Note from the Edi­tor

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The third quar­ter of the cal­en­dar year or Q2 of the fi­nan­cial year is al­ways a big re­port back time at the Roads Agency Limpopo. In the sec­ond month of the quar­ter, Au­gust, the An­nual Re­port is pub­lished and the of­fice of the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral of South Africa (AGSA) gives its au­dit opin­ion on var­i­ous or­gans of state, in­clud­ing RAL.

And for the last three fi­nan­cial years, since 2015/16, it has been a re­as­sur­ing time at the Agency, par­tic­u­larly for the un­flag­ging staff who has been putting in the hard work to turn this or­gan­i­sa­tion around. RAL has been get­ting im­proved au­dit opin­ion year af­ter year with­out re­gres­sion. For the year un­der re­view, the Agency achieved un­qual­i­fied au­dit opin­ion, the same as the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year.

Like the Limpopo State of the Prov­ince Ad­dress and De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works, Roads and In­fra­struc­ture’s Bud­get Vote had been lead sto­ries in the two pre­vi­ous edi­tions re­spec­tively; RAL au­dit opin­ion and the events around it, such as the Board’s strate­gic plan­ning ses­sion, nat­u­rally leads this edi­tion. We also break­down some of the tech­ni­cal terms and other con­fus­ing words used in the au­dit re­ports, with the as­sis­tance of ‘Au­dit­ing 101’ from an AGSA hand­book no less, that the me­dia, and op­por­tunis­tic politi­cians and po­lit­i­cal par­ties use to mis­lead and rile our peo­ple.

The provin­cial gov­ern­ment’s pro­gramme on ser­vice de­liv­ery for the year ahead and the bud­get al­lo­ca­tion segue well into how RAL is cre­at­ing part­ner­ships with the pri­vate sec­tor rel­e­vant to or ben­e­fit­ing from the Limpopo Provin­cial road in­fra­struc­ture net­work to help aug­ment its con­strained bud­getary and fi­nan­cial re­sources for de­liv­ery of a peren­nial ser­vice de­liv­ery con­cern, the con­struc­tion, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and main­te­nance of Limpopo roads.

The two strate­gic part­ner­ships fea­tured in this edi­tion best un­der­pins what the CEO of RAL, Mase­la­ganye Matji has been ham­mer­ing on when he says ev­ery lit­tle amount counts in this Strate­gic Part­ner­ship Ap­proach. Ad­dress­ing one of the many stake­holder en­gage­ment and fundrais­ing ses­sions on this drive, Mr Matji said: “We want ev­ery­one to be part of the so­lu­tion to our coun­try, our prov­ince and to our lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­ity. We must work as a col­lec­tive to change how the area where we live looks.”

And the con­fi­dence on how the Agency han­dles its fi­nances and is­sues of gov­er­nance has never been high.

Bar­loworld Equip­ment, a divi­sion of the Bar­loworld South Africa, signed a MoU for a non-fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tion to boost emerg­ing con­trac­tors in the Limpopo Prov­ince while a new player in the Sekhukhune min­ing dis­trict, Rakhoma Min­ing Re­sources, com­mit­ted R6.5 mil­lion in a MoA to fund a road up­grade that will mu­tu­ally ben­e­fit its min­ing op­er­a­tions and the com­mu­nity of Ga-Mo­gashoa.

And in our quest to keep on im­prov­ing the con­tent of your favourite news­let­ter, Mmileng, we have in­tro­duced yet an­other sec­tion un­der the ‘In­side RAL’ tag. This sec­tion aims to shed light on the in­side work­ings of Roads Agency Limpopo, the pro­cesses and the cul­ture of how our team of pro­fes­sion­als works tire­lessly to oil the ma­chin­ery of this Agency in or­der to de­liver on its man­date.

Con­tri­bu­tions are by staff, across dif­fer­ent units. We kick-off this sec­tion with a con­tri­bu­tion from the Gov­er­nance, Risk and Com­pli­ance Unit on how RAL ‘Risk Cham­pi­ons’ are em­pow­ered to en­sure the de­liv­ery of var­i­ous road pro­jects is within the al­lo­cated bud­get and es­ti­mated time of com­ple­tion.

Our vox pop fea­ture, Min­tirho ya Vulavula, is prov­ing pop­u­lar and com­mu­nity mem­bers in pro­ject ar­eas are al­ways ea­ger to give us feed­back of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the thank­less job the Agency is do­ing of de­liv­er­ing road in­fra­struc­ture eq­ui­tably for the peo­ple of this prov­ince.

Other key high­lights in this edi­tion in­clude a beau­ti­fully de­signed ‘RAL at Work’ road D1392 that trans­verses the vil­lages of Ga-Malekane, Ga-Mam­puru, Ga-Phasha, Tukak­gomo and GaMahlak­wena in the Sekhukhune Dis­trict Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, as yet an­other thank­ful com­mu­nity takes de­liv­ery of a new road, and a Big In­ter­view pro­file with RAL Com­pany Sec­re­tary Te­bogo Kekana - a se­nior wo­man in a piv­otal role at the Agency and our fea­tured per­son­al­ity, Kaizer Chiefs’ Ramahlwe Mphahlele, a leader on the pitch and an in­spi­ra­tion off it.

You are still en­cour­aged to keep on send­ing ‘Let­ters to the Edi­tor’ by ad­dress­ing them to The Edi­tor Mmileng, Pri­vate Bag X 9554, Polok­wane, 7000 or email them to Mmileng Edi­tor at many­athe­labm@ral.co.za

Read on!

MR MAROPENG MANYATHELA, RAL’s Head of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions

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