Note from the Ed­i­tor

Mmileng - - Contents - MR MAROPENG MANYATHELA,

Wel­come to an­other ex­cit­ing edi­tion of Mmileng. This edi­tion is packed with reg­u­lar fea­tures in­clud­ing the al­ways ed­i­fy­ing Big In­ter­view, pop­u­lar Per­son­al­ity pro­file and RAL at Work. First up, we have high­lights from the Roads Agency Lim­popo share­holder rep­re­sen­ta­tive’s Bud­get Speech. The Hon­ourable Nandi Ndalane, the MEC for Lim­popo Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works, Roads and In­fra­struc­ture tabled her bud­get vote in the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture ear­lier in the quar­ter. Our cov­er­age in­cludes the break­down of the bud­get al­lo­ca­tion to pro­grammes of the depart­ment for the 2018/19 fi­nan­cial year, down to the depart­ment’s flag­ship pub­lic en­tity, RAL, for up­grad­ing and main­te­nance of the pro­vin­cial road in­fra­struc­ture.

Con­sid­er­ing the pro­vin­cial road in­fra­struc­ture back­log, RAL’s bud­get al­lo­ca­tions are never suf­fi­cient. RAL will need R160 bil­lion holy grail to main­tain and up­grade the en­tire road net­work in Lim­popo.

In this re­gard, the Agency is con­tin­u­ing full steam with its suc­cess­ful Strate­gic Part­ner­ship Ap­proach to raise funds from pri­vate sec­tor part­ners to co-fund the up­grad­ing and main­te­nance of roads in the prov­ince. This ap­proach has helped to lessen the bur­den of back­log, and funds raised in just four years are hov­er­ing on half a bil­lion-rand mark.

The con­fi­dence that the pri­vate sec­tor has in the way the Agency han­dles these projects and con­duct its busi­ness has re­sulted in in­creased con­tri­bu­tions and part­ner­ships. A case in point is Exxaro Re­sources, a dom­i­nant miner in Lepha­lale area who re­cently signed a R100 mil­lion Memorandum of Agree­ment to up­grade an­other road as part of a net­work of roads that in the end will link as much as thir­teen vil­lages around Ga-Seleka on the out­skirts to the com­mer­cial cen­tre of Lepha­lale. Exxaro has com­mit­ted to con­tribute ev­ery cent of that project cost. This is even be­fore tools at the site of the cur­rent and first project between the two com­pa­nies, due for com­ple­tion in No­vem­ber 2018, are packed up.

An­other part­ner in road in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment in Lim­popo Prov­ince is the South African Na­tional Roads Agency Lim­ited. We pro­file the na­tional agency’s road in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ments in the prov­ince.

Also, within these pages in the spirit of youth month, we dole up in­spi­ra­tional youth nuggets cour­tesy of Big In­ter­view with RAL Board mem­ber Xit­shem­b­hiso Rus­sel Mu­la­mula and our per­son­al­ity Cor­net Mam­abolo.

Over the past edi­tions you might have no­ticed that we are cut­ting down on In­sights col­umns to grad­u­ally cre­ate more space for con­tent that is of pub­lic in­ter­est. The two re­main­ing ‘in the pub­lic in­ter­est’ col­umns, the Board’s View and from the CEO’s Desk, will from now on ap­pear strate­gi­cally twice out of the cur­rent four edi­tion-cy­cle.

One in­tro­duc­tion in this edi­tion is the vox pop page (Min­tirho ya vulavula), where we get views from mem­bers of the pub­lic at the very coal­face of com­mu­ni­ties on mat­ters of road in­fra­struc­ture, a key ser­vice de­liv­ery con­cern in our prov­ince. This is be­cause we are aware that not ev­ery­one is em­brac­ing new me­dia plat­forms. In this re­gard, we are also invit­ing tra­di­tional ‘Let­ters to the Ed­i­tor’ from the next edi­tion, and you are en­cour­aged to get in­volved. Please ad­dress your let­ters to, The Ed­i­tor Mmileng, Pri­vate Bag X 9554, Polok­wane, 0700.

You can also email your let­ters to Mmileng Ed­i­tor at many­athe­labm@ral.co.za

Oth­er­wise, for im­me­di­ate re­sponse, fol­low us on our rel­a­tively ac­tive so­cial me­dia plat­forms, on Twit­ter @Road­sA­gency and Face­book @road­sagen­cylimpopo. An­other se­cure way to link to our of­fi­cial chan­nels is through the Agency’s web­site, ral.co.za

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