New man at the helm of SANRAL’s East­ern Re­gion

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

IT will not be busi­ness as usual at roads agency SANRAL.

This as the agency em­braces in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment and ser­vice de­liv­ery for gen­er­at­ing eco­nomic growth, al­le­vi­at­ing poverty, re­duc­ing the scourge of in­equal­ity and in­creas­ing in­ter­na­tional com­pet­i­tive­ness.

These are the sen­ti­ments of Du­misani Nk­abinde, SANRAL’s newly-ap­pointed manager for the East­ern Re­gion.

A Civil En­gi­neer by pro­fes­sion, Nk­abinde holds a Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion de­gree and a Diploma in Project Man­age­ment.

He is cur­rently study­ing to­wards com­plet­ing a Mas­ters De­gree in En­gi­neer­ing at the Univer­sity of Stel­len­bosch.

Start­ing his ca­reer at Eyethu Con­sult­ing En­gi­neers in 2003, Nk­abinde worked his way up from in­tern en­gi­neer to de­sign en­gi­neer.

His ca­reer at SANRAL be­gan in 2007 as Projects En­gi­neer for the East­ern Re­gion, cov­er­ing KZN and the Free State.

While Nk­abinde’s first projects for SANRAL were in Gaut­eng, he man­aged var­i­ous projects in the de­sign and construction phase in KZN, in­clud­ing the Nkodibe, KwaMbonambi and Bal­lito in­ter­changes on the N2.

Sub­se­quent projects in­cluded the up­grad­ing of 40km of the N2 from Pon­gola to the Mpumalanga bor­der.

Nk­abinde has over­seen many other projects, in­clud­ing com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment projects, road safety projects, rou­tine road main­te­nance con­tracts and road re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion projects.

More re­cently he project man­aged the construction of the N2 interchange and roads up­grad­ing in Mtu­batuba, and construction of the Eteza Traf­fic Con­trol Cen­tre on the N2.

For­merly the Op­er­a­tions and Main­te­nance Manager for the East­ern Re­gion, Nk­abinde took over the re­gional reins from Lo­gashri Sew­narain who left to join the pri­vate sec­tor.

‘I have big boots to fill. Lo­gashri has had two decades of ex­pe­ri­ence and was so knowl­edge­able on al­most all as­pects of road de­sign, construction, op­er­a­tions and main­te­nance,’ said Nk­abinde.

‘How­ever, I have worked with her and many other ex­perts within SANRAL for some time and ac­cept my new re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as a chal­lenge.

‘SANRAL has com­mit­ted to go­ing be­yond the min­i­mum re­quire­ments for trans­for­ma­tion set by ex­ist­ing leg­isla­tive and reg­u­la­tory frame­works, and has clearly de­fined tar­gets for the par­tic­i­pa­tion of black con­trac­tors, pro­fes­sion­als and sup­pli­ers in all its projects.

‘SANRAL will, in fu­ture, use its pro­cure­ment and sup­ply chain pro­cesses to trans­form the construction in­dus­try, break down mo­nop­o­lies, and ad­vance the broad par­tic­i­pa­tion of black-owned con­trac­tors and sup­pli­ers.

‘In­vest­ment in roads in­fra­struc­ture up­grades, es­pe­cially in ru­ral and un­der-de­vel­oped com­mu­ni­ties, bridges the in­equal­ity gap in so­ci­ety, cre­ates jobs and ad­dresses

poverty.’

Du­misani Nk­abinde is SANRAL’s newly-ap­pointed Re­gional Manager for the East­ern Re­gion SANRAL

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