­hi­cle op­er­at­ing cost, an all-weather, dust free and safer road, and im­proved ac­cess for com­mu­ni­ties.

Since 2015, Roads Agency Limpopo has suc­cess­fully com­pleted 70 road pro­jects across five dis­tricts. Road D1392 (pic­tured) in the Sekhukhune Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is one of 12 pro­jects al­ready com­pleted so far this fi­nan­cial year (1 April 2018 to 30 Septem­ber 2018).

Road D1392 is no longer a Ber­muda road. The end-to end tar con­struc­tion started 6.2kms from the in­ter­sec­tion with road D2219 at Ga-Malekane and ended where the road con­nects to D1296 at Ga-Mahlak­wena (above).

Road D1392 be­tween Ga-Malekane and Mahlak­wena, that passes through the vil­lages of Ga-Mam­puru, Ga-Phasha and Tukak­gomo has been open for traf­fic since Jan­uary 2018.

Sa­muel Kgaria (with a spade), from Tukak­gomo, was em­ployed on the pro­ject. Read more about what Mr Kgaria and other com­mu­nity mem­bers have to say about the ben­e­fits of the tarred road D1392 in ‘Min­tirho ya Vulavula’ on page 23.

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