CHANGE IS GOOD

Public Sector Manager - - Advertorial -

Ever since its es­tab­lish­ment in 1998, SAN­RAL has sought to be the dif­fer­en­tia­tor that changes peo­ple’s lives. This has been achieved in many ways - from the type of roads it en­gi­neers to the kind of peo­ple it em­ploys. In keep­ing with its char­ac­ter as an or­gan­i­sa­tion that strives to al­ways ex­ceed goals set, SAN­RAL is forg­ing ahead with cre­at­ing a new nar­ra­tive around trans­for­ma­tion which will ben­e­fit the cit­i­zenry of South Africa. By recog­nis­ing its role in the con­struc­tion sec­tor and re­lated in­dus­tries, and the im­pact its pro­cure­ment poli­cies and prac­tices have on mil­lions of peo­ple across South Africa, SAN­RAL ac­cepts the re­spon­si­bil­ity that it has to be one of many that trans­forms the con­struc­tion in­dus­try. To this end, SAN­RAL is go­ing on na­tion­wide trans­for­ma­tion stake­holder en­gage­ments where it will in­tro­duce South Africans to its vi­sion for the fu­ture. In its Hori­zon 2030 Strat­egy, SAN­RAL aims to make this vi­sion a re­al­ity. A ma­jor el­e­ment of this new strat­egy is its Trans­for­ma­tion Pol­icy. An or­gan­i­sa­tion like SAN­RAL is and has al­ways been so­lu­tions-driven. Th­ese work­shops will com­mu­ni­cate SAN­RAL’s in­tent to in­volve black busi­nesses com­pro­mis­ing con­trac­tors, pro­fes­sion­als, sup­pli­ers and ser­vice providers in all SAN­RAL com­mis­sioned projects, be­yond the min­i­mum lev­els set by law. SAN­RAL is pro­vid­ing a so­lu­tion on how to max­imise their par­tic­i­pa­tion, es­pe­cially women, the youth, the dis­abled and mil­i­tary vet­er­ans. The SAN­RAL trans­for­ma­tion and stake­holder en­gage­ments team will be trav­el­ling to more than 20 cities and towns, giv­ing over 30 work­shops, to hun­dreds of peo­ple at a time, dis­cussing and en­gag­ing with stake­hold­ers from all walks of life. Tak­ing part in th­ese work­shops will be play­ers in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try, SMMEs, cham­bers of com­merce, busi­ness fo­rums, na­tional, provin­cial and lo­cal govern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives. The South African govern­ment and its state-owned en­ti­ties con­tinue to open up doors that al­low for its cit­i­zens to be ac­tive par­tic­i­pants in the coun­try’s main­stream econ­omy. The Na­tional Devel­op­ment Plan (NDP) de­scribes South Africa’s road net­work as the coun­try’s largest sin­gle pub­lic as­set. SAN­RAL has been the cus­to­dian of na­tional roads that form the core of this net­work and stretches into all none prov­inces - link­ing cities to towns and peo­ple to places of work and in­ter­est. The NDP de­scribes in de­tail how the na­tional and provin­cial road net­work links to broader trans­port strate­gies, in­clud­ing the in­ten­tion to shift freight haulage from road to rail, the fu­ture of long-dis­tance pas­sen­ger trans­port op­tions and the need to pre­vent fur­ther de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of lo­cal and provin­cial roads through timely and ef­fec­tive main­te­nance. In meet­ing the NDP ob­jec­tives, fol­low­ing its launch by Trans­port Min­is­ter Joe Maswan­ganyi, Hori­zon 2030 – SAN­RAL’s long-term strat­egy - high­lights the role that the na­tional road net­work can play in re­duc­ing in­equal­ity and elim­i­nate poverty. Th­ese ef­forts will as­sist in grow­ing the econ­omy of South Africa. Hori­zon 2030 cov­ers all as­pects of SAN­RAL’s man­date, in­clud­ing the design, con­struc­tion and man­age­ment of the na­tional road net­work, fu­ture fund­ing mod­els for road devel­op­ment and the role that in­fra­struc­ture can play in road safety. The strat­egy is an­chored on four pil­lars:

• Roads: SAN­RAL has a pri­mary man­date to man­age and con­trol the na­tional road net­work and take charge, amongst oth­ers, of the devel­op­ment, main­te­nance and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of na­tional roads.

Road Safety: South Africa has among the high­est road crash fa­tal­ity rates in the world. South Africa is com­mit­ted to the United Na­tions’ Decade of Ac­tion to sta­bilise and re­duce the level of road traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties. SAN­RAL sup­ports the Safe Sys­tems ap­proach to road safety which in­volves the pro­vi­sion of safe road in­fra­struc­ture that re­duces the risk of a se­ri­ous in­jury or death when a crash oc­curs, as well as the im­ple­men­ta­tion of road safety ed­u­ca­tional and aware­ness pro­grammes that will lead to changed at­ti­tudes and be­hav­iour among all road users.

Stake­hold­ers: SAN­RAL serves a wide spec­trum of stake­hold­ers rang­ing from road users (pri­vate as well as trans­porters) who com­mute on the road net­work on a reg­u­lar ba­sis to com­mu­ni­ties who live in close prox­im­ity to the roads. SAN­RAL also con­tin­ues to reach out to stake­hold­ers in all the three spheres of govern­ment.

Mo­bil­ity: The ef­fi­cient and safe move­ment of peo­ple and goods are key to the eco­nomic up­lift­ment of all South Africans. Rapid de­vel­op­ments in tech­nol­ogy and in­no­va­tive trans­port so­lu­tions, presents sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­ni­ties to en­sure in­clu­sive and in­te­grated eco­nomic growth. A seam­less con­nec­tion be­tween the var­i­ous road users, road net­works and trans­port modes, will pro­mote such growth.

Trans­for­ma­tion is one of eight en­ablers that sup­port th­ese pil­lars. SAN­RAL, through its Trans­for­ma­tion Pol­icy, in­tends to open up the econ­omy to all. Thereby trans­form­ing it­self and the con­struc­tion sec­tor and re­lated in­dus­tries to con­tinue meet the cit­i­zenry’s ba­sic so­cio-eco­nomic needs.

CEO Skhum­buzo Ma­co­zoma SAN­RAL

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