The Board’s View

OUR NEXT GOAL, THE CLEAN AU­DIT OPIN­ION, NEEDS ALL HANDS ON DECK

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The past three fi­nan­cial years have been a daunt­ing pe­riod for Roads Agency Limpopo (RAL). Tak­ing over the reins at RAL has been one of the ful­fill­ing roles for the Board of Direc­tors un­der my lead­er­ship. Our im­me­di­ate chal­lenge was to cre­ate an en­abling in­sti­tu­tional en­vi­ron­ment that pro­motes the ef­fi­cient, ac­count­able and trans­par­ent use of all re­sources de­ployed by the gov­ern­ment and other part­ners to ad­vance the achieve­ment of RAL’s core busi­ness ob­jec­tives.

This, how­ever, has come at a heavy price. The Board had to take un­favourable de­ci­sions to turn­around the neg­a­tive sit­u­a­tion within the or­gan­i­sa­tion and en­sure that proper gov­er­nance be­comes the or­der of the day. Our goal was, mainly, to see RAL play­ing a more ac­tive role in en­sur­ing that our road net­work be­come the chief fa­cil­i­ta­tor of fresh in­vest­ments and rapid eco­nomic growth, and on the other hand cre­ate the much need jobs for the prov­ince of Limpopo.

The de­light in the re­cent com­ple­tion of one of our flag­ship pro­jects, the 23-kilo­me­tre road D1392, from Ga-Malekane to Ga-Mam­puru to Ga- Phasha to Tukak­gomo to Ga-Mahlak­wena can­not be over em­pha­sised.

Added to this pro­ject, we will be of­fi­cially hand­ing over to our val­ued com­mu­ni­ties in the form of launches, a con­sid­er­able num­ber of other com­pleted pro­jects be­tween Oc­to­ber 2018 and De­cem­ber 2018. Since RAL was ef­fec­tively re­turned from sec­tion 100 ad­min­is­tra­tion in early 2014, and the Board of Direc­tors was sub­se­quently ap­pointed in April 2014, in to­tal the Agency has com­pleted 70 pro­jects. The cur­rent board was ap­pointed in Fe­bru­ary 2018.

This achieve­ment could not have been re­alised with­out the sup­port of man­age­ment and staff, the Share­holder Rep­re­sen­ta­tive and more im­por­tantly the peo­ple we serve, the Limpopo com­mu­ni­ties. We re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate their sup­port.

Go­ing for­ward, the Board’s pri­or­ity is to con­sol­i­date and pro­tect hard won gains.

Pro­tect­ing these gains is a clear recog­ni­tion that they (gains) did not come cheap and there­fore los­ing them will lead RAL to regress to its un­de­sir­able for­mer self and will serve as in­di­ca­tion of no ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the im­mense sup­port the Board re­ceived from the Share­holder Rep­re­sen­ta­tive and RAL man­age­ment.

The Agency re­tain­ing the un­qual­i­fied au­dit opin­ion is a clear in­di­ca­tion that we have made that right in­vest­ment and that we are on the right path to­wards achiev­ing our next goal, a clean au­dit opin­ion. That is where we want RAL to be af­ter the re­view of the 2018/19 fi­nan­cial year.

We there­fore want to make it very clear to man­age­ment that the Board will not ac­cept any­thing less than a clean au­dit opin­ion in 2018/19.

As the agent of the Limpopo Provin­cial Gov­ern­ment, Roads Agency Limpopo and the Board re­mains guided by the wis­dom of the MEC for the De­part­ment of Pub­lic Works, Roads and In­fra­struc­ture, Honourable Nandi Ndalane, the share­holder rep­re­sen­ta­tive in our con­tin­u­ing quest for an or­gan­i­sa­tion whose per­for­mance is beyond mea­sure.

In our view, the role played by RAL is much more than the de­liv­ery of mor­tar and phys­i­cal struc­tures. We are con­nect­ing the peo­ple of Limpopo, en­abling busi­ness and more im­por­tantly cre­at­ing ac­cess for kids to go to schools and par­ents to reach eco­nomic cen­tres and their work­places.

That is the big­ger and sig­nif­i­cant role played by Roads Agency Limpopo. We want all the role play­ers in par­tic­u­lar, the staff of RAL to un­der­stand this as­pect and how they best con­trib­ute to en­sure it is re­alised. We will work with the Ex­ec­u­tive Man­age­ment in in­still­ing this mes­sage.

Fi­nally, to the peo­ple who em­ployed us, the com­mu­ni­ties we serve. We are mind­ful of the fact that the peo­ple of Limpopo do not need ex­cuses but road in­fra­struc­ture ser­vice de­liv­ery. We have there­fore taken it upon our shoul­ders to de­liver on this un­der­tak­ing, within our re­source con­straints. It is through work­ing to­gether that we can col­lec­tively have a pos­i­tive im­pact in im­prov­ing our prov­ince.

MR MATOME RALEBIPI, RAL Board Chair­per­son

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