Roads Agency Lim­popo Seal R75 Mil­lion Deal with Skills De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity

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Roads Agency Lim­popo (RAL) and the Trans­port Ed­u­ca­tion Train­ing Au­thor­ity (TETA), a qual­ity as­surer and skills de­vel­op­ment au­thor­ity, re­cently signed a R75 Mil­lion strate­gic part­ner­ships agree­ment.

The Memorandum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) seeks to sup­port skills de­vel­op­ment and poverty al­le­vi­a­tion amongst the youth, women and peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties in the Lim­popo Prov­ince trans­port sec­tor, as well as of­fer pub­lic aware­ness and road safety ed­u­ca­tion.

TETA sees this part­ner­ship with RAL as an op­por­tu­nity to in­ten­sify its reach and im­pact. In terms of the MoU agree­ment, RAL will of­fer Op­tional Prac­ti­cal Train­ing (OPT) op­por­tu­ni­ties in its var­i­ous pro­grammes and projects for the next 12 months.

The three ar­eas to be cov­ered in­clude; Recog­ni­tion of Prior Learn­ing (RPL), which will tar­get 400 ar­ti­sans and back­yard com­pa­nies, and Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment and Sup­port, which will tar­get 1 000 emerg­ing con­trac­tors and a fur­ther 100 ben­e­fi­cia­ries per district of the five Lim­popo district mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, namely Capri­corn, Mopani, Sekhukhune, Vhembe and Water­berg.

Ac­cord­ing to RAL CEO Maselaganye Matji, the Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment and Sup­port el­e­ment fits di­rectly into the Agency’s Small Medium and Mi­cro En­ter­prises (SMMEs) pro­gramme.

“In the or­gan­i­sa­tion (RAL), we have a ded­i­cated unit for SMME de­vel­op­ment, mon­i­tor­ing pro­grammes in all the projects that we are run­ning and en­sur­ing that we get re­li­able data that can in­form our strat­egy for SMME de­vel­op­ment,” says Mr Matji.

TETA will use its skills de­vel­op­ment funds to fund pro­grammes re­lated to roads and trans­port sec­tor as a top up to RAL pro­grammes for road in­fra­struc­ture de­liv­ery.

There will also be driver train­ing and road safety ed­u­ca­tion as­pect, the third area of fo­cus, which will tar­get 120 gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials in­clud­ing but not lim­ited to those in the Lim­popo Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works, Roads and In­fra­struc­ture; Lim­popo Depart­ment of

Trans­port and Com­mu­nity Safety; Roads Agency Lim­popo; and the five Lim­popo district mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

RAL and TETA will es­tab­lish as Joint Work­ing Com­mit­tee (JWC) to de­velop an an­nual joint pro­gramme of work.

Dr Cornelius Reuters for RAL said this is the begin­ning of a greater part­ner­ship between RAL and TETA. “Lim­popo faces a lot of traf­fic and a lot of is­sues from the roads per­spec­tive. And the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the ar­eas of fo­cus that we need for the prov­ince was im­per­a­tive,” said Dr Reuters.

TETA has ap­pointed Camissa In­sti­tute of Hu­man Per­for­mance, who have ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing on the ground in Lim­popo Prov­ince, to fa­cil­i­tate the three pro­grammes.

As a road in­fra­struc­ture de­liv­ery paras­tatal, RAL plays a key role in the so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the prov­ince. “RAL use roads as ve­hi­cle for driv­ing and grow­ing the econ­omy, cre­at­ing jobs and sup­port­ing ru­ral de­vel­op­ment in ar­eas where it im­ple­ments its projects,” says Mr Matji.

The main con­trac­tors are re­quired to sub­con­tract 30% of con­tract value to lo­cal SMMEs and spent 10% of con­tract value to em­ploy lo­cal labour­ers.

In the pe­riod 2015 to 2017, a to­tal of R460 mil­lion and R76 744 mil­lion were spent on lo­cal SMMEs and labour­ers in project ar­eas re­spec­tively. And a to­tal of 3 833 job op­por­tu­ni­ties were cre­ated in this re­gard.

Part of the bud­get that is ringfenced for the de­vel­op­ment of lo­cal SMMEs and labour­ers is used to of­fer lo­cal labour­ers on-the-job and ac­cred­ited train­ing. And also in the pe­riod 2015 to 2017, RAL has equipped a to­tal of 1 033 lo­cals – 60% of whom are women and the youth - with ac­cred­ited train­ing.

These fig­ures are in­de­pen­dently au­dited.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Matji, this is a way to up­lift and leave skills in com­mu­ni­ties.

“We en­sure that lo­cal SMMEs un­der­stand busi­ness prin­ci­ples to bet­ter run their busi­nesses and to bet­ter equip lo­cal labour­ers to par­tic­i­pate in fu­ture projects.”

Added to the on-the-job train­ing, which fo­cuses on road con­struc­tion projects, RAL has for many years sup­ported a con­sid­er­able num­ber of stu­dents pur­su­ing theirs stud­ies in Civil En­gi­neer­ing with bur­saries and in­tern­ships.

“It is the pri­or­ity of the cur­rent RAL lead­er­ship to con­tinue to make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of the youth of Lim­popo Prov­ince and South Africa. And this agree­ment with TETA will go a long way in achiev­ing that ob­jec­tive,” said Mr Matji.

“IT IS THE PRI­OR­ITY OF THE CUR­RENT RAL LEAD­ER­SHIP...TO MAKE A DIF­FER­ENCE IN THE LIVES OF THE YOUTH OF LIM­POPO PROV­INCE...”

Direc­tor at Camissa In­sti­tute of Hu­man Per­for­mance (TETA fa­cil­i­ta­tors) Trevor Taft and Roads Agency Lim­popo CEO Maselaganye Matji flanked by RAL’s Head of En­gi­neer­ing Cornelius Reuters (far left) and Pak­iso Moema (far right), also a direc­tor at Camissa In­sti­tute, dur­ing the MoU sign­ing.

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